This was a big week! After almost a year of intensive research and writing, we submitted our book manuscript Gentelligence: The Revolutionary Approach to Leading an Intergenerational Workforce to our publisher, Rowman & Littlefield. The final product was 9 chapters, 270 pages, and a labor of love.

What is Gentelligence?

It’s seeing the potential in every generation in the workplace. It’s recognizing that those who grew up during different periods of history see things in different and interesting ways and that there is power in that kind of diversity of thought. If you want to see where the Gentelligence movement first began, take a look at my 2017 TEDx talk!

There’s a lot of noise out there when it comes to understanding generational differences–a lot that is written is simply clickbait and name-calling. In writing the book, our goal was to narrate a smart conversation on this topic and to cut through the noise. We push back against that kind of generational shaming and instead pulls upon research and best practices in cultural intelligence, diversity, teams, and leadership to help organizations leverage the inherent potential in an intergenerational workplace. The book is written by a multigenerational author team–myself, Josephine Nachemson-Ekwall, and Brandon Fogel. It features interviews and case studies across industries and generations. We provide key practices that all leaders and organizations can apply to move toward creating a more Gentelligent workplace.

Here’s a quick look at the topics (and chapters) of the upcoming book:

  • Chapter 1: Blame 60 Minutes: How Morley Safer Fueled the Generation Wars
  • Chapter 2: Our Generational Identities
  • Chapter 3: Mind the Gap: Roadblocks to Closing the Generational Divide
  • Chapter 4: The Gentelligence Solution: 4 Key Practices
  • Chapter 5: Filling the Pipeline: Leading Up (and Down)
  • Chapter 6: Secrets of Gentelligent Teams
  • Chapter 7: A Gentelligent People Strategy
  • Chapter 8: Creating a Gentelligent Work Culture
  • Chapter 9: Gentelligence for the Future of Work

Thanks for all of the early interest in the book–we promise you’ll be the first to know when it’s available for preorders!

Gentelligence will be a frequent topic on the blog, but also look for upcoming timely topics like leading & creating a sense of agency in times of crisis. This blog is all about developing potential–our own and that of others. More soon! –MG