I was up and on my way by 7am. The first challenge was to put fuel in my rental vehicle. I managed fairly well. Thank heavens there was no one to observe. I am used to that black plastic thing around the nozzle that sucks up to the car. Well, in reality, I am used to someone else pumping my gas because in Oregon, it is illegal to pump your own gas. In all the states where I recall pumping gas, that black sheath had to be placed properly for the gas to be dispensed. This was just a regular nozzle. It worked.
Next, I stopped by Union University for hugs before heading off to Milan, Paris, Dover, and Clarksville.
Driving in Tennessee
My thoughts on the trip are as follows:
- Milan, TN is definitely not as exciting as Milan, Italy, and that is probably when they pronounce it differently.
- Paris, TN was fun, and I enjoyed it more than my last trip to Paris, France. (My next trip to France will be much better.)
- Dover, TN was smaller than I liked, and I think there were several things there that could have interested me, but I didn’t have time for hiking and exploring.
- Clarksville, TN was huge and a disappointment. It seemed to go on forever, and I couldn’t even find a place to park downtown to grab a cub of coffee.
When I crossed into Kentucky, I felt eerily at home. I enjoyed the drive to Somerset. The one thing that I noticed was lots of trees, rocks, and butterflies.
Today I spent in Jackson, TN after sleeping in later than usual. I visited the Casey Jones Village.
After that it was downtown to see the Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame site, and I found an interesting bookstore nearby. The lady who owns the store publishes local authors. What a wonderful idea.
Then it was on to Union University. It’s a beautiful campus, and Dave Strong tells me that this is its 2nd location and most of the buildings were destroyed in a tornado a few years ago. Yikes! The tower is especially pretty and sounds nice, too.
Union University Tower
This was a great group of people. I am not sure if they were full (after dinner), tired, or too hot, but there were no questions at the end. Afterwards I did have a few people talk with me individually. One person asked me about my approach, so I shall explain it here.
I started with defining the different generations, and I settled with Lancaster and Stillman’s (2002). I then looked at stereotypical beliefs and biases about the generations.
Developmental theory suggests that events during our formative high school years shape our world views, expectations, and behaviors as adults. Therefore, I researched major events that may have had an influence during each generations high school years.
Finally, I used common team building strategies as tips for how to work with people across the various generations.
Combinations of the generations are possible depending on the age of the parents and the situation in which the child was raised.
Unfortunately, I have no photos of my presentation at the Tennessee HiA Conference, but the campus was beautiful.