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How generational differences can impact communications.
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With Allan Vyhnalek, extension educator for farm and ranch succession.
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Allan Vyhnalek: Okay, so
Allan Vyhnalek: Right now I'm going to record a quick video about how generational values can affect me case in the land owner and the land secret.
Allan Vyhnalek: And now that you've applied. I hope you're watching this video, then
Allan Vyhnalek: You get a sense of what will happen if you get matched and what will happen then is you have to go through some kind of an interview or a visiting process to determine who people if we can make a good link.
Allan Vyhnalek: Happen. And so one thing to think about as you're working with, and I hope probably another generation is how the what the values are and how that might change.
Allan Vyhnalek: How you talk with them and how you respect what they're trying to tell you because it may be coming from a generational value.
Allan Vyhnalek: That there's four generations in in your country right now and I'm going to outline them in a second to technically, but that's fine.
Allan Vyhnalek: Um, and each generation has defining characteristics and we want to discuss those for a few minutes and the characteristics are based on what happened to them through their formative years and
Allan Vyhnalek: And so the formative years in this situation is what happened in in some sometime between 12 and 2012 years old 20 years old, judging other words have
Allan Vyhnalek: Pre junior high junior high, high school, and the first part of college, what happens to you at that time then defines
Allan Vyhnalek: How you feel about things and what what's going on in your life and your brain and that sort of thing. And that's where you get your debts, where you get your intrinsic generational values that you use for the rest of your life.
Allan Vyhnalek: What happens to you during that formative time period, so there's there's these for living generations five living generations. I want to talk about
Allan Vyhnalek: And the end. So first of all, the first generation is to matures, they're actually if you read a textbook on generations, they'll be called the civics and the silence, but the matures, in my view, or ain't any people born before
Allan Vyhnalek: World War Two ended World War Two. And so what happened to them is their, their intrinsic value their value set then is is based on what happened to them from 12 to 20 right
Allan Vyhnalek: Well, a lot of these poor people like my parents and that grew up my parents were born in the, in the late in the teens and in 1920 my dad was born in 1913 my mom was born in 1920
Allan Vyhnalek: And so they they're born, they qualify right here. And the bottom line is, they experienced two things that that two things to great big world events that it
Allan Vyhnalek: Affected how they how they look at the world and how they worked on things. So their values. The two things are the Great Depression and and 30s.
Allan Vyhnalek: And then world war two in the 40s, and those are two big things that really changed or really affected how the matures that generation look at their values, their intrinsic set
Allan Vyhnalek: Have a look at the world and there. So in the 30s, you didn't have anything because there was hardly any money. Okay. And in the 40s, you had money, but we were fighting World War world war. So there was everything was being rationed everything was being
Allan Vyhnalek: Nothing was available. You have rubber you have any tires. You didn't have you have sugar, you'd have flour you had a rash and gas. It was just
Allan Vyhnalek: Everybody, everything was for the war effort to turn in all your scraps deals and they could make more bullets or whatever they were doing when they make tanks and all that sort of thing. So
Allan Vyhnalek: All those events in those younger years those people that those generations of
Allan Vyhnalek: Really alter the course and how they looked at the world and more. So they felt that the civic duty and hard work was imperative. The only way we could defeat the, the Axis powers was to work.
Allan Vyhnalek: And work harder and Rosie the Riveter and and people go into Warren and all these things happened to make that effort because you had a singular moment that you were working for a singular thing you were trying to defeat
Allan Vyhnalek: The so the matures had civic duty prior before anything else labor before anything else because the only way you're going to win is to get high have hard work and think about the country first
Allan Vyhnalek: Then the second generation, we want to talk about is the Boomers. I'm one of the Boomers. Okay, born between 46 and 62 or 64 depending on which textbook textbook you read the boomers are born from the, from the world war two people that came back and started families.
Allan Vyhnalek: And the Boomers. Interestingly enough, have always been the largest generation in terms of population in the United States, the largest demographic
Allan Vyhnalek: That's rapidly changing is the boomers are starting to start to the older part of the boomers, especially starting to pass away. So the Boomers. Interestingly, you know,
Allan Vyhnalek: Had a lot of people, they had to compete with to find a job. In other words,
Allan Vyhnalek: I was a towards the towards kind of towards the tail end of the Boomers. I was passed at the peak of the number of boomers being born.
Allan Vyhnalek: And I'm telling you to find a job was tough because you were competing with all these guys five to seven years older than I was. And so you had to, if you're lucky enough to get a job you kept your job. You worked hard.
Allan Vyhnalek: You knew that that job was worth everything and hard jobs are hard to come by.
Allan Vyhnalek: These we're talking about 60s, early 70s. That's our thing mid 70s late 70s.
Allan Vyhnalek: You had a lot of people compete against so your work was first your work per first priority was always your work because you knew that you had other people to compete against and all that sort of thing. So for boomers, on, on average, and be not everyone, but on average work came first.
Allan Vyhnalek: Then that came brought us to generate and I've given broad generalizations, I get this down to a reasonable time period. So this is just a very quick overview the Generation Xers born 365 and 79
Allan Vyhnalek: Interesting generation because there's the first generation of young people growing up, the United States and not so young anymore, but the young people grow up United States that
Allan Vyhnalek: That actually came from to working PARENT HOUSEHOLD families. In other words, both parents worked. So the first generation of kids that were latchkey
Allan Vyhnalek: Came home after school, probably to an empty house. We didn't have live date care that much daycare back then. So I came home, yes.
Allan Vyhnalek: They exercise their because that experience and because what they experienced in always being home alone or or having to do what they had to do by themselves and tell mom dad got home from work.
Allan Vyhnalek: Really I've made a commitment in their lives and it's it's carried over to the millennials, they actually made a commitment to say families first
Allan Vyhnalek: Their thing with the Xers and millennials to, for that matter, is that technology was something they were born with.
Allan Vyhnalek: All generation extra is pretty much grew up on a PC, if not an iPad or a tablet or, you know, other tablets or a phone or a smartphone so
Allan Vyhnalek: That's, you know, they adapted that technology very quickly and they understood, whereas
Allan Vyhnalek: The boomers. I didn't say this earlier, but the Boomers tend to resist technology and tend to struggle with technology.
Allan Vyhnalek: And the matures won't even continue a roadie most of them will not even considers technology. They just don't have my mother in law.
Allan Vyhnalek: You want an iPad, you want to, you want to get internet connection here. You want to computer. And she goes, No, I just don't they say no, I did get it. Do they understand that they know how cool it is the love looking at your Facebook pictures but now they're not interested.
Allan Vyhnalek: So the answer is are going to do things way more efficiently and way quicker than we can. And so
Allan Vyhnalek: They just get a lot more done in a quick amount of time because they're very bright very well trained grew up on computers. Each know what's going on.
Allan Vyhnalek: Millennials are much the same Millennials are called millennials generation. Why, because they were born. See me they started graduating high school in the year 2000 that's why they're called they started graduating my school or about the year 2000
Allan Vyhnalek: So the Millennials are an interesting generation and that they they are well cared for by the extras extras look out for him.
Allan Vyhnalek: But also they have a lot of the characteristics of exercise, they, they tend to follow extra is more than a follow the Boomers because
Allan Vyhnalek: That's just the way it works, and more closely identify what those Williams are getting to be a bigger bigger part of the workforce. The smallest part of the workforce will be the generation axes.
Allan Vyhnalek: Good matures. I'm not considering because I'm they're all retired or past. So we're not going to talk about them boomers are quickly leaving
Allan Vyhnalek: Quickly, leaving the workforce and the Millennials are clearly becoming the biggest part of the workforce in terms of numbers.
Allan Vyhnalek: They're really well trained, they grew up on computer zoom you know what a nine didn't even know what some things are like eight track tapes and some things like that that we all kind of grew up with.
Allan Vyhnalek: So, by and large, they don't. But anyway, the bottom line is Millennials are really well trained, but the cool thing about Millennials, even though they still value family first to work. Second,
Allan Vyhnalek: Or even third um they they also understand that that there is a civic duty. There's a civic civic responsibility they need to have
Allan Vyhnalek: Now let's talk about civic responsibility for a second. The matures are the ones that kind of put together.
Allan Vyhnalek: All the animal groups we have in our small towns and even large towns, for that matter, but the animal groups all comes kind of came from the matures and their parents.
Allan Vyhnalek: The civics and silence the animal groups. I'm talking about are the things like the Lions Club and eagles club and and and the moose Lodge and the Elks club and
Allan Vyhnalek: Okay, then let's go on the American Legion the VFW. The church groups you when you do the United Methodist Women, I met this man. I think that's but there's all the church groups, both men and women, church groups.
Allan Vyhnalek: All those civic groups that we have in our community. I belong to a quantum quantum group right now. I belong to. I belong to
Allan Vyhnalek: Other groups in different cities and. And the bottom line is the matures and the civics of silence, put that all those civic groups together.
Allan Vyhnalek: That was important to them because they wanted to share their, their experiences in
Allan Vyhnalek: The Great Depression, World War two kind of with with people that understood people that have been through the same experiences. So that was kind of a cool thing they did.
Allan Vyhnalek: The boomers baby boomers tended to support that. However, the Boomers weren't word is as committed
Allan Vyhnalek: Generation X because they think families. First, they don't tend to join anything.
Allan Vyhnalek: That hasn't haven't done anything to do with family and so that the millions kind of follow that. So the demise of the civic groups and they'll civic efforts.
Allan Vyhnalek: Is happening very quickly because the Generation X millennials don't tend to join. It'd be less or something for them.
Allan Vyhnalek: And so the cool thing about Millennials, however, is the millennials will not join a group weekly meeting that sort of thing.
Allan Vyhnalek: Or a monthly meeting if they only went down care even to do that. They will, however, volunteer to do something episodically so we need to think rethink our whole volunteer structure, how can we get people to volunteer just for one thing.
Allan Vyhnalek: Rather than volunteering to be part of an organization needs year round.
Allan Vyhnalek: And that leaves the generation Z's generations. These are also going to be called I Jan little i g n capital T, and like Ipad, Iphone I whatever
Allan Vyhnalek: I watch but I gen generation to generation z is just starting to get into college, or just working into college middle part of college. So they really haven't been out
Allan Vyhnalek: There's finishing those formative years they're just turning 2021
Allan Vyhnalek: Then the next year or two. And so they're, they're not really part of the workforce. Yes, we're not sure where we're at with what their values are going to be
Allan Vyhnalek: But if you think over the last 10 or 15 years. I mean, you know, we were taught that you respected the
Allan Vyhnalek: You know, I was taught as a boomers you respected the elders and you respected the, the, the president you respected all those things. Well, I'm not sure we've had, we're going to have good respect for presidents, because we've had presidents to
Allan Vyhnalek: Anyway, dad made it very, very poor choices, in my view, so that that's not including the current one, is it goes back to the others. Okay, so
Allan Vyhnalek: There's just a different feeling about this in a different feeling that that their way that they're looking at things and so it's just something. Something to think about. There
Allan Vyhnalek: We don't know where we're at with these. Yeah, for sure. I love to show this picture because this is a picture that absolutely depicts the value of the Boomers.
Allan Vyhnalek: The boomers baby boomers exceed the value of the Boomers versus their parents matures the value of the mature is is is defined in this picture.
Allan Vyhnalek: So I'm talking to a farmer once and you said yeah and see those old steel covers right there.
Allan Vyhnalek: And I said, yeah, there's steel and they're painted white and your they look they look like very much out of the 1950s and 40s and 50s. He said, yep. They are
Allan Vyhnalek: He's a farmer goes when I got married my, my, I, I moved from the upstairs bedroom to the downstairs bedroom and and brought my wife to the farm and mom and dad moved to town.
Allan Vyhnalek: And a couple years after we got married my, my wife wanted to change those cupboards out because it just didn't look all that good. This is back in the 80s.
Allan Vyhnalek: They did change the cupboards out to old friends, you know, nice looking coverage cabins. These went out these left and this guy just farmers mom was mad at the farmers was mom was ticked How dare you take out those cupboards. There was nothing wrong with them. They work fine.
Allan Vyhnalek: You weren't style anymore, but they work fine. And the bottom line on that is that the value of that generation. The matures, was that you didn't throw away anything. It's still couldn't be fixed through used
Allan Vyhnalek: If you didn't like those covers the way they were when she's painting of a different color.
Allan Vyhnalek: Anyway, if you don't like to the rest is starting to appear on once you just send the rust off repaint
Allan Vyhnalek: If you don't like to silver handles change into bronze hands she did the value of that so that generation is you didn't throw anything away if it can be used.
Allan Vyhnalek: Another picture I could use to depict that generation, I have to get this put together sometime and add it to my slide deck is
Allan Vyhnalek: Simply one of a pile of rubber bands or a pile of tin foil or pile of Ziploc bags that are set out to dry on top of wooden spoons, because the value of those that older generation was you didn't throw anything away, it could still be reused.
Allan Vyhnalek: And so one of the older generation. So he's kept the rubber band came on the outside of their newspaper their daily morning newspaper, I need through that rough day put that rubber band in the same cup all the time and couple times.
Allan Vyhnalek: It just kept adding on to it. And so they kept all that rub because you kept rubber and World War 2000 important recyclable thing.
Allan Vyhnalek: They always kept all their tinfoil because you could clean and reuse it, you could get all your zip lock bags. He didn't throw away plastic you reuse that just didn't, we didn't throw away resources you can reuse out the value of the materials are still boomers.
Allan Vyhnalek: The other thing I like to do. And so that's the contrast. I'd like to make and things we have to think about that. The other contract. I like to make is in this slide and I have some pictures goofed up here so I may have to redo this part. But the bottom line is,
Allan Vyhnalek: Hang on, let's just do it this way. The bottom line is just simply this.
Allan Vyhnalek: The bottom line is this, this is the way to to look at this picture.
Allan Vyhnalek: The difference between a boomer and the millennials and a boomer and the exercise is defined in this picture and I have to explain
Allan Vyhnalek: during harvest in the fall when we're when we're doing our thing out there.
Allan Vyhnalek: All the Boomers think that the combine she don't the millennials and exercise may have a junior high girl playing volleyball at three o'clock in the afternoon on Thursday afternoon kind of towards the end of the school day.
Allan Vyhnalek: In a neighboring town and a millennial or an extra that has a kid in junior high volleyball will stop to combine go watch the girl play volleyball.
Allan Vyhnalek: And although it drives all the boomers and matures nuts because you don't shut the combine off for volleyball and their definition. The only time you should combine up is if you're his son playing Friday Night Lights or that was playing
Allan Vyhnalek: And now the huskers don't matter either really because nobody wants to combine off the huskers very much. Of course, this year. This year fall 2020 to harvest was pretty much over by the time I was Bruce even started to play. So there was an issue but
Allan Vyhnalek: But that defines the difference because families first for the millennials and exercise and for the Boomers labor was first
Allan Vyhnalek: And so you understand, there will be some kinds of conflicts there if you're not careful about what happens with that how you set. How do you, how you define that. Think about that.
Allan Vyhnalek: Especially as you're talking about what's happening on the farm or ranch and and it just match that you're going to have. So I hope that makes some sense, um,
Allan Vyhnalek: I wanted to just share those differences in generational values with you as you discuss things between generations to determine if that's what you want to do with this match thing or not. So I hope this works. And we'll kind of go from there. Thanks for listening.
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