Generation X (31-51) may be America’s greatest generation of entrepreneurs. Why?
During Gen X’s formative years, the three support systems that society offers its children – family, religion, and government programs for the disadvantaged – were weak, very weak.
Xers were children of divorce, one-parent families, step-families, working parents, and latchkey lives. As a result, Gen X learned early on to be self-reliant, highly individualistic, and practical.
In addition, Xers were locked out of the job market by the large numbers of Baby Boomers, both in Gen X’s early work years – and even today, because Boomers can’t retire in the present economy. This became the perfect storm that forced Xers to develop entrepreneurial skills.
So – Xers are entrepreneurial, even if they’re working for you! How does a company deal with this?
But, they do want you to be there as a resource … if they need your help.
I heard an Army officer talk about how he handles it. He said, even if it’s a just part of a project, even if it’s a social get-together, even if it’s a small detail, he puts an Xer in charge of the task and lets the Xer develop it.
This Xer characteristic of being entrepreneurial, even as an employee of a large company, has been given a name. And, that name is “intra-preneur.”
So, make best use of Xers’ entrepreneurial streak and add those special skills to the team!
More how this impacts Xers as bosses later…