Monday, April 19, 2010

are you there God? IT's me, Gen X


MY RECOMMENDATION: YES, with reservations

AMAZON SUBSCRIPTION LINK: Are you there, God? It's me, Generation X


BLOG DESCRIPTION: Celebration and commentary for Generation X (born 1961-81) at the intersection of faith, family, culture and career.

MY REVIEW: This blog loses something on the Kindle. Lots of photos - gorgeous photos of flowers, for example - that of course dont have quite the same impact in greyscale. Some video, that the Kindle can't watch.

Other than that, good blog, well written. Thought-provoking

Sample post:
How can generation X initiate knowledge transfer?
I recently asked a question of Harvard Business Review columnist and generational research expert Tammy Erickon on HBR's new Ask an Expert series. Below is the question I posed. Go here to read Erickson's answer. It is currently the fifth post in the thread. It really gave me a better understanding of why sharing knowledge is so difficult for Boomers. If you haven't read Erickson's book, What's Next Gen X? you're doing yourself a disservice.

Here was my question.

I came across two articles recently that addressed knowledge transfer. The first was about a study of knowledge transfer between Baby Boomer and Gen X aerospace engineers. The second was a Forbes editorial - 7 ways Boomers are preventing the next generation from ascending to leadership.

I think knowledge transfer is a major issues facing not only businesses, but government organizations and non profits.

How can Gen Xers initiate knowledge transfer?
How do you progress in a work culture that has been defined by people who hoard knowledge?

How can we equip ourselves with knowledge we don't have access to, particularly that which is gained only by permission and experientially not via secondary research?
I've witnessed an astonishing lack of knowledge transfer during my career, and it's been equally stunning to witness the unfavorable retention rates, economic setbacks and morale issues it has created. So, this may be the corniest thing I've ever said, but in a global economy, not to mention, there's a still a major recession going on, knowledge transfer may be one of the most patriotic things American business, nonprofit and government leaders can do.

--Oklahoma Spring Rain on Flowers
--Cavey and the Teen Angels and a volcanic eruptions
--On Harley Davidson and Generation X
--How can generation X initiate knowledge transfer?

Ms. Cairo writes two blogs of her own:
Winged Victory: Women in Aviation
Volcano Seven: Treasure and Treasure Hunters

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