I am fortunate to work with couple baby bloomers. My mentor is also a baby bloomer. Anyone who took an organizational behavior class know that generation X (20-30) doesn’t know get along with baby bloomers. My experience is that they believe in structure and system. Things should be done with rules and order. I am your supervisor, you do what you was told. While these style work well in the 70s where production are dominated, this kind of mentality¬† and leadership don’t work well in R&D or small start-up. Scientists require control, competence and clarity of purpose to be productive. Of course, there are exceptions. This ICE webinar should be a good lesson for baby boomer generation.

But the point is this, we should all aware of the background of each other, thus adjust how to manage accordingly. There is no single way to manage everyone.