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Motivate Gen X with two phrases, “Do it your way” and “Don’t sweat the rules”

Motivate Gen X with two phrases, “Do it your way” and “Don’t sweat the rules”

Many Gen X grew up in divorced single-parent homes.

So they were forced to be self-reliant and unsupervised early on.

They want independence to get it done their way.

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Send your Gen X colleagues well-written emails

Send your Gen X colleagues well-written emails

Gen X grew up with email - but before SMS or apps.

Their teachers stressed correct writing, too.

Poor grammar drives Gen X nuts.

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Acknowledge Gen X's emails quickly.

Acknowledge Gen X's emails quickly.

They will love you.

Gen X wants to know who is responsible at all times.

They grew up when institutions weren’t to be trusted.

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Focus with Gen X on mission and results.

Focus with Gen X on mission and results.

Not seniority, effort, or hours worked.

You’ll often hear Gen X say, “If someone gets the job done in half the time, that’s fine.”

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Allow Gen X a balanced life

Allow Gen X a balanced life

Gen X grew up with workaholic Boomer parents.

Seeing that, Gen X thinks work is part of life but not why they live.

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Bond with Gen X as individuals

Bond with Gen X as individuals

Not as part of a tribe (Millennials) or institution (Boomers).

Institutions from Gov’t to marriage showed they couldn't be trusted during Gen X's youth.

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Be direct with Gen X

Be direct with Gen X

Give them data.

Gen X says “Tell me how it is!” and cuts out the fluff.

For generations like Millennials, this is hard.

Millennials want the “shit sandwich” for feedback.

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Just acknowledge Gen X exists

Just acknowledge Gen X exists

Gen X feels forgotten.

Only 20% of the population.

They’re also the people in your org with their heads down, getting stuff done.

But, take them for granted and they can bolt.

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Expect Gen X to be pessimistic

Expect Gen X to be pessimistic

Boomers/Millennials grew up in ages of abundance.

Gen X is the first generation to NOT do as well financially as their parents or kids did.

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Expect Gen X to want work-life separation

Expect Gen X to want work-life separation

Expect them to be friendly but not “friends” at work.

Unlike recent generations who bring their personal life to work.

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TL;DR: Win by doing these things with Gen X:

TL;DR: Win by doing these things with Gen X:

  • Say "Do it your way"
  • Use well-written emails
  • Say "I got it!"
  • Focus on the mission w/ them
  • Allow life balance
  • Bond as people
  • Be direct
  • Acknowledge they exist
  • Expect pessimism
  • Expect work-life separation

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cristianmezei

@Deepstash Co-founder. Tech geek. Dinosaur. Dad. Chef.

Michael's hit the bloody mark on this one: 9/10, nailed almost everything for me (even though I'm a Millennial, but barely). Definitely a huge help when dealing with Gen X'ers, even though this won't hit the sweet spot all the time (especially for those closer in age to either Boomers (born 1946-64) or Millennials (born 1981-96).

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