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Navigating Generational Differences in the Family Business

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
2:30 pm
- 5:00 pm

Private Event


The Goei Center
818 Butterworth St SW
Grand Rapids, MI, MI 49504 United States
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Navigating Generational Differences in the Family Business

If you’ve listened to any other discussion about generational issues at work, then you’ve undoubtedly been told there are four distinct generations operating side-by-side in today’s working world. You’ve then been told the differences between those four generations, and then you’ve been told (although probably not in these exact words) that you need to just deal with all these different people, because they’re not going away and they’re not going to change how they operate. If that advice suits you, fantastic.

However, if you’ve ever been frustrated by how impossible it seems to employ four different strategies to manage four distinct generations, and if you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one who’s being asked to make any changes, then Us Vs. Them is exactly what you need.  Because it turns out that there really aren’t four generations. In this hysterical keynote, you’ll learn a simpler way of looking at your own generational picture, and you’ll also learn how to understand, recognize, and resolve every generational issue facing today’s workforce.  That’s no exaggeration; by the end of Us Vs. Them, you and your colleagues will walk away with all of the knowledge you’ll need to address 100% of the generational issues you’ll face for the rest of your career.  Other generational presentations focus on what people want, but Us Vs. Them will tell you why everyone wants the different things they do.  It’s an important distinction, and it will make implementing new solutions easier than you ever thought possible.

So get ready to laugh more and learn more than you ever thought possible.  Because improving your generational issues doesn’t have to be boring.

Keynote Speaker: Matt Havens

A graduate of Miami University with his MBA from Illinois State University, Matt Havens entered the workforce like most college graduates – bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to spend the next 40 years climbing the ol’ corporate ladder. He ultimately landed with a Fortune 50 company, worked his way through various promotional roles in 10 years before realizing Corporate America has a lot to learn! Matt brings that background and couples it with a truly unprecedented ability to deliver high-quality education in an undeniably
entertaining way. After all, Matt is a believer that education is the only way that we improve at anything and that we’ll all improve better and faster if we enjoy the process. By combining the content of the traditional presentation with the entertainment value of a comedy show, Matt has found enthusiastic audiences in government, academia, small businesses and Fortune 50 companies, all while still being one of the youngest members of the professional speaking circuit. Matt firmly believes that making learning fun is the quickest, cheapest and most effective way to create a culture where people are eager to continually improve. Whether you want to improve your leadership or change management strategies, elevate your corporate culture or eliminate generational tensions – if it’s important to you, Matt will make it fun!


  • Learn to replace the complicated four-generation model with a workable dichotomy between older, more experienced workers and their younger, less-experienced counterparts
  • Understand the key cultural, technological, and social changes that have conspired to create a disconnect between team members from these two generation
  •  Walk away with several immediately applicable strategies to address and eliminate problems caused by the disconnect mentioned above
  • Inspire a healthier, more robust work ethic in your younger employees (and your older ones, too)