You might wonder why your organization looks like a 5 layer dip.
Is it because you have different levels of management?
Maybe it’s because you have a few flavours and tastes in your organization?
In this context it’s actually because you could have 5 different possible generations working in your workforce.
You might not have a teen and a 60 old working in the same functions, however it’s very possible that you have 20,30,40,50, 60 somethings working in the same environments and having to communicate and collaborate together.
Would you lead to a 20 year old the same way you would a 60 year old?
Does it make a difference if they are 30 or 40? Maybe not for you, and maybe not for the other people being led, but who really know’s what’s going on behind the scenes.
Something to consider is that you have an eclectic mix of ages, genders, cultures and backgrounds that are all coming together for one goal.
You see, there are layers to this analogy. (pun intended)
Much like a cook needs to balance the flavours and ingredients to create the ideal desired outcome, you as a manager have an opportunity to season your people with training, leadership, compassion, listening, motivation, discipline so that you can create the outcome that you want.
Each ingredient, each person, each group requires something a little different to bring out the best flavours.
Ultimately, you have one goal: Make your dish a success.
I don’t have any specific “advice” to give you about how to manage different groups and what they need to be successful. That’s not what I’m here to do.
My objective is to get you to recognize that all your people have to collaborate and meld together in order for you as a manager or leader to be successful.
How do you make that happen?