A nonprofit officer agreed, saying many Gen Xers think, "I want to please this baby boomer. I want to give him exactly what he wants."
As a result, the generation is missing opportunities to make an impact.
"I would say the Gen Xers just want to be told something to do and then go do it," said an IT supervisor, "whereas maybe the two generations at the opposite ends are wanting to leap in and do it themselves."
The idea of losing opportunities to younger ladder-climbers seems to be a valid one.
"When the baby boomers finally step down, if the Gen Xers don't step up, then they're going to get jumped," said an insurance agent.
"Right," another agreed. "I mean, it's going to be whoever steps up and is ready to bat."