As I travel around the country speaking, managers are always asking me how they get their Generation Xer to reach higher performance standards.

Unfortunately, most managers don’t realize that many performance issues are due to lack of respect issues. On the first day of work the Xer expected to use their education and skill sets to make a difference.

Their Boomer managers expected them to “pay their dues,”  just like they did. The result -Xer’s feel they are not being respected for their skill sets and in return managers feel they aren’t being respected also. The result is lower productivity and increased tension from both parties.

One tip: The manager needs to have an informal  discussion with the employee and discuss how the Generation Xer skill sets could best be utilized in the up-coming project or business issue. The manager needs to use a “pure” coaching style with the employee in leading the discussion.

For tips on how to manage this workgroup go to my free article on the GenXer Factor at

To learn more on how to use a “pure” coaching style at work check out my free article on Coaching at:


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