Optimizing the Workplace Across Five Generations of Scientists

Optimizing the Workplace Across Five Generations of Scientists

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Does the term ‘Cut and Paste’ make some of your co-workers reach for scissors and glue? To visualize molecules, do you use a ball-and-stick-kit or modeling software? In today’s workforce, most of us work closely with colleagues that span at least three, if not four generations and each generation has different assumptions about how the world works. The likelihood that we’ll misunderstand a co-worker’s behavior is high. Whether you’re a ‘Boomer’, ‘Millennial’ or from Generation X, Y, or Z join our speaker, Tamara Erickson, to learn practical approaches to positively leverage each generation’s values within your lab, business unit, or academic department. Join us LIVE to have YOUR questions answered!

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“Optimizing the Workplace Across Five Generations of ScientistsA short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker Tamara Erickson, author and trainer on how to build an innovative organization.



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What You Will Learn

  • Why each generation interprets common workplace events differently
  • The major sources of conflict among generations in today’s workplace
  • Specific approaches to create a workplace that appeals to multiple generations
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Expert

Tamara Erickson is a McKinsey Award-winning author and widely respected expert on collaboration and innovation, on the changing workforce, and on the nature of work in the intelligent economy.  She was recently named one of the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers 50, a biennial guide created by Dearlove and Crainer and published in The (London) Times.  Tammy has authored or co-authored numerous books, including a trilogy on how individuals in specific generations can excel in today’s workplace.  Her popular blog “Across the Ages” is featured weekly on HBSP Online (http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/erickson/).


Meet the Moderator

Scott Wildman is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned a B.S. and M.S. from Clarkson University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan working under Dr. Gordon Crippen. He then spent 7 years in the pharmaceutical industry working for Pfizer in Ann Arbor, MI and Cambridge, MA. He is a computational chemist designing small-molecule and peptide inhibitors for a number of biological targets, and is developing new methods for structure-based drug design.


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3 Responses to “Optimizing the Workplace Across Five Generations of Scientists”

  1. Brenda Snyder says:

    I have tried repeatedly to download the slides for this presentation and have not been able to. Each time it just reverts to the “webinar will start” page. Can you provide any help.

    Thank you,
    Brenda Snyder

  2. Emil Friedman says:

    This is in addition to the feedback comments I left:

    The presentation described very important differences in characteristics of the generations and the sources of those differences. However, it gave very little practical advice about how to interact across generations.

  3. Jeff Anderson says:

    The seminar was very good, but would have been interested in hearing more of the questions. I would have also been interested in hearing whether there were any race related differences between how each of the generations view life – I am guessing that this is quite a big deal. Or gender oriented views.

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