You’re Overlooking a Source of Diversity: Age



“A conversation with Miami University professor Megan Gerhardt on benefiting from generational differences. Megan Gerhardt, management professor at Miami University, studies the impact of generational conflict on organizations. She says too many leaders see generational lines as a source of division that hurts productivity. But her research shows that age is often an untapped source of diversity. When age-diverse teams are managed well, members share more knowledge, skills, and networks with each other. To foster intergenerational collaboration, she lays out a four-part framework that starts with questioning assumptions and ends with embracing mutual learning. Gerhardt is a co-author of the HBR article “Harnessing the Power of Age Diversity.”



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