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Managing Adult Employees

How to effectively manage the teenage-adult relationship when working with employees who are older than you

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This story appears in the June 2003 issue of Teen Startups.

On the surface, you may not have a lot in common. First of all, you probably are quite a bit younger than your adult employee or co-worker. Second, your adult colleague may seriously underestimate your ability to thrive in an adult business world. This may cause rifts as decisions are made and disagreements result. Managing the teenager-adult relationship is essential to growing a business as you bring on senior leadership to steer the ship while you complete educational endeavors. (For more on when it's time to bring on adult leadership, see my December column.)

Here are some suggestions for building long-lasting relationships with adult employees:

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