The Saeculum Decoded
A Blog by Neil Howe
Aug 052010

Very interesting essay.  I.Q. scores seem to be continually rising with each passing cohort (the “Flynn effect”).  But creativity—as measured by the Torrence score—has turned direction.  It was rising until about 1990, but then started to turn down, starting with the younger grades.  Sounds like Millennial (born 1982-200?) are the culprit, doesn’t it?

On the road, when I talk with Generation X (born 1961-1981) managers, one of their biggest disappointments with entry-level employees is their lack of professional passion and willingness to take risks and think outside the box.

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  • Vandalhooch

    Can't speak for the job-site, but as a Gen-X teacher of Millennial students, I heartily agree with the “risk averse” assessment. Many days it's like pulling teeth to get my students to take a risk on answering a question or heaven forbid signing up for a “difficult” class!

  • Jim Goulding

    As an Xer trading manager who has been training Millennials how to trade for the last 7 years, in the financial industry, rest assured this generation is not GenX.

    Granted, they aren't the opposite, meaning they do take risk, they are simply taking less risk. I'll look to the Homeland Babies (2006 -202?) to be the antithesis of the Xers as the Silent (1925-1942) were to the Lost (1883-1900).

    James Goulding