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Bridging the Generational Gap (Aboriginal)

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Presented at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, this presentation looks at Aboriginal workplaces in particular, and offers suggestions, most notably regarding the value and need for Aboriginal people to embrace social media. (It's best to download the entire presentation in order to view the notes attached to each slide).

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Bridging the Generational Gap (Aboriginal)

  1. 1. Bridging the Generational Gap and Conflict Resolution AFOA 10 th Anniversary National Conference Westin Hotel, Ottawa Thursday March 4, 2010 Joseph E. Brant Manager, the Indigenous Communications Department First Nations Technical Institute Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario
  2. 2. Did you know
  3. 12. Traditionals? <ul><li>anticipate security and stability </li></ul><ul><li>command and control leadership </li></ul><ul><li>“ change” means something’s wrong </li></ul><ul><li>uncomfortable with new technology </li></ul><ul><li>job changes rare </li></ul><ul><li>enviable work ethic </li></ul>
  4. 14. Contemporaries current age: 30 - 45
  5. 16. What does this mean for our workplaces?
  6. 18. <ul><li>1900s : Manufacturing economy </li></ul><ul><li>2000s : Service/Information economy </li></ul>
  7. 19. <ul><li>Create / Invent </li></ul><ul><li>Connect </li></ul><ul><li>Sell </li></ul><ul><li>Produce </li></ul><ul><li>Grow </li></ul><ul><li>Hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Lift </li></ul>
  8. 23. versus
  9. 24. Aboriginal generational perceptions of youth <ul><li>“ They have to work hard to achieve success.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ They need to be given encouragement and support.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Substance abuse remains a very huge challenge.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ They should be taught that all their decisions will affect their life—right from the start.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ They need to take responsibility for themselves and take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to them.” </li></ul>
  10. 37. Texting <ul><li>Do you understand any of these abbreviations? </li></ul>MTF NP BAU PCM PTMM CM CYE SOTMG F2F
  11. 39. <ul><li>Consider ... </li></ul><ul><li>Building your own personal brand online, or it will be built for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand that each day the world moves toward being more open ... </li></ul><ul><li>so be honest! </li></ul><ul><li>3. Your resume doesn’t have to be one page </li></ul><ul><li>4. Building credibility is not easy: time, effort and focus </li></ul>
  12. 40. <ul><li>Open communication </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-generational mentorship </li></ul><ul><li>Motivating co-workers/employees </li></ul><ul><li>Embracing feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging creative solutions </li></ul><ul><li>... a little fun, too. </li></ul>Actively engage in ...
  13. 41. Alternatively ... <ul><li>Forget the problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the signs of hope. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the bright spots. </li></ul>
  14. 43. References <ul><li>&quot;Crossing Boundaries Research Initiative.&quot; Web log post. UWinnipeg Research News . 5 May 2005. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://blog.uwinnipeg.ca/research/2005/05/crossing_boundaries_research_i.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>Dorsey, Jason Ryan. Y-Size Your Business: How Gen Y Employees Can Save You Money and Grow Your Business . Wiley, 2009. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>From Digital Divide to Digital Opportunity . Final Report. Ottawa: Crossing Boundaries National Council (Aboriginal Voice National Recommendations), 2005. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Gravett, Linda, and Robin Throckmorton. Bridging the Generation Gap: How To Get Radio Babies, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers to Work Together and Achieve More . New York: Career, 2007. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Herring, Susan C. “Questioning the Generational Divide: Technological Exoticism and Adult Constructions of Online Youth Identity.” Youth, Identity, and Digital Media . Edited by David Buckingham. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008. 71-92. Doi: 10.1162/dmal.9780262524834.071 </li></ul><ul><li>Hui, Stephen. &quot;Q&A: Grand Chief Edward John on First Nations' Internet connectivity.&quot; Straight.com . 16 July 2009. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://www.straight.com/article-241175/qa-grand-chief-edward-john-first-nations-internet-connectivity>. </li></ul>
  15. 44. References, cont’d <ul><li>Hui, Stephen. &quot;Q&A: Grand Chief Edward John on First Nations' Internet connectivity.&quot; Straight.com . 16 July 2009. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://www.straight.com/article-241175/qa-grand-chief-edward-john-first-nations-internet-connectivity>. </li></ul><ul><li>Hui, Stephen. &quot;Q&A: Indigenous blogger Dustin Rivers on using Internet technology.&quot; Straight.com . 16 July 2009. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://www.straight.com/article-241176/qa-indigenous-blogger-dustin-rivers-using-internet-technology>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Igniting Change&quot; profiles. Say Magazine AFN-INTES 2009 edition. Mar. 2009. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Kopecky, Arno. &quot;Generation divide shows in First Nations leadership speeches.&quot; Web log post. The Hook . The Tyee, 22 July 2009. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Aboriginal-Affairs/2009/07/22/First-Nations-speeches-young-leaders/>. </li></ul><ul><li>Lancaster, Lynne C., and David Stillman. When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work . New York: Collins, 2003. Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Mignone, Javier, and Heather Henley. &quot;Impact of Information and Communication Technology on Social Capital in Aboriginal Communities in Canada.&quot; Journal of Information, Information Technology, and Organizations 4 (2009): 127-45. Print. </li></ul>
  16. 45. References, cont’d <ul><li>&quot;Miscellaneous Notices.&quot; Canada Gazette . Government of Canada, 15 Sept. 2007. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://www.gazette.gc.ca/archives/p1/2007/2007-09-15/html/misc-divers-eng.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>Price, Kella B. &quot;Generational Divide: Managing and Motivating the Multigenerational Talent of the Workplace.&quot; PowerPoint presentation. v ia Slideshare.net . Price Consulting Group, 2009. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://www.slideshare.net/kellaprice/generational-divide-managing-motivating-multigenerational-talent-of-workplace>. </li></ul><ul><li>Smillie-Adjarkwa, Christine. Is the Internet a Useful Resource for Indigenous Women Living in Remote Communities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand to Access Health Resources? Rep. National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research, 2005. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <research.arts.yorku.ca/nhnf/DigitalDivide.pdf>. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Why Education Needs Social Media.” Web log post. emergent by design . 11 Nov 2009. Web. http://emergentbydesign.com/2009/11/11/why-education-needs-social-media/ </li></ul><ul><li>Please note: all personal interviews were confidential. </li></ul>