The Truth About Five Generations in One Firm

These days, there is a lot of talk about Gen X, Millennials and other generational labels. Entire groups of people have been labelled according to birth year and it isn’t doing us any favors, especially not in business. In this episode, Jeremy Clopton, Director at Upstream Academy, shares his insights on the dangers of labeling people in this way instead of looking at them as individuals, and focusing on the numerous benefits of having people of various ages, skills and experience working together. 

Jeremy Clopton, Director at Upstream Academy, has extensive experience in data analytics, fraud prevention, and business intelligence, but his real passion is going beyond providing the services clients ask for and helping them determine what they need for future success. A dynamic and insightful presenter, Jeremy speaks both in the US and abroad at industry events. He believes in the potential of data and technology to transform firm practice management, leadership, and firm culture. He is also passionate about employee engagement and the value brought by each generation in the workforce.

"We have to step away from the generational shield and start recognising we have people and start treating them like individuals."

What You'll Learn From This Episode:

  • What each of the generations is called and the time periods that define them
  • Specific traits of some of the generations
  • What is “the generational conflict” and how we can rise above it
  • The real reason younger people seem to switch jobs more often than older ones
  • The surprising average number of jobs held by baby boomers in their lifetimes
  • The benefits of early job changes
  • Whether or not it is good practice to put younger people in managerial roles, and why
  • The truth about about millennials being “lazy” and what it really means for all of us
  • What “intentional rapid development of people” means and how it benefits firms
  • Why the definition of productivity is changing, and how it impacts billing
  • How earlier retirement of partners affects all generations, and strategies to help
  • How millennials’ view of work-life balance has impacted other generations in firms
  • The difference between hiring a generation and hiring an individual
  • Which generations affect leaders
  • A fun fact about Jeremy and an unusual idea related to Disney princess films

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