New roles for the old guard

01/16/2009 | Harvard Business Review online

When Barack Obama is sworn in as president next week, Washington will undergo a generational shift that's being felt in the workplace as well. In offices across the country, members of Generation X are assuming leadership roles, while baby boomers are moving into more advisory positions, similar to Obama's older-skewing Cabinet. The result, generational-trend-watcher Tammy Erickson says, will be greater emphasis on "transparency, accountability, real-time performance, lack of ideology, top-of-market effectiveness and cash value."

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