- We analyze generations through the lens of deep-seated values.
- We teach collaboration and leadership based on the wisdom of great peacemakers.
We Are Different Because:
The Traditional Approach to Generations
Looks at HOW people behave and tries to predict future behavior based on past behavior. It also defines generations according to randomly chosen periods of time. Unfortunately, these methods don’t work because past behavior does not drive future behavior and arbitrary timeframes or historical social cycles do not reflect powerful shared experiences or rapid technological change.
The Near Bridge Approach to Generations
Looks at WHY people behave the way they do and predicts future behavior based on deep-seated and often unconscious values.
These values were created when generations shared experienced shared cultural events when they were growing up.
Values drive behavior and act as motivational filters through which past behavior is more easily understood and future actions are more predictable.
Values are so important in generational understanding that we don’t call them generations, but Value Populations, and we group them according to shared values.
The Traditional Approach to Collaboration and Leadership
Traditional models for collaboration and leadership use a top-down command/control approach to manage, but not lead, people.
This leads to compliance, not collaboration.
In today’s highly interconnected, less hierarchical, and participatory environment, this approach is outdated, ineffective, and even counterproductive. It makes employees feel like bored brick layers, not inspired cathedral builders.
While it may have worked for older generations, younger generations are not willing to accept oppression for a paycheck and expect their voices to be heard.
The Near Bridge Approach to Collaboration and Leadership
Our approach to collaboration and leadership is inspired, not by the usual corporate, military, and sports leaders, but by some of the world’s most effective social leaders, great peacemakers like Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, and more.
Principles used by these leaders changed the world - and can change organizations too!
These participatory principles create a win-win environment and help decrease conflict, increase engagement and loyalty, improve collaboration, and draw out the best from employees.
In addition to breakthrough insights, our training sessions also include meaningful exercises and helpful job aides to help participants apply the knowledge directly to their work life.LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE DO