Leading a generationally diverse workforce is challenging; this book provides a reader's guide of best-in-class strategies for harnessing and unleashing its potential.
Gentelligence: The Revolutionary Approach to Leading an Intergenerational Workforce presents a transformative way to end the generational wars once and for all. This book first introduces Gentelligence as a powerful business strategy and shows why it is critical for the future of work. It then presents a practical guide and a call to action for leaders of all ages to unlock the potential strengths of each generation. Readers will learn how an intergenerational workforce can be reframed as a profound business opportunity and discover how Gentelligence can help them win the talent war, create strong, diverse teams, and build adaptable cultures that will flourish in an era of rapid change.
Gentelligence shares groundbreaking evidence that will have readers thinking about their generationally diverse workforce in an entirely different way. Readers will discover:
Gentelligence reveals the opportunities within an intergenerational workforce and provides actionable tools to help leaders build Gentelligent organizations. Unlike other books on generational leadership, this book rejects common stereotypes assigned to different generations, replacing them with a deep understanding of why those who grew up in different times may behave in unique and valuable, ways. We challenge leaders to go beyond simply accepting generational differences to leverage them proactively to increase engagement, innovation, and organizational success.
Megan W. Gerhardt, PhD is a Professor of Management, Director of Leadership Development, and the Robert C. Johnson Co-Director of the Isaac and Oxley Center for Business Leadership at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. She is also the creator of Gentelligence and the founder of The Gerhardt Group, LLC, a leadership consulting practice.
Megan has published widely on individual differences, motivation, leadership, and generational differences in the workplace and her work on Gentelligence has been featured on Forbes.com, NBCNews.com, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Inc. Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, MarketWatch, Business Insider and The Houston Chronicle among others. In 2017, her TEDx talk “Why I Love Millennials...and You Should, Too” was released, kicking off the Gentelligence movement.
Josephine Nachemson-Ekwall is an Associate Director of Financial Crime Prevention Policy and Procedures at UBS, focusing on implementation and adherence to policies, local requirements, and global standards. Josephine’s work in leadership development focuses on strengths-based development, individual coaching, and the importance of personal mission and values in driving one’s life and career. She most recently gave a presentation at the Clifton Strengths Summit on “Why Strengths Work” and published an article on generational conflict and tension in December 2019.
Brandon Fogel is a Staff Consultant at Ernst & Young LLC in the People Advisory Services practice, which specializes in organizational change and people management. Brandon’s work in leadership development focuses on strengths-based development, effective teaming strategies, and the value of goal setting.
With organizations everywhere promoting diversity and inclusion, Gentelligence is an essential but overlooked piece to the D&I puzzle. As managers and leaders, we stand to create far more effective working and personal relationships around us if we had a greater awareness and understanding of generational blind spots. This book is the “how to” manual on navigating an intergenerational workforce, complete with lessons to tap all it has to offer. It’s hard to imagine winning the War for Talent without fostering an environment that celebrates generational diversity rather than stifling it. Gentelligence is indeed the future of work.
A critical resource for any leader that is overseeing a transition from “old school” to whatever is next. As social media, tech, and big data have more and more of an impact on every decision that we make, how do we make sure valuable perspectives shaped by experience and in possession of the most institutional knowledge are not left in our wake? Every major league sports executive is confronting these issues and is sure to benefit from framing them through the lens that Dr. Gerhardt provides.
As a millennial who has led teams and consulted for senior leaders from each generation in the workforce, I found Gentelligence: The Revolutionary Approach to Leading an Intergenerational Workforce to be one of the most practical and personally-convicting books on leadership I have ever read. The intersection of stories, case studies, and research not only opened my eyes to how I unconsciously perceive other generations, but it also gave me actionable steps to better understand, relate to, and inspire people from every generation to find meaning and purpose in their work.
2/6/2021 - NBC News's Culture & Lifestyle section published an opinion piece by author Megan Gerhardt, titled "Super Bowl pits Brady against Mahomes, Bucs against Chiefs and Gen X against millennials." Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/super-bowl-pits-brady-against-mahomes-bucs-against-chiefs-gen-ncna1256906
1/8/2021 - Chief Executive quoted author Megan Gerhardt heavily in an article titled "Not OK, Boomer: Six Coping Strategies When Your Best Workers Start Retiring." The piece was syndicated by SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management) in February. Link to original piece: https://chiefexecutive.net/not-ok-boomer-six-coping-strategies-when-your-best-workers-start-retiring/
1/21/2021 - NBC News' Culture & Lifestyle section published an opinion piece by author Megan Gerhardt, titled "Vice President Kamala Harris is the subject of a revealing generational custody battle." Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/vice-president-kamala-harris-subject-revealing-generational-custody-battle-ncna1255069
11/10/2019 - NBC News published a think piece by author Megan Gerhardt, titled "The 'OK, boomer' meme hurts Gen Z more than the older generation it's aimed at." Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/ok-boomer-meme-hurts-gen-z-more-older-generation-it-ncna1079276