JUST RELEASED October 2018 – A New Book By Hans Finzel and Patrick Kelly

Sparks are flying every day in workplaces, government, education, clubs and churches between these two generations. Is there a way for Millennials and Boomers to actually thrive together in life and work—not just lob insulting judgments at one another?  We believe there is. Patrick in his early 30’s and Hans in his mid 60’s explore the ins and outs of why there is so much tension between these two generations and how we can learn to respect each other. We are passionate about inspiring our two generations to lay aside condemnation and instead crawl into the head of one another and learn to respect each other.  We have chosen to focus our discussion on these two massive generations of Millennials (75 million) and Boomers (76 million).   But Builders and Gen X’ers can glean a lot from our advice as well.

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Millennials and Boomers - In two minutes!

Hans Finzel is successful author, teacher, mentor and leader among leaders, Hans Finzel has trained leaders internationally on five continents. He and Donna founded HDLeaders in 2012 where he serves as President.  Prior to that, Hans completed twenty years as President and CEO of international non-profit WorldVenture. Hans and his wife Donna spent ten years living in Vienna, Austria while training leaders throughout Eastern Europe behind the Iron Curtain before the fall of communism. He has an earned doctorate in the field of leadership.  Dr. Finzel is the author of ten books, including his bestseller “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” (David C Cook, 2007) and his newest release “The Top Ten Ways To Be A Great Leader.” (David C Cook, 2017). His books have been published in over twenty foreign languages.

Patrick Kelly is a successful entrepreneur, speaker and strategist in the produce supply chain industry in California. For more than 15 years Patrick has been dedicated to growing better supply chains for produce partners around the world.   He was awarded the Produce Business Journal’s class of 2015’s, Young and Smart Leaders on the rise and Top 40 under 40. Patrick is a young entrepreneur committed to making better deals for growers. He has dedicated his work to learning and leading all generations to work and thrive together. Patrick and Renae have two children and live in central California.


I, Hans, remember Patrick calling me several times to complain about the “Boomer buzz saw” he was running in to at his job. He works in California in the fresh produce industry, which is totally dominated and run by old school Boomers. He wanted my advice plus he just wanted to vent about how roughly he was being treated as a young person getting into this industry. “Even though I grew up in this industry helping my dad, I am treated with zero respect,” he complained. “And they want me to do everything their way. It’s like I have nothing to contribute and my ideas all suck” It wasn’t long before the two of us concluded, “Hey, we should write a book about this, because this problem is everywhere in America.” Both generations have a choice, condemn or co-operate. Or to put it another way, dig in your heals and say it has to be my way, or meet each other half way and try to work well together. The two of us had several phone conversations about how Boomers and Millennials actually could work better together. That is what this book is about—breaking up the cold war and helping Boomers and Millennials thrive together in the work place and in life. And more than just get along, each generation should learn to appreciate what each brings to the table.