Join David Allen for an in-depth discussion in this video Are there any generational or cultural differences among Getting Things Done practitioners?, part of Getting Things Done.
- One of the things we've noticed is that there's no difference really, generationally, culturally, gender-wise, personality-wise. All of those will be factors about what's the content people use in their system or what or some of the motivations that they would pick up in system like this and use it and the benefits that they would get out of it. The system itself doesn't change. I'm such a lazy guy. I've created a fabulous career for myself because I don't change what I say to them if I'm working with a six-year-old or a 60-year-old CEO. It's the same thing. Now they have very different content, the six-year-old and the 60-year-old, but they both have stuff going on that they need to keep track of and not in their head.
Yeah, generationally I would say kids are not necessarily feeling overwhelmed though I've met a lot of them that are and they're as busy as their parents are. And they're on as many committees trying to get as many things done and involved in so many things. I understand that sleep deprivation now beats alcohol in terms of teenage death, in terms of traffic stuff. Kids are, they're buried out there. So in some ways, we've had a lot of kids. And when I say kids, for the most part, I think kids and the young teens all the way up through college take to this pretty fast.
We've had a lot of children actually sort of being taught this thought process by their parents, their parents get it. Say, "Wow, I can have my kid think "what's the next action about something. "I can have them start to gather places where their "homework is and keep track of things like that." So these principles can be translated to all kinds of people and all kinds of situations. We haven't seen any bias about that. As I said, there's probably more difference between you and your next-door neighbor in terms of your interests in this, your uptake on this as there is between you and somebody halfway around the world who's got a similar kind of professional career or focus.
So having traveled around the world and done this information and done this education and coaching in pretty much any culture you can name. Haven't seen any differences at all. The one that was probably the most daunting to me to go to was Japan. Because there's a lot-- I happen to personally like the Japanese aesthetic, the sort of zen, minimalist kind of aesthetic. And I thought, "Well gee, if there was a culture "that we may already get this and already have mind "like water and be working with a clear head", I said, "this would be it." And I had the opportunity to do a workshop way out West in the countryside.
So this was like way out in a lovely place on the main island in Japan. I'm a little nervous (mumbles). Well maybe I'm gonna go in, I'll be preaching to the choir so there's nowhere for them to go. And they were as overwhelmed, buried, out of control as anybody else. Well, that's kind of the bad and good news. Good news is, okay, I got job security, meaning that I don't think there's anywhere on the planet that you don't find people who have the hunger for this kind of methodology. I haven't seen a difference.
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