I would say the following article has good pointers, even across generations. Please read the following:
One of the hardest things to deal with as a young professional is relationships with people of conflicting generations. The most common complaint expressed to The Gen-Y Group, is that people don’t take you seriously because of your age. This is precisely the reason we have a put our heads together to bring you a couple of pointers on the subject.
1. Don’t forget who you are!
It is very important that when dealing with conflicting generations, you don’t forget who you are. it is easy to get lost in their ways and accept the things they believe in. You must always be conscious of your values as a gen-yer, while simultaneously playing both sides of the generational fence. We are not saying ” don’t be genuine and sincere’, just don’t get lost in their ways and forget your own.
2. Find common ground
A key attribute of a successful young professional is always finding common ground. You should be able to be placed in a room with any individual, and as long as you both speak the same language, it is your duty to find a topic that will spawn a cooperative conversation. There is always something you can mutually relate too. If all else fails, gracefully change the subject to something you are more knowledgeable about(Stir clear of politics). Lastly, never set yourself up for failure by telling false truths (lies).
3. Conquer your fears of public speaking
Easier said than done, I know. The fastest way to be taken seriously, and completely make your age transparent is to become a good public speaker. When you have the ability to capture the attention of individuals, simultaneously, publicly, and regardless of age, you have conquered one of the most common fears in the world. This means you have gained the respect of majority of the people in the room, who could have not done what you just did.
4.Dress with the best of them
This is simple. Don’t give anyone the opportunity to judge your age based off of your clothes.
The Gen-Y Group is not a wardrobe consulting firm. However, we know whats best to wear in most situations.Remember, because of your age you often times have to go above and beyond the dress code to compensate. We do not mean wearing a tuxedo to work. We are simply saying, dress to impress. When in doubt, parallel your wardrobe to your supervisors.
5.Always be prepared
Not being prepared is professional suicide. Never say, “I don’t know” when asked a question. Always be prepared for the unexpected. It is very important that the individuals in those conflicting generations never catch you slipping. Being unprepared stunts your professional growth, and places you into an unattractive category.
The bottom line is adaptation…
Be it which generation you are, I supposed adaptation is important to settle yourself and getting things done. Yes, some may say “adaptation” may not be important, by by adapting, perhaps can save something, be it time, energy and money.
As the final line says… bottom line is – adaptation. 🙂