More Experience–A Generational Dilemma?

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More Experience–A Generational Dilemma?

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People who have been on the job longer have more experience. At least traditionally that has long been a popular mindset. Working for five years is better than five months, working for ten years is better than five years, and working for thirty is twice as much as fifteen.


There is an Abraham Lincoln quote, “And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

Millennials and generation 9/11 (Gen Z, iGen) are stereotyped with having values associated with immediate gratification, needing minute-by-minute feedback, and expecting a participation trophy. Traditionals and boomers are stereotyped with resistance to change, nose to the grindstone, and as being highly disciplined; perhaps as viewed by some, to the point of being a fault.

But those are all just viewpoints, as recognized by the observer.

Life is about experiences and it may not be so much about how long, but more about how often. So it seems to me that experience isn’t about stereotypes, it isn’t about age, and it is certainly not about your generation.

Experience comes from having more. (Yes, more experiences!)


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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February 20, 2016at 4:31 pm

Hey D, I like the blog title name change. Just noticed.

Yeah, Business Success is what you are truly all about!

Here’s To Your Business Success!


    February 20, 2016at 4:53 pm

    Thanks Boomer! Yes, changed probably about a week ago. Seems to fit nicely.


February 18, 2016at 11:12 am

Great Morning To You Dennis!

Hope you’re having a delightfully successful day!

Did you know that Lincoln also said: “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

I sure hope everyone experiences Happiness at least three times a day ; )

Always Smiling,


    February 18, 2016at 11:33 am

    You are truly the image of happiness. Thanks for your note, it makes me happy. All the best, Dennis


      February 18, 2016at 11:45 am

      For you ‘D’ …

      NO CHARGE ! Hahaha!

      What an awesome day I am having today! Hope it’s the same for you!

      Keep Smiling!


        February 18, 2016at 12:04 pm

        Your good cheer keeps it happy!

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