Tamara Erikson and Bob Morison have examined generational differences in the workplace and caution that one assumption of succession planning programs might not hold up: the belief that younger employees will want promotions.
I wonder if this may be due in part to the leveling of perks and distinctions in some firms. Being a manager or even an executive isn't as ego-satisfying as it once was but the demands have easily tripled. The role model may no longer be the bold leader, but the specialist.
And specialists can have easier life styles.