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Being Generationally Savvy

Found in: Leadership Blog

Over the last two weeks, I have been away from the College on some very interesting learning experiences.

On Thursday 24 August, while in Melbourne for a Conference, I visited two colleges. It was a wonderful experience, being able to see some exciting initiatives that would have great application to our College; and to see some things that gratified me - reinforcing the good decisions we have made here in terms of architecture and teaching and learning.

More of this later.

From Sunday 27 to Tuesday 29 August, I attended a conference hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It was a research conference with some very stimulating ideas around Principal excellence and development and School Improvement within systems. This has provided some really good background in term of personal development (well it’s about time...) and systemic opportunities to develop teaching and learning.

Yesterday, I was at a seminar organised by the Association for Independent Schools WA (AISWA) about being generationally savvy. This seminar was hosted by Jennifer Abrams and the information below is from her research. It is quite Americanised, but still very interesting. There is always generalisation with these sorts of tables, and I understand that there are multiple variables that affect who we are, how we think, and how we view the world. Nevertheless, there is something to justify definite difference in our generations, based on the shared experiences we’ve had.

Take a look at the following table, and have a bit of a laugh if you see yourselves, workmates or spouses in the following. It may help give an “AHA!” moment. It is written from a workplace perspective, so doesn’t include your children, who are called Gen. Z or Alphas. 

Generation Table

Mr Rod McNeill