Randy and HEC Paris colleague Dr. Jeremy Ghez discuss the advantages of cultivating a workplace that is equally inclusive of younger and older talent. Their article, “The Kids Are Alright” appears in the new online Chief Learning Officer.

It’s easy to default to stereotypes, but for leadership development, the single difference that matters most is: being new.

It’s the newness of millennials and Gen Z that brings life experiences different from their more senior colleagues, but it is the same newness of each preceding wave of talent. Boomers eschewed corporate rigidity and conventional ideals and sought affirmation and meaning in their jobs, too. And so do Gen Xers, millennials and Gen Zs.