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The Dawn of a New Life Stage

I was catching up on some reading over the weekend, and I came across an interesting piece in The New York Times. This article attempts to understand the lengthening of the journey to adulthood by people in their 20s. Whenever a piece like this is published, I tend to break out the ol’ salt shaker, because I know I’ll need more than a grain or two to take with any information presented. Thankfully, the article admits that the notion of the five traditional “milestones” for adulthood (graduation, moving out on one’s own, financial independence, marriage and the birth of a child) are part of a by-gone assembly line mentality whose end product was a fully manifested adult. Adolescents who are starting the journey to adulthood in 2010 may experience some of the previously accepted milestones in a different order (or not at all).

From my perspective, it’s been interesting to see how this shift in generational development applies to the workplace. It’s no coincidence that these changes are reflected in many of the business book submissions that cross my desk on a weekly basis. The “wandering youth” that opted to leave the well-worn path to adulthood occupy offices and cubicles down the hall from executives who were a product of the old assembly line. How the different generations interact has become an evergreen topic for authors.

Right now on, we’re featuring coverage of Generations, Inc by Meagan Johnson and Larry Johnson. This book examines the interaction between the numerous generations that now share workspace and what organizations can do to foster an environment of teamwork and camaraderie.

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