Inter-generational advice is the topic of a Wall Street Journal blog post. From Want My Advice? Um, Not Really:
"The older generations totally mean well," [a a 28-year-old woman] says, "but they're giving advice based on things they did in the past, when times were different."
Older people have always offered advice to younger people, with words of wisdom culled from their memories of youth. And, of course, in every era, young people have found advice from elders to be outdated and ineffectual. These days, however, given how fast the world is changing, there's been a clear widening of the advice gap.
It's rooted in a devaluation of accumulated wisdom, a leveling of the relationships between old and young. On many fronts, people from Generation Y—now ages 16 to 32—assume their peers know best. They doubt those of us who are older can truly understand their needs and concerns.
In a profession based on precedent and client relationships,and, dare I say, wisdom, how would inter-generational advice between older and younger lawyers best serve clients? Your thoughts?