Fixing outcomes by understanding motivations of those who run the roost in our country or are in positions of power and control. A short guide to help millennials understand Gen X.
Who are GEN X ?
These 42-57 year-olds are a complex being, if you crack the code it presents opportunities you can unlock to work for you vs getting frustrated with them.
What you must understand vs hating on them is the peculiar situation they are in. Some Gen Xers are closer in age to either Boomers (born 1946-64) or Millennials (born 1981-96). That is a weird stat to process, but the sooner you process it the sooner you will be able to manage your outcomes.
Gen X’s parents were boomers who had a hard life, they worked crazy hours, being in the office was a badge of honor but they had hope an abundance, if they worked hard their kids would do well.
They(Gen X) thus grew up self reliant. They grew up fending for them selves. They made quick decisions early on and had to stick to them for good or worse. They were institutionalized with formal education, proper conduct, proper manners etc.
So send them well crafted notes, when you engage with them. Short cut prose, text messages etc are new to them. Play on their turf to win their trust. Emails/long form work better. Respect goes a long way.
Work life balance matters as they grew up never seeing their fathers in our parts. They grew up in a politically turbulent Pakistan, wrought with nationalization, military take overs etc, breaking of a nation in to parts, loosing all trust in institutionalized relationships.
So they are one to get to know individually, not as a tribe or community, they have bad memories around organized relationships, be it with government, politics or other wise.
Whilst millennials like structured feedback or shit sandwiches, Gen X prefer direct fluff free feedback.
They have a scarcity mindset vs an abundance mind set. Boomers and Millennials have seen abundance of every kind. Gen X were the middle child of generational progress. They are pessimistic. The faster you understand these key elements you will be successful, more so you can help Gen X navigate outcomes for you and your country that can help all, vs always being frustrated in working with them.