Monthly Archives: February 2015

The True Battle Cry

The thought that we should be unaffected by our circumstances to find peace is dangerous. Detachment does not imply a disconnection from our emotions. It does imply we can manage and use our emotions to make change.  Injustice should cause anger. What we do with anger determines if it is healthy or not. Seeing anger as a fire alarm to injustice is normal, healthy and prescribed. Dwelling in and on anger is not. But to suggest that we should not be affected by what goes on around us denies us our very power as human beings… the power to feel and to use our feelings to make change.

Emotions and moods are called “affects” in psychology and affects, once properly accepted, embraced and used, can be the fire of great change. I choose to be affected by the world but by ever learning to be the best master of my emotional “horses”. Harness your affects. .. don’t ignore them or buy into them being less than desirable.  These emotions are noble, if used without dangerous obsession.  They give us the power to dream; they are our battle cry.

True peace comes from being nobly human including all our feelings. Water rushes, stands still, flows gently and falls from great heights. It is affected by its surroundings but always is true to its being… peace in all its forms.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Engage the Age

I am a late BOOMER, born in 1960. My parents were and are ELDERS, with my mother now being 91. I teach business to Gen X and Gen Y students and work alongside BOOMERS and Gen X as colleagues. I was trained and educated by ELDERS. I have watched and observed the on-the-ground manifestation of the age cultures, almost like a river flowing past me within the classroom these past 20 years. In addition, having taught Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics over these last 20 years, I have had plenty of opportunity to become acquainted with traditional research and develop real conversations in the crucible of the classroom to explore these assumptions.  My work includes exploring what I call the generational mosaic. These days, we have no less than 4 generations in the workplace. In a quick capsule, here are some key elements for each generation.

The ELDERS… 70+ in age…. born before 1945
•    Separation of family and work
•    Value Authority and Discipline
•    Traditional Families
•    View Education as a Dream
•    Formal, First Person Communications
•    Thrift and Cash
•    Conformity
•    Hard work for its own sake, to pay the bills
•    Individual responsibility

Based on my work with The Virtues Project™ and my experience as an educator and entrepreneur, and human being, here are some of the core driving virtues of the ELDERS as an age culture:

Orderliness, respect and honor

The BOOMERS… 50-69 in age… born 1945-1965
•    No real balance
•    Value Optimism
•    Disintegrating families
•    View Education as a Right
•    In Person Communications and THE PHONE (rotary and push button)
•    Buy now, pay later
•    Involvement
•    Hard work in order to build the dream
•    Team player

Now, based on my work with The Virtues Project™ and my experience as an educator and entrepreneur, and human being, here are some of the core driving virtues of the BOOMERS as an age culture:

Idealism, honor, cooperation

Generation X… 35 to 49 in age… born 1965-1980
•    Entrepreneur
•    Fun and Excitement
•    Informality
•    Save, Save, Save
•    Direct and Immediate Communications… cell phones @ work
•    View Education as a Means to an End
•    Latchkey Kids
•    Value Skepticism (not Cynicism)
•    Do it YOUR Way is VALUED
•    Balance is Crucial

Again, based on my work with The Virtues Project™ and my experience as an educator and entrepreneur, and human being, here are some of the core driving virtues of GEN X as an age culture:

Initiative, independence, zeal

Generation Y… 15-34 in age… born 1980-2000
•    Collaborative, participative
•    FUN and SOCIAL Work
•    Confidence
•    Earn to spend
•    Internet, smart phones, text, voicemail to augment communications
•    View traditional Education as Expensive
•    Merged families
•    VALUE Realism
•    Work with other creatives is VALUED
•    Balance is crucial

Finally and, yes, based on my work with The Virtues Project™ and my experience as an educator and entrepreneur, and human being, here are some of the core driving virtues of GEN Y as an age culture:

Cooperation, confidence, honesty

As part of a brainstorming session this week, we generated a list in support of this discussion.  Still… ultimately, while we can identify the ETA Boardcultures of age, there are 7.2 billion personalities on the planet and not every ELDER sees the world according to the profile. This is true of all generations. There are gradients and outright anomalies. No two people are exactly alike.  This is the bad news for leadership. There are no monolithic groups. In classrooms and workplaces, we have to recognize that everyone is unique. In fact, in all classrooms and workplaces and communities:

•    Everyone is different
•    Everyone is the same
•    Everyone has something in common with another person

This ensures there are no pat answers… no magic bullets; there are 5 Strategies one can employ in engaging the generational mosaic and other forms of diversity.  First, we need to apply what I call the Marco Polo Virtue…. curiosity. As Dale Carnegie would have said… become genuinely interested in other people. Nothing will truly work until we adopt this virtue and make it our own. Second, apply the 5 Strategies of the Virtues Project™.

•    Speak the Language
•    Recognize Teachable Moments
•    Set Clear Boundaries
•    Honor the Individual
•    Be Present

… as they relate to the virtues and character of those we engage.  Think and speak in terms of the virtues strongest within the person, the group, the age. Speak their language. Appeal to their own nobler motives. In so doing, approach learning from the standpoint of identifying what virtues reach and connect. Find that bridge, and learn as you go. With that in mind, set very clear boundaries on what your and their lines in the sand are… what virtues are deal makers and breakers, to build common understanding and culture. As you do, be cognizant of the importance of seeing people for who they are and being ourselves at our best in doing so, and be present.  In doing this, feel free to consider this list of 100 Virtues.

This is the starting point of understanding the generational mosaic.  It is true that we have a body of work and knowledge that establishes commonalities amidst the different age groups.  It is also true that the groups are not monolithic.  It is also true that there are commonalities amongst and between the groups.  So, in fact, it comes down to developing an approach that sees people for who they are and builds bridges identifying common language.  The 5 Strategies can be likened to the foundation for that bridge building.

Consider this.  Give it a try.  Check out or our own site here at…. see where it takes you.  Engage the age and explore the strategic advantage that comes from doing so.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Breaking from Ground Hog Day

So it is Ground Hog Day.  Considering the movie of same name, I thought I might launch into February with an idea around treadmills and treading water and getting things done; moving beyond the seeming repetition surrounding getting at things.

I am a multitasking machine; at least I am known to be.  That being said, true multitasking is a myth.  Other than automatic functions, our brains, as they are in function now anyways,  were not built for pure and simultaneous multitasking.  Sure, we can perfect skill in switching gears with almost immediate response but it cannot truly be sustained.

This weekend, my business manager, Nicole Fowler, and I took on the task of re-engineering Pseudio One, the true epicenter of our creative work at EPIC Engage™.  There was much to do and the temptation was, at first, to break it into bits and alternate with other tasks to creative variety and placate my multitasking drive.

We decided against, and pursued a more conscientious and devoted approach.  The result was not only a newly re-created creative space, but additional readiness to take on the next task in sequence.  There is something to finishing a task that readies one to take on another.
Stretching ourselves amongst many projects creates a continual sense of incompletion.  Sure, there are times when multitasking is not only preferable but vital… but it is not a sustainable state.  While I drive, and love driving, a standard transmission, the constant switching of gears will burn out the clutch.  There are times when such responsiveness is necessary but the ideal is to find great stretches where we are in one gear.

That all being said, I am taking this notion to a daily application.  With Nicole recently joining the team at EPIC Engage™, I can now turn my attention to daily projects around blogging, research, distribution of value added ideas and thoughts, and my creative work.  You can expect, and possibly even look forward to, uploads and offerings to either brighten or further engage your day at work and life.  That consistency is now made possible by both Nicole’s presence in our work… and my approach to one project a time.

Engagement, epic engagement, requires an ALL IN mentality.  Sometimes that requires us to be responsive and shift gears.  More often than not, it requires us to put the pedal to the metal and get to where we are going.  This weekend, we did so with Pseudio One and feel the better for it.  See the results.  It is a space wholly conducive to creativity and solution development.  Going forward, I intend to replicate that feeling of accomplishment daily.  It serves to strengthen capacity and build prosperity.

Focus and get it done, whatever “it” is.  See how that feels and works, then stay tuned for more to come.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

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