Intergenerational Relationships Can Improve Your Business and Your Life

About six years ago, I learned that mentorship isn’t a one-way street. And that it doesn’t only happen from the top down. Faced with an urgent need to master social media and Twitter in particular, I initiated a reverse mentoring program for NY Women in Communications, a professional organization I’m a member of. After identifying a younger mentor and forming an agreement that we check our egos at the door, we expanded our collective skillsets – me in social media – I’m now a regular Twitter chat host- and she is finding her career path under my guidance. I’m finding that more and more, I’m gleaning significant business-building tips and knowledge from the intergenerational relationships I’ve developed, many with NYC members. Here are 3 things I’ve learning:

#1. Practice Fearlessness

Through cross generation collaboration, I have gotten better at overcoming some of the fear that can arise in making business decisions. My younger colleagues have shown me time and again that over-thinking is more of a hindrance than a help and that somethings by jumping in, you uncover unexpected, position outcomes.

#2. Openness is a Window to Opportunity

BEing open to meeting and working with people of all ages has provided me with the opportunity to discover new resources. I learned this in part from expanding my network beyond the sectors in which I typically work, to include people of all ages and backgrounds in fields vastly different from my own.

#3. Collaborate and Thrive

As a creative business person, I thrive when challenged. My involvement in cross-generational collaboration is inspiring and energizing. Through this relationship, we bring out the best in each other.

I now encourage others to deepen their experience of intergenerational mentorship and collaboration. It’s free and it’s all around you, and the rewards are plentiful.

Intergenerational Relationships Can Improve Your Business and Your Life

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