Can you innovate across the generations? If you can’t — then you’ve got a big problem to fix!
I do a tremendous number of keynotes that focus on the issue of “managing Millenials,” and the complexities of change occurring in the workplace. See, for example, my blog post, “Don’t Mess with my Powder, Dude.” (below)
Yet organizations need to move beyond the staffing issues that come with new generations: they must also ensure that they can innovate at the rapid rates demanded in our new world, and they need to do that by keeping up with the new ideas and innovations occurring with younger staff.
In this video clip, I take a look at the story of the “plasma people” and the “carboard people.” Innovation occurs when different generations — with different attitudes to change — can cooperate and see eye to eye, and take advantage of different strengths. In this clip, I tell the story where this clearly wasn’t the case!
This is a video clip from a recent keynote that I gave for hundreds of executives from the grocery and consumer products industries, titled Faster is the New Fast: Innovating for the New. High-Velocity Customer. This story also became the opening chapter in my book, Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast.