Building and optimizing your diverse, multifunctional “Dream Team”

By Gordon Galzerano, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Timberwilde Consulting Group

We are all in a race to attract, develop and retain top talent for our organizations. Our aspiration, I believe, should be to create a workforce that reflects the incredible diversity of our customers, our partners, our suppliers and our community. But before I delve into what leaders can do to make this happen, I want to share some context for why it’s important.

For the first time ever, we have five generations of people across six decades represented in the global workforce. They are:

  • Traditionalists – born before 1946 and who are still in the workforce either because they love it and they want to be or because they need to be
  • Baby Boomers – born between 1946 and 1964
  • Generation X– born between 1965 and 1976
  • Millennials– born between 1977 and 1995
  • Generation Z – those of working age born after 1995. We will continue to see this number rise as these younger individuals join the workforce.

So how do we as leaders effectively partner and connect with this workforce and, most importantly, with our multi-generational customers? It starts with understanding where people are coming from and what makes them tick.

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