InterviewAfter31518-400x225One of the organizational development issues I have witnessed as different public and private sector groups address growth…is Age-Blending.  In so many organizations there seems to be a high incidence of older employees now blending together with very young workers.  Now don’t misunderstand…I am not indicating that there is a problem issue…I just think that leadership needs to formulate a proactive Age-Blending process to maximize the workplace contributions of both the young and old!  Think about this TOP 10 customized list of Age-Blending strategic planning moments:

  1. A Products/Services then and now awareness session.
  2. A discussion of organization customers and evolution of needs.
  3. Contributions on work ethic priorities and todays social media impacts.
  4. A review and analysis of the organizations current work culture.
  5. Organizational attitudes regarding change and innovation.
  6. Everyone’s thoughts about open communication and “chains-of-command”.
  7. Definitions and expectations of product and service quality.
  8. Discussing the teamwork structure within the organization.
  9. Understanding the “hands-on/hands-off” leadership style of the organization.
  10. TOGETHER…what the future of the organization looks like.

I believe dedicating one or two hours of strategic planning discussion on each of these topics would be an excellent Age-Blending organizational development action.

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

Posted on June 22, 2018, in Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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