Generational paranoia

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I am involved in an on-line discussion about how and why choices for development investment opportunities for individuals, the organisation etc. are made.

I just posted this:

“I’d like to take a completely different tack to address the generational issues. Recall when we were all getting educated, either in the classroom, on the barricades (in the 60’s in Europe e.g.) or in the rock concert / hippie ‘paradise’. I can’t recall many people being too worried about the job and the mortgage – we had more important things to think about! And companies, ironically, seemed to respect that by hiring all these ‘social movers and shakers’. Not sure Government did, though – still wanted the old approaches?

Now, my wife and I have a bunch of (well educated) kids, and I spend a lot of time with young managers in various situations. Everyone seems paranoid about the economic future – cost of houses, direction of politics, mortgages, job security, the value of their CV etc etc. Of course they do still take social causes seriuosly – Tsunami, Live 8 etc etc.

But the ironic thing is that the ‘old guys’ have all the money, all the resources.

What are we collectively doing to this so-called digital generation to build their paranoia?

How can we help instead?”

It’s the Sound Bite, Stupid

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From Inc. Magazine, June 2005 – By Adam Hanft

When entrepreneurs think about how to expand their companies and compete with gusto, they tend to focus on the obvious: sales, R&D, distribution, pricing. It usually stems from their backgrounds. Those who excel at sales believe that all problems require a sales solution. I once had a client who was an engineer who suffered from the bells-and-whistles syndrome — he never saw a problem that couldn’t be solved by adding another feature.

Maybe they’re right. On the other hand, that new sales strategy or technical improvement isn’t going to be of much use if you can’t explain it properly — to employees, clients, and the world at large. And when it comes to using language effectively, most business leaders fall woefully short. They certainly lag their peers in the political sphere, where well-crafted terms such as “culture of life” and “death tax” have shifted public opinion and even legislation.

In his recent book, “Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate“, linguist George Lakoff argues that the way a position is articulated, or framed, is a key driver of how it will be received. Not surprisingly, the book has become a bestseller in Washington, D.C.

Read the rest of the article here…..