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Plays Well With others

The ancient Greeks coined the phrase "Know thyself" to describe the ideal of knowing one's own habits, morals, temperament, ability to control anger, and other aspects of human behavior that we struggle with on a daily basis.

We have evolved past the ancient Greeks to a place where not only self-awareness is key, but using your knowledge to your advantage is the optimum goal. So "Play to your Strength" is the message today.

Do you know what your strengths are? Do you know the strengths of others?

Do you therefore play well with others?

Anyone who has ever attempted to teach a child how to bat a ball knows that you have to first figure out how the kid swings the bat. Does she swing high or low, or like a golf swing or overhead chop like an ax? Then you know how to toss the ball into their wheel house so that they have the best chance of actually connecting with the ball...either fast or slow or straight or with a loft. You and the child then begin to work toward mutual success to connect bat to ball and when that happens everyone feels good and wants to do it again and again for more success.

It's the same with working with other volunteers. Do you know their swing? At which speed or angle do you pitch so they have the best chance at success?

When you are volunteering to work with others who have also volunteered, there is a different dynamic than interacting with your co-workers.

Volunteers in professional organizations are involved for networking and professional growth. The Killer Committee profile uses psychometric science to highlight your behavioral preferences give any situation. You will also learn preferences of others that you play with regularly.

The fact is that the more we understand ourselves, the better we understand others.

Come to the Killer Committee presentation to know yourself and others a little better. Because we all want to work with someone who "Plays Well With Others."

Too Cool for School

Back in the early nineties a major shift happened in business culture. Generation X showed up and brought something with them: Attitude. A "me first" attitude.

An attitude that said, "I don't play the games my parents did when they worked for you. As a matter of fact, I work for me first, then you." Baby Boomers who were witness to this phenomenon were shocked, stunned and dismayed by such a brash and bold stand. How dare these freshmen tell the upper classmen how things were going to go around here? After all, Boomers rule the School.

One thing the baby boomer upper classmen didn't realize at the time was that Gen X brought a powerful skill with them. An understanding of computer technology. And they knew how to use it. Most baby boomers at the time had very limited computer savvy. For many, it was like meeting aliens from another planet. Those with some computer exposure in college had learned how to create a computer program by punching hundreds of IBM cards. Those cards were then fed into the one and only computer serving the entire campus and if you didn't drop them from the box to the floor and if you didn't make a key punch error, the program would run. If the program was successful, then it would print out a document composed of 0's and 1's arranged in some binary code that I still don't understand.

Gen X had almost grown up with computers. To them computers had become almost as common as the telephone. They understood the technology and they knew how to develop software that would allow one to work faster and with improved productivity. Along the way they had lost something that Baby Boomers still harbored at the time, fear of technology.

Advanced computer savvy created employment demand. That demand coupled with Gen X's me-first attitude simply eliminated any concerns they may have had toward unemployment. If they had a job or boss they didn't like, they just left and found another job. This was considered quite radical in the job market at the time. Employers shunned candidates who had "streaky" employment histories. The upper classmen Baby Boomers had been taught that you were defined by what you do. If one changed jobs frequently, you were a job-hopper. You were unstable and couldn't be depended upon. There must be something wrong with this person.

This is just one simple example of many things that contributed to a huge cultural clash attributed to differences in work ethic and social norms within the workplace.

That was then. This is now.

This clash continues as Gen X now moves into a sophomore role. Flash to the new millennium - There is a new freshmen class on campus. They're called Generation Y. Stand by because their all bright and shiny with high expectations of themselves and those they work with. If you are part of this generation you already know that things just don't happen fast enough for you. These twenty-something's believe they can do anything and are out to prove it.

No matter what generation defines you or you don't like labels at all, you have to admit that there are more misunderstandings and miscommunications now simply because we are not often on the same page for the beginning. Never before have we experienced such diversity within work ethics, beliefs and more.

The good news is that a lot of really good work has been done to help identify on-the-job generational differences. Join me for the "Generations in Change" presentation and WE will define our own differences as a group and have a lot of fun doing it. Once we become aware of these differences, an understanding takes place and new perspectives are gained.

We can then find synergy among the things we have in common. Once we achieve synergy, we can all become "Too Cool for School."

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