Skyfall: 2020 Workforce At Its Best

The filmmakers get it. The writers get it. The marketers get it. Transcending the generational divide marks smart business.

Last weekend, as the newest 007 movie “Skyfall” opened in theaters across America, audiences spanning millennials through boomers and traditionalists witnessed business at its best, proving that consumers of all ages can delight in one product.

But the business brilliance of “Skyfall” is more than multi-market appeal. The film’s accurate portrayal of a multigenerational workforce presented a model case study for businesses confronted with the challenge of a 5-generation workplace.

Skyfall cast accurately displayed the characteristics associated with his or her generation.

  • M, a Traditionalist and the senior member of the British Secret Service Agency, showed steadfast resolve on the outside while personally questioning her relevance in an industry of change.
  • Bond snickered at his new quartermaster who proudly stated he can change outcomes with the touch of a keystroke while sitting at home in his pajamas.
  • And the young millennial Q, unaffected by Bond’s snarky remarks, confidently boasted about the technologically improved gun that only fired when it recognized Bond’s handprint.

Despite the generational tensions, M, Bond and Q work together. Three key strategies for generational work conflict can be learned from this action-packed film.

Lesson 1
New and Old Processes Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Lesson 2
Respect Trumps Skepticism

Lesson 3 
Time Builds Trust

If you were the one of the thousands to see the newest James Bond movie, did you recognize examples of these lessons? If you didn’t see the movie, share examples of your company strategies for modeling understanding and harmony among the different generations in your workforce.

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