Ten Conclusions Regarding the Generation Gap in Buffalo

By Griffin Jones

These are by no means direct quotes. I am paraphrasing from memory from the “Bridging the Gap” event at the Mid-Day Club of Buffalo on November 5, 2013. In no particular order, these are ten interesting thoughts considering the Generation Gap from people who are actively working to make Buffalo a better place.

  1. No matter which generation we come from, we all seem to be bound together by a genuine love for Buffalo. We all have a deep civic interest in bettering Buffalo in business and community. –Scott Murray, Lumdsden & McCormick, Mid-Day Club of Buffalo
  2. We have to occasionally revisit and reform our etiquette of how we communicate with each other. Technology shouldn’t hinder respect in communication. Social Media and mobile are tools. They are the means but not the message. Ultimately, in-person communication is still the very best.–Tony Maggiotto, Buffalo State College Small Businesses Development Center, City Love Clothing
  3. Millenials are not the only people who are eager for changes in workplace culture/market practices. Many Baby Boomers have been eager for change for some time and have longed to have their voice heard. –Althea Luehrsen, Leadership Buffalo
  4. Communication is what binds all generations together. Everyone from each generation wants to be heard and acknowledged. When we come in to discussion with demands, that’s when we meet resistance .If the vision coming from the leader is a shared one, generational differences won’t matter.  They will help –Tim Finney, Alcott HR Group/infoTech Niagara
  5. We have to be willing to listen. A lot of times, we (Generation Y) want to be the leader and the star. But there may be several other people already doing what we’re trying to accomplish. Sometimes we have to take the time to learn, and to put in the work, before we can jump ahead.–Liz Callahan, Buffalo Niagara Partnership/B-Team Buffalo
  6. Generation Y “knows” everything but we’re usually not focused on anything. We need to have a clear statement of purpose and focus on that.–Louis Benton, AXA Advisors
  7. We (Generation X) follow a legacy of litigation from our parents’ generation. So while we want to make speedy changes, grant more autonomy, and try creative approaches, we’ve learned to be cautious of the consequences that come from such a quickness to litigate. Brian Kulpa, Mayor of Williamsville
  8. “Let’s do each other a favor and start the conversation and find some common ground. Let’s bridge that gap between generations, learn from each other, and empower one another to lead our communities toward the creative and successful future that we know it has the potential of reaching”–Katie Costello, Buffalo News. (That one is a direct quote).
  9. Each generation seems to have the same concern about the next generation, as the previous generation had about them. Is this the same thing, or is something actually different? Chris LaFleur, M&T Bank
  10. The cardinal difference  between Generation X and Millenials is having grown up without the internet. The experience of using a phone book, having to call someone at their house, and not having everything on demand is a very identifiable mark on the generational timeline. Charlie Fashana, First Niagara Bank, Advertising Club of Buffalo



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