Meagan Johnson

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Meagan Johnson

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Speaker: Meagan Johnson

Bright, Funny, Delightfully Obnoxious Generational Humorist!

Topics:

  • Zap The Gap!- How to Make Peace and Profit in a Multi-Generational World
  • Break Out Session: Zap The Gap: How to Avoid the AFTERMATH
  • Co-presentation with Baby Boomer DAD
  • GENERATION TAKEDOWN!
  • From Boomers To Linksters: Managing The Friction Between Generations

Meagan Johnson is the co-author of the bestselling book Generations Inc., From Boomers To Linksters Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work.  She is the de-facto expert when it comes to navigating the maze of generational quandaries’ every organization faces.

Quoted by the Chicago Tribune, CNNMoney.com and US News & World Report, she has been heard on ABC Talk Live, NPR and profiled on Conde’ Nast’s Portfolio.com. Meagan has become the ‘Go To’ expert for all things generational.

As a Gen Xer (people born between 1965 and 1980) Meagan takes on generational issues with an insider’s perspective. During the 1990s, while working for companies like Quaker Oats, Kraft Foods and Xerox Meagan often heard negative comments about Gen Xers. Terms like “slacker generation,” “gold collar workers,” and the “Beavis and Butthead generation” were not uncommon.

Meagan knew those terms were unfair and untrue, so she began researching small and large businesses to debunk generational myths and uncover the most effective way to solve multi-generational clashes. That research gave birth to her most popular presentation, ZAP THE GAP How To Make Peace and Profit in a Multi-Generational World.

Known as the Generational Humorist, Meagan has entertained and educated thousands of audience members from all around the globe. Amongst her many satisfied clients are companies such as Dairy Queen, Burger King, Cadillac, American Express, Harley-Davidson, Monster.com, and the CIA (although the work she did @ the CIA is classified!)

Following her presentation, at the Harley Davidson Annual Dealer’s Conference, Meagan heard comments like “you changed the way I treat and train my younger employees”, “I have never had so much fun learning such valuable lessons,” and “Meagan Rocks.”

A third-generation native of Phoenix AZ, Meagan lives with her tall husband and three dogs that have a total of 15 legs (not including the husband) … you do the math!

Zap The Gap!- How to Make Peace and Profit in a Multi-Generational World

Job applicants are plentiful and unemployment is high but the fact remains that making the wrong generational choice can cost organizations hundreds of thousand dollars a year. Failure to create a multi-generational team that is effective, productive and profitable puts a company’s future growth and sustainability at risk. Ignoring the drastically diverse ways generations learn and communicate with each other is tantamount to turning your back on a tsunami.

In this highly charged, participative presentation, Meagan outlines the dominant generational forces in the workplace and how each age group’s “generational signposts” drive motivation, influence company loyalty and affect delivery of customer service. Based on pre-conference audience member interviews, Meagan will deliver a roadmap that will enable attendees to tackle their specific generational challenges successfully.

Key issues covered include:

  • Generational Signposts: (the roots of generational behavior)
  • Source and resolution of generational conflict
  • Capturing Baby Boomer brainpower before it walks out the door
  • Tapping into Gen Xers’ self-reliant and often autocratic attitudes
  • Creating a connectivity breeding ground for Generation Y

As a Gen Xer herself (people born between 1965 and 1980) Meagan takes on generational issues with an insider’s perspective. During the 1990s while working for companies like Quaker Oats, Kraft Foods and Xerox Meagan often heard negative comments about Gen Xers. Terms like “slacker generation,” “gold collar workers,” and the “Beavis and Butthead generation.”

Meagan knew those terms were unfair and untrue, so she began researching small and large businesses to debunk generational myths and uncover the most effective way to solve multi-generational clashes. That research lead to her most popular presentation, ZAP THE GAP How to Make Peace and Profit in a Multi-Generational World was born.

Value:

  • Audience Members will walk away with a clear understanding of the source of generational conflict
  • Audience Members will understand the cost of hoping it will just go away
  • Audience Members will acquire a clear-cut path to multi-generational productivity.
  • Audience Members leave armed with De-Coder cards that work as quick refreshers and guides to action they can share with others.

Break Out Session: Zap The Gap: How to Avoid the AFTERMATH

Zap the Gap; How to Avoid the AFTERMATH  is the perfect addition to your meeting agenda. The program allows audience members to take the information and tools acquired during the keynote and put them to the test. Based upon pre-conference interviews, Meagan creates real-life scenarios that reflect the generational challenges participants are facing in their own industry. Meagan leads the group through an in-depth discussion on how to tackle the more perplexing generational obstacles facing people in their work-life and personal-life today. Members walk away from the program with a workbook that will serve as their generational guide when they return to the office and home.

Co-presentation with Baby Boomer DAD

GENERATION TAKEDOWN!

From Boomers To Linksters: Managing The Friction Between Generations

A Generational dual between Gen Xer Meagan & her Baby Boomer co-author (also known as her DAD)

Did you know that Baby Boomers over 50 crave developmental support from supervisors, but don’t get as much as their younger peers?

Or, that Gen Xers are consistently voted the best managers?

Did you know that Generation Y employees are less apt to job hop than Gen Xers — particularly when they view coworkers as friends?

Based on their best-selling book, Generations Inc.: From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work, generation expert Meagan Johnson and corporate culture expert Larry Johnson, present the unique perspectives of a Gen-X daughter and her Baby Boomer dad on how each understands, communicates, motivates and manages different generations existing in the workplace today.

Understanding these generational characteristics gives managers an edge in everything from interviewing new hires and designing workstations, to planning meeting agendas, projects and assembling efficient teams.

Throughout the presentation, Meagan and Larry banter back and forth in a delightfully obnoxious, good-natured, humorous style, which helps participants, understand the generational differences found in the workplace today.

You’ll learn:

  • Which generations work best in teams and which ones thrive when left alone
  • How to tailor feedback and coaching that is appropriate for different age groups
  • Classic miscommunication traps between generations and how to navigate around them
  • The challenges of managing up: what Gen X and Gen Y managers need to know about their Boomer and Traditional employees and visa versa
  • How to use the differences in the generations to make your team more productive
  • The secrets to creating a team where everyone works together, even if they don’t want to hold hands and sing Kumbaya
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