Surviving the Baby Boomer Exodus: Capturing Knowledge for Gen X and Y Employees

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There are managers who can't bear the thought of losing longtime, skilled employees due to the "brain drain," yet it is occurring as experienced Baby Boomers retire and take with them their practical knowledge and business acumen. Despite the media coverage of Boomers and how a tidal wave of retirements could impact business, many senior managers are kicking the can down the road, putting off the job of creating a system and process for capturing knowledge. Keeping this a low priority could lead to a great deal of deep, tacit knowledge walking out the door, maybe for good. Managers can avoid this by taking some steps now to prepare for the day when key workers leave. These steps are outlined in SURVIVING THE BABY BOOMER EXODUS. This book provides a practical guide for capturing valuable knowledge, skills, and experience so it can be shared among employees of all the generations in the workplace. It examines methods for assessing a company's knowledge gaps, creating a knowledge transfer plan, and nurturing a culture that encourages knowledge sharing and collaboration. Inside you'll find scenarios, case studies, tips, templates, and checklists that will help you capture and retain your company's intellectual capital as Baby Boomers leave the workplace.

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Ken Ball is a Baby Boomer and has been tracking issues relating to aging in the workplace for several years. At TechProse, he drives business development for the consulting firm that specializes in knowledge/content management, training and documentation for major U.S. clients. He has more than 30 years of experience in corporate sales and marketing, including years in the book publishing business, working for IDG Books, publishers of the ...For Dummies computer and general reference books. He has a marketing communications degree from Bradley University.

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"This carefully-researched book explains how to capture and record the know-how from the Boomer generation with precision. It is a prescriptive book that will help organizations develop Gen X and Y leaders while giving them the knowledge and wisdom gathered from their predecessors."

"Many people have written about the need to harvest the precious knowledge of our aging workforce, and management hasn't paid much attention...Gotsill and Ball have teamed up to bridge the generation gap with a comprehensive, practical guide to help organizations get started...let the harvest begin!"

"One of the most challenging issues in any organization is the transfer of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom between people. This book points out key generational learning needs in this arena and offers multiple methods for effectively making this transfer occur, including the power of story to speed up this process."

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