Geeks and Geezers

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Leadership and Ethics Prof. Barnett 11 November 2009 Geeks and Geezers Interviews with men and women who are leaders of both large and small companies demonstrated that the similarities between these apparently disparate groups (Gen X and Gen Y) offer significant insight into the qualities of leadership that transcend generational differences. Bennis and Thomas discovery is that successful leaders among both geeks and geezers possess the quality of “neoteny,” a certain youthful inquisitiveness and enjoy life that makes each of them want to learn constantly and explore new possibilities both in their business and personal lives. Leaders from both generations have “adaptive capacity,” the ability to adjust their course when…show more content…
Are unfamiliar with the pressures of two-career families. Geeks, on the other hand, matured in the "Era of Options" (1991-2000), which included MTV, AIDS, terrorism, globalization, the end of the Cold War, weapons of mass destruction, high public distrust of government, and influential special interest groups. The organization man disappeared as competitive speed and innovation led to flatter, more nimble organizational structures. Dot-com companies came out of nowhere and the Internet has a lot to do with this. Geeks are committed to making a life, not just a living. View team-building, engagement, and partnerships as essential to leadership. Recognize that with diversity come new perspectives, ideas, and insights. Desire and believe that they can better the world. Are experimental and entrepreneurial, less loyal to employers. Learn through both traditional and experiential means. Are more secure with insecurity and change. Have multiple careers, thanks in part to longer life expectancy. Interview. After conducting an interview with my former Chef, Franck Deletrain (age 47) I found many interesting findings. One of them was the fact that leaders actually feel overwhelmed sometimes, but it is their capacity to solve situations and confidence in themselves that can overcome that feeling of overwhelming. This is something I also noticed from a few facts laid out by Bennis and Thomas in their book. Also, I noticed

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