I have been amazed to observe the generational differences with respect to social media.  I have seen both good and bad.


On the good side, you can teach an old dog new tricks.  Increasing numbers of baby boomers and beyond are gravitating toward the online universe.  Savvy business professionals understand they must keep up with the times and the technology if they want to remain relevant.  Generation Y folks, having grown up in it, navigate seamlessly between their online world and the supposed real world.  (Which world is more real? one might ask—shades of The Matrix?)

On the bad side, there are baby boomers who choose to limit their potential and their career by virtue of ignoring the online world.  Pretending it does not exist does not make it so.  Some generation Y folks remain oblivious to the permanency of their online tags and tirades, thereby inflicting lifelong negative marks on their virtual resumes and reputations.  This speaks to the recklessness of youth and the obligation of the more experienced to set the example and lead the way.

For good or for bad, we can never go back.  But we can take what is ours today and make it better by our actions and by our example.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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