Baby Boomer Generation

Many authors have identified different years that describe the generations, a history page says baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964 give or take 5 years on either end. It’s fascinating to read how the baby boomers got started!

Right now, the boomers are well-established in their careers and hold positions of power and authority. This generational segment constitutes a large majority of today’s law firm leaders, corporate executives, senior paralegals and legal managers. In fact, nearly 70 percent of law firm partners are Baby Boomers.

Labor statistics indicate that nearly 80 million Baby Boomers will exit the workplace in the next decade. These employees are retiring at the rate of 8,000 per day or more than 300 per hour.

This unprecedented loss of skilled labor in the legal profession, consisting largely of partners, executives, senior support staff, legal managers and other legal thought leaders, may dramatically impact the legal industry.

I love this 1950 kids slide show to Bucky Covington Song “A Different World”.

The Boomers also have a wild side! There is a wonderful website for the aging hipsters! Here you’ll see Jimmy Buffett (a true boomer born Dec 25, 1946) sing, “We Our The People Our Parents Warned Us About”.

Baby Boomers are confident, independent and self-reliant. This generation grew up in an era of reform and believed they can change the world.

They questioned established authority systems and challenged the status quo. In the legal workplace, Baby Boomers are not afraid of confrontation and will not hesitate to challenge established practices.

Baby Boomers are extremely hardworking and motivated by position, perks and prestige. Baby Boomers relish long work weeks and define themselves by their professional accomplishments.

Since they sacrificed a great deal to get where they are in their career, this workaholic generation believes that Generation X  and Generation Y  should pay their dues and conform to a culture of overwork. Baby Boomers may criticize younger generation for a lack of work ethic and commitment to the workplace.

Baby Boomers as a group, are goal oriented with increased educational and financial opportunities than previous generations, Baby Boomers are achievement-oriented, dedicated and career-focused. They welcome exciting, challenging projects and strive to make a difference. They are not afraid of technology being the largest demographic on facebook!

Have you seen your generation yet? I’ve written about Baby Boomers, Gen X and the Y Generation.  Next time it will be the Generation before it all!The Silent Generation or Veterans.

Following that, we’ll look at this historical time we’re in -  Four Generations In The Workforce!  I hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘history lesson’ as much as I have! Tell me what you think? What generation are you in, give or take 5 years!  :)

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45 Responses to “Baby Boomer Generation”

  1. Theuns Says:

    Thanks Linda

    Thx for the lesson from the past , yes we can learn a lot from
    the baby boomers.
    Great Videos.

    Theuns

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  2. Larry Rivera Says:

    Hi Linda, I like this post on Baby Boomers, I would honestly say that 70% of the people I come in contact with online through my marketing is the baby boomer generation.

    I really think that there is something special going on for that generation. Coming from generation X myself I think while our generation have grown up around computers. It is the baby boomer generation who seems to be looking more closely at it to make extra money.

    Thanks for sharing the article,
    Larry
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    • Linda Grace Says:

      Larry~
      Thanks for commenting! I agree with you! When I learned that the fastest growing demographic on facebook is the baby boomers it amazed me! And I think you’re right! They are retiring or close to it and concerned for their future! I’m anxious to read your latest post!
      ~Linda

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  3. Yorinda Says:

    Hi Linda,

    ‘ageing hipsters’ that is a fun way of describing us boomers.

    I also love “we are the people our parents warned us about”

    The Numbers are amazing.

    Thank you so much for your article and the videos.
    Have a great weekend.
    Yorinda
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    • Linda Grace Says:

      Thanks Yorinda~
      I had so much fun learning about the boomers! I was born in 1963 so according to some, I’m technically a boomer but in reality I feel like a GenXer! My mom was born in 1941 so technically she isn’t, but again she is totally a boomer!! I’m glad ‘they say’ give or take 5 years on either end!
      ~Linda

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  4. Peter Fuller MBA Says:

    Hey Linda

    I am a Boomer and proud to be one :)

    I enjoyed the videos, thanks for the memories.

    Peter
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  5. Patricia@lavenderuses.com Says:

    Hi Linda
    I am definitely a baby boomer. Interesting post. My Gen Y niece and nephew don’t tweet but I do. They have different expectations as far as work and leisure go. Then again they are living in very different times. They have only known this age so when I would help them with their homework and be able to give them dates and copious amounts of information about some historical fact; I think they were slightly amused when they asked how I knew all this when I replied I had lived through it!
    Each generation brings something new and I’m glad of my childhood days and when I grew up. Just as my elderly Mother is glad of the era she was born – despite hard times.
    Patricia Perth Australia
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    • Linda Grace Says:

      Patricia~
      I understand the love for the time we grew up in! My parents and inlaws both are like you, “copious amounts of information” about alot of things! I’m glad you shared!!
      ~Linda

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  6. Coffee Shop Marketing Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Great information, but I have to comment on your statement on how the rate of retiring boomers will effect the legal system. I had just read an article about the number of people becoming attorneys, and it was something like (don’t quote me) 4 for every 1 retiring. Frankly, it scared the crud out of me…. I wish it was the other way around…
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  7. hollyfulfordjef@YourKeywords Says:

    Wow! I thought I wasn’t a Baby Boomer… but I think I have more of those characteristics than Gen X… Not that I fit in totally with the Baby Boomers, though! My kids think that I come from a really old place. They are millenials! Love learning about this. Thanks for your teachings Linda!
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    • Linda Grace Says:

      Thanks Holly for leaving a comment! I think you are the proof that we are all unique, we can’t all be clumped together! But it is fun to see the norm, isn’t it?!
      ~Linda

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  8. Darlene Davis Says:

    Thanks for the memories, Linda! Fun videos! I am a proud baby boomer who identifies with many of the attributes listed above that are ascribed to our generation. It’s sad to see so many of us retiring. Guess we still think of ourselves as teenagers (most of the time).

    Buffet’s song was right on. I can remember listening to Elvis and the Beatles and hearing Dad say, “those guys are evil.” Dad would only allow us to listen to classical music when he was around.

    Memory lane holds many treasures …
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    • Linda Grace Says:

      Thanks Darlene!
      I can see you as a baby boomer through and through! Isn’t it amazing how those in the generation before thought Elvis and the Beatles were evil! They are probably rolling over in their graves now!
      ~Linda

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  9. Sire Says:

    Here in Australia we have another problem because of the retiring Baby Boomers and that is who is going to pay for all those who go on a pension, especially because there doesn’t seem to be as many entering the job market as there is leaving it. One way the Government has tried to circumvent this is by lifting the retirement age and encouraging people to work longer.
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  10. Val Wilcox Says:

    Hey Linda,
    I think the Baby Boomer generation is the best! Of course that’s because it’s my generation. When I reflect on the changes that have occurred in my lifetime – it’s amazing. We did create a new mindset.

    Val :)
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  11. Miguel@Free iTunes Codes Says:

    The baby boomers are awesome but I am not looking forward to when they retire. They are going to put a lot of weight to carry on my generation :\

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  12. Laura Morris Says:

    Hi Linda
    Thanks for the wonderful retrospective. I remember the day I first saw Tim Sales Brilliant Compensation and how I felt when he delivered the statistics about the percentages of the direct sales market being primarily Baby Boomers!! I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin! We have such an opportunity to deliver true value to this generation, OUR GENERATION, that we can fully relate to! I wrote a piece on my blog about growing up with a hippie sister in that turbulent time..I think it was titled “How to get anything you truly want”. Kind of reminds me..
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane..Like your style and will be back often!
    Laura Morris
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  13. Linnea Says:

    Hi Linda,

    What a fun post this is. We certainly do live in interesting times and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I do think we’re in for some challenges when the boomers begin leaving the workforce en masse. T’will be interesting to see how that unfolds. Thanks for the post. ~ Linnea
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    • Linda Grace Says:

      Hey Linnea!
      I totally agree! I’m anxious to write another post about that very thing… the unfolding of the boomers leaving the work force! I’m sure you understand… not enough time to create all the desired posts! I’m anxious to take your survey!
      Linda

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  14. Helen Wenley Says:

    Hi Linda,
    I am a happy baby boomer – us boomers have initiated a great deal of change in the world, and it is still changing because of us. It will be interesting to see what happens when/if most of us retire…
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    • Linda Grace Says:

      Helen~
      Yes, it will be amazing to watch what happens when the boomers leave the workforce! I am right on the edge of the boomers and Gen X, I feel more like an Xer – I love studying the generations! I’ve got to get the ‘Veterans’ post done, it’s so fun!
      ~Linda

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  15. Mom Says:

    Wonderful post, Linda. Guess I really am a boomer – though an old one. :) What a fun time we’ve had. Brings back many good memories.

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  16. Vincent Cameron Says:

    thanks for the lovely insight into the Baby Boomer generation. I would have loved to be apart of the people that have influenced the past 60 years.

    love your blog,
    Vincent
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    • Linda Grace Says:

      Vincent~
      I have enjoyed writing about the different generations! It’s fun to think about how we all influence the world! I look forward to reading your most recent post!
      Linda

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  17. Janice@San Diego DUI Lawyer Says:

    Hi Linda Grace, So baby is is a person who was born during the demographic Post-World War II baby boom. I am also thinking that they got something we don;t have and I am curious about. Or maybe because they are confident and self-reliant, they could be an achiever.

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  18. Kay Wilson Says:

    Thanks so much for this blog. I am married to a baby boomer and we both still work at home. I am on the plus side of the boomers but still love learning all about facebook, twitter & blogging.

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  19. Martin@CDL Exam Says:

    My dad was born around that time, and even though i’m way past the age of believing in heroes, my dad’s still the person i look up to. Over the years i realized he’s not perfect, but he’s still a better man than most i know.
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  20. Sally Thompson Says:

    This is very interesting! Thanks for sharing.. This was the time of my mom.. And she told me that she love to listen baby boomer’s song..
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    Awesome writing job! I wish I had the same talent for writing as you do. I hope you can visit my website and give me a couple of insights on how I can improve my blog. Thanks again and I will be subscribing to your blog real soon.
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  22. Melodee@average paralegal salary Says:

    Touche. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the great effort.

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  23. David Miller Says:

    I am a classic boomer and celebrated my boomer status last weekend at a ’60′s forever event here in Southern Finland where I live in the summer. we are just a small community here but more than 500 boomers attended and listened to the Liverpool 60′s legend Brian Poole sing all his great hit songs. Proud to be a boomer!!!

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    • Linda Grace Says:

      David,
      I love to hear! The generations are amazing to me, I was born in 1963 but I consider myself a Generation Xer. My mom was born in 1941 and she truly is a baby boomer. The ‘authorities’ say that our status is determined in part by the years we were born, give or take five years plus or minus. I turn 50 in November, and I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished this first half of my life. It’ll be fun to see where I go during the second half!
      ~Linda

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