Anachronisms in Business

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Anachronism (n) – a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, esp. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.

Wandering among the wonderful historical reproductions of Williamsburg VA this week I came across this carriage lamp. It stopped me in my tracks and brought a smile to my face. The beautiful simple colonial design contrasts abruptly with the CFL bulb. I am not being critical of the wonderful staff at Williamsburg. I applaud their use of eco-friendly lighting but the image conveyed is a bit jarring. (more…)

Generation Confused

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Last week I attended a presentation about managing different generations in the workforce. If I had one wish granted by the genie of business wishes, it would be that this generational nonsense just go away. It is based on what I consider very faulty logic that goes like this: as we grow up, significant events that occur during our early maturation years of adolescence influence our beliefs and values. I am okay with that, it makes sense. These early influences then determine our behavior in the workplace. Whoa, we need to stop there. I can certainly buy that someone growing up with the 911 tragedy playing out might have a sense of threat or uncertainty that an older person may not feel. But does that drive their behavior in the workplace? I do not see it.

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