In this online video, young women employed at TechCrunch share their guilt that often goes with Leaning In. They are Millennials. The concept of Leaning In, of course, comes from Sheryl Sandberg's book guiding women to go for it. Sandberg is a Generation Xer.
So, it might seem that there is no place in the current conversation or in a work world of start-ups for us Baby Boomers. Wrong. Weekly I parachute into organizations which need both my ideas and experience in framing and wording messages for public relations, marketing, and executive communications. Instead of generational conflict, we rely on each other to get parts of the job done.
The change for most of us Baby Boomers is that we are no longer on the front lines. Twenty-centry online video culture and the Metro-based offices in the communications industry prefer to showcase youth. At first that might have been disconcerting to us Baby Boomers who had been on the front lines of the cultural, political, and fashion upheaval of the late 1960s and early 1970s. But, hey, we who were determined to remain a force in public relations accepted that we would be supporting the front lines, not be on them.
The challenge is for us Baby Boomers to no longer crave the attention of being the generation of disruption. Once we embrace that reality (as brutal as it it is initially) we have access to amazing assignments and excellent compensation.