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Chapter 8. The Learning Hand > SUCCESS CARD 39: Learn Generations

SUCCESS CARD 39: Learn Generations

Another important piece in the learning puzzle today is the opportunity to talk with and learn from the other generations in your life. For decades, Baby Boomers have dominated the demographic landscape. The Boomers, who grew up post-World War II in the late 1940s, 50s, and early 60s, set many standards due to their large numbers. Each generation has different attitudes about work and life. The wise learner considers these differences, which can be as simple as differing tastes in food, drink, or music or as complex as how they like to be rewarded for a job well done or how they approach project management.

Harry's Move Harry's former student, Sean, was now in the midst of his first year as a high school music teacher. Sean kept his promise and invited Harry to be a guest conductor at the school's winter concert. He asked Harry to conduct the National Anthem, which would serve as the concert's finale. Sean also invited him to come to school and sit in on the various music classes the day before and day of the concert. Harry was flattered and looked forward to getting in front of a chorus once again. It was a three-hour drive, and Harry arrived in time for the concert choir rehearsal after lunch. Sean introduced Harry to the chorus and let him begin working immediately on the song. Harry had brought along an old arrangement of the anthem that he had used years ago with his own choruses but could quickly see that the kids didn't care for it. Sean, a little embarrassed, stepped in to intervene and convince the choir that this arrangement would be just fine for the concert. Harry felt hurt that the kids didn't like it; he also suddenly felt very old, but he decided to try something. He asked the kids to talk with him about what they didn't like. It took several minutes of beating around the bush, but one student finally said that maybe it would be better if it sounded like the National Anthems that had been performed on TV recently. They wanted it to have more of a pop “boy-band” type of sound. Harry thought, Why not? So, with Sean's help, they all worked together and created an arrangement on the spot that everyone seemed to like. When they were finished, Harry couldn't help but think, Well, I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks! As he drove back home after the concert, Harry decided he would approach a few music publishers with this new, updated arrangement.



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