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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2012
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how to manage them; age and generational diferences are
equally important to understand and overcome.) For mid- and
senior-level employees, FSI’s leadership and managerial training
courses can raise consciousness regarding the realities of man-
aging newer employees.
Over time veteran Foreign Service employees may come to
realize that their younger colleagues’ work style is not only more
appropriate to 2012 than traditional approaches, but perhaps
even more to their own liking. In his seminal management book,
Drive
, Daniel Pink makes just this point when he identifes the
elements of very satisfed employees: autonomy, mastery and
purpose.
For their part, younger employees may learn that they are
most content when de-emphasizing themselves and putting
mission and country ahead of their own preferences. And they
may even see how older employees’ vast knowledge and war
stories can help them with their own challenges.
We can all learn how age is an asset when we let it
unite us.
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