INTERGENERATIONAL ENGAGEMENT TRAINING & CONSULTING
For the first time in history, there are five generations active in the economy, communities, schools and the family. Many in the media write about “Millennials” like they are some strange entitled, rebellious group that is difficult if not impossible to manage and motivate. Because of the attention and obsession with Millennials, there is no shortage of books and organizations offering to help companies “figure out” their Millennial employees and customers.
DKMC Founder and CMO, Dillon Kalkhurst launched The Center for Intergenerational Engagement in 2017 to share the findings from his book “Intergenerational Engagement: Understanding the Five Generations in Today’s Economy.” Dillon’s book, keynote presentations, and corporate training events take a broader approach by focussing on self-awareness first.
Dillon says. “To fully understand Millennials, other generations, and personalities in your life, you have to understand your own preferences and values first. When your age-diverse associates challenge you, ask yourself, are they being difficult or are they just different?”
The book dispels negative generational stereotypes and discusses the unique strengths each generation brings to the table. When everyone becomes self-aware and learns to embrace their age-diversity, communication barriers fall, and collaboration becomes second nature. That’s Intergenerational Engagement.
Intergenerational Engagement is a new 21st Century skill. Every generation needs that skill. Today, many companies, are led by older generations and may not possess a clear succession plan that will have their Millennial and Gen Z associates ready to lead their organizations into the future. Effective Intergenerational Engagement will lay the foundation for effective communications and a strong corporate culture.