Categories: Generational PM
Nowadays, many of the seasoned project management professionals across the world are part of the baby boomer generation, a term often used for those born between mid-1940s and the mid-1960s. I'd like to talk about their contribution to the project management profession.
As a member of this generation, I can attest that baby boomers are competitive by nature. We are confident, independent and self-reliant. Although respectful of authority and hierarchy, baby boomers think that rules can be changed. Thus, don't be surprised if during a project meeting baby boomers argue about the project issues.
While leading a multigenerational team, baby boomer project managers will face conflicts due to the diversity of generational values. Addressing conflict in a multigenerational team will require for the project manager to master a multigenerational mindset.
That means you must:
â€¢ Understand that beliefs and values are not easy to change. Learn about why other generations behave as they do.
â€¢ Put yourself in someone else's shoes to get a better perspective on what motivates the multigenerational team.
â€¢ Work with the generational differences rather against them. Establish an on-going and candid communication environment that fosters dialog among the team members.
Regardless of your generation, your purpose as a project manager is to lead and inspire your project team while leveraging the divergent point of views of your team members.
As a baby boomer project manager, how do you deal with generational differences in your project team? Are you doing something to master your multigenerational mindset?
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