PROWESS | 2008 Diversity Seminar
TOM C. ROBERTS, P.E., CMC, is Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Leadership Development, College of Engineering, Kansas State University.
Tom has more than 30 years experience in planning, organizational development, and leadership training programs. He worked for Black & Veatch for 16 years, formed Upward Consulting in 1989 and has served as a total quality management (TQM) consultant for a number of manufacturing and service companies, and educational institutions. Tom has presented information nationally on the Millennial Generation and our changing society to a wide variety of groups. He is married to Karen who serves USD 383 as Executive Director, Teaching & Learning. They have two sons, Greg and Chad.
Tom C. Roberts, P.E.
Assistant Dean, College of Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Generational Perspectives: Their Impact on Ethics and Decision-making in the Workplace
For the oil industry, a new generation, the Millennial, reached twenty-two in the spring of 2004, graduated from college, and began professional careers. Since the four generations (cycling every 80 to 90 years) have distinct characteristics, the workplace also cycles. Experienced, senior employees generally represent two generations while recent graduates are often a third. Generational stresses between the “young” and “old” are not uncommon, and generational alignment has an impact on the leadership needed to guide an organization.
- Understand generations’ theory & turning terminology
- Identify changing attitudes & behaviors of recent graduates and experienced professionals.
- Determine at least two actions that leaders (you) can take to adopt new practices.