A Marriage of skills between
the Baby Boomers and Emerging Businesses
This is arguably the first time in history whereby the older generation is learning new skills from the younger generation but the latter need the skills of the former just as much. The Baby Boomers led lives based on actions. Gen Y is more strategic and global. They both need the other.
PWC have published a fascinating report about the workforce in 2022. The report goes onto to visualise the World’s first fully automated and robot-served hotel opens in 2022. In 2021, Licences will be granted for driverless car. How the world has changed.
In a recent discussion with a group of students, they talked proudly of the way that social media has made the world open and transparent and there is free information at everyone’s fingertips. It is true. It has encouraged an era of learning and information flow that is arguably never been seen before. However, how does one explain the joy of letters and post; the excitement of escaping to phone partners and best friends on pay phones as invariably the money would run out? It seems like a different age but was in truth it was less than thirty years ago.
The baby Boom generation grew up in a different era but one that developed some very special character traits. They were invariably independent and worldly at a younger age. They networked and socialised in a different way and they understood most of all the importance of relationships and trust.
The modern flow of information has arguably led to increased process, analysis and transparency. Arguably what is missing is the action-led nature of the Baby Boomers to whom strategy was often what was discussed on the M1 motorway. The focus was on getting things done; and less talk and analysis.
Strangely too in a world that is so easy to communicate in, the Baby Boomers possessed great skills in networking and in the art of conversation. They also have lived through a series of crisis from the 3 day week in the 1970s, the oil crisis, 4 recessions, Black Wednesday, the first Iraq war, the financial crash of 2008 and many more dramas. There is a whole bank of knowledge and experience that can be called upon.
Hence the value of the NED panel. It is a turbulent period and the NED panel allows businesses of all sizes – whether £100k or £100m – to call upon proven experience to help guide and support board decisions in this period of change.
Change has become a constant and experience/knowledge is an invaluable commodity to possess for every company.