Just over a month ago, I had the great privilege to be speak on a panel at the New York Times, invited to join a conversation on “Intergenerational Leadership: The Challenges of a Shifting Workforce.” This event was co-sponsored by the International Leadership Association (ILA) which I’ve blogged about before here and the NYTimes in Leadership project, working to connect college students with current issues of leadership in practice across the globe.
As you know, my own experiences with our changing world of work, started my own efforts here on “The Millennial Journey.” As a Millennial manager working with staff and volunteers from across the generational spectrum, my crash course in intergenerational leadership launched my interests and pursuits of continued learning, research and study. This panel event was organized by the Global Coalition on Aging, as a “part two” of last year’s Annual Forum on Leading Across Generations in Berlin. Having had the opportunity to present at that event, I was excited to continue the conversation in New York.
The long story short is this: people are indeed living longer, working longer and retiring later. Our 20th century ideas and notions of aging and work need to shift to the realities of a rapidly changing 21st century workforce. Not only does this affect senior citizens but it tremendously impacts Millennials joining the workforce for the first time at record rates.
Since I’ve had a number of inquiries about the webcast link from the event, I wanted to share that with you. The full two-hour panel discussion (which I personally found fascinating!) can be viewed here. As you’ll quickly learn, this was a spirited conversation with some important conclusions shared. If you tweet, I’d encourage you to check out and join the conversation using #ILANYT. I’ve been told that this panel has been invited to reconvene at the 2013 Global ILA Conference in Montreal, so I look forward to continuing this dialogue.
We don’t just need organizations with multigenerational teams, but instead intergenerational approaches to leadership and life together that transcend our old ideas of age, position and power.