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May 04, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Leading the Gen Z generation

WRAL TechWire contributor Donald Thompson examines the challenges for executives in his most recent column.

Veteran entrepreneur and investor Donald Thompson is a weekly columnist for WRAL TechWire. In his latest column for the online site titled “Closing the Gen Z disconnect gap – How to lead a new generation,” he explores the Gen Z generation.

He starts by noting that they have “a baffling attitude about work. Members of this cohort (born between 1997 and 2012) are socially conscious, tech-forward, and want workplaces that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. But many display a nonchalance and outright disdain for ‘regular jobs’ that have critics calling them entitled, lazy or hard to work with.”

Thompson adds that “Gen Z is already a force in the economy from a consumer perspective. Soon, they will be a focal point of organizational success as companies search for the best talent to replace retiring baby boomers and Gen Xers.”

He discusses a recent study by Deloitte and offers some insights for leaders of organizations.

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