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Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life Paperback – December 11, 2014
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-- Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Great Leaders Grow
"The problems Joanie Connell describes are real. Employees are entering--and leaving--the workplace without the levels of resilience and independence they need to succeed. I recommend Flying without a Helicopter to people who want to develop the life skills needed to succeed in the corporate world (and their parents) and to leaders who want their companies to succeed."
-- Daniel Bradbury, CEO coach, investor, life science consultant, and former CEO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals
"Managing across generations now is remarkably difficult, as each one approaches timelines, deadlines, conflict, and recognition in different ways. To understand these differences and leverage the creativity within, you could do no better than to read Connell's Flying without a Helicopter! A wise read for leaders as well as employees, job seekers, and even parents!"
-- Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and global bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There
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- with unrealistic expectations about opportunities
- unwilling or unable to accept constructive feedback about their work
- afraid to take risks
- with an expectation or need to be praised daily or even more often
- without the communication skills necessary to work in teams
Dr. Connell explains that these attitudes and behaviors are the result of “helicopter parents” who tend to hover over their children, trying to shield them from negative experiences, setbacks or failures, and make decisions on their behalf. The result is a generation of young people who have not developed the skills required for success in life and on the job.
Joanie Connell achieves something unique in this book. She’s able to talk to the parents and managers as well as the millennials themselves. Her message is important. She states that she wrote the book because she’s concerned that the leaders of tomorrow will not be prepared to lead effectively.
Her book shows the way for all those involved to help young people get ready for “REAL” Life:
RESILIENT – to stay engaged and maintain a positive attitude no matt what gets in your way
EMPOWERED – to be independent and confident, able to get things done
AUTHENTIC – to be aware of yourself, know your strengths and your imperfections, and to communicate genuinely
LIMBER – to be flexible in mind and body, to be creative, resourceful and able to switch gears quickly as the situation requires
She’s organized the book into 3 sections: Problems, Solutions and Exercises.Read more ›
Apparently Dr. Joanie Connell has been listening in to my kitchen table rants, because the entire first section of Flying Without A Helicopter is a powerful and complete description of a situation about which I have railed often and loudly, although not nearly as eloquently or astutely as her observations, solid research, and clearly communicated perceptions.
This is not a “Bash The Millennials” book, but a serious attempt to call our attention to a real problem which our entire society must address. At first, I thought this book was an academic discussion of the sociological dynamics of recent years which have affected our educational system, changed our parenting, and resulted in problematic attitudes and behaviors in current college students and entry-level workers.
Then as I moved through the book, I was treated to a good dose of career development counseling the way it ought to always be done. The book ends with some excellent coaching for self-improvement through a solid set of strategies to develop characteristics that we may have let wither.
Dr. Connell clearly and convincingly shows us why this topic is important for all of us regardless of age or generational identification, and how we got to the place where her book is not just necessary, but essential. After a rousing preface and introduction, we enjoy a deep and rich exploration of this issue, how it manifests in school, relationships, and at work, and finally what we can individually do change the situation for ourselves.
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But he said he found the solution. "I don't hire them anymore," he said. "That's why my staff has people from Ecuador, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Jamaica, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia, and all the Americans I have are over 40."
Joannie B. Connell, Ph.D., talent management expert and career coach, has a new book, Flying without a Helicopter (2015), that puts the blame on over-parenting. Popularly known as "helicopter parents," they seem to "hover" over their children, doing things for their kids that the kids need to be doing for themselves. While these children may think it's pretty cool to have parents who praise them for everything (whether they earned it or not), get them out of trouble, solve their problems, and buy them whatever they say they need, this over-protection and dependence on their parents prevents them from learning the life skills and personal strengths needed to deal with life and work as an adult.
In her book, Dr. Connell describes "millennials" in detail. She reveals the gap between what these young adults were taught to expect and the realities of a challenging workplace. Like my friend, many employers are concluding that despite their college degrees, too many young adults of this generation are unfit for work.
Most of her book describes solutions - what employers and millennials need to do differently to be successful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really found that this book had very good tips and advice. As a parent of a teen, it's easy to try to do things for her and this book had very convincing reasons as to why I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarah E. Block
Technicially it's 4.5 stars, but i'm rounding up to five since Amazon.com doesn't allow half stars. While i'm neither a manager nor a millennial, and I don't have kids, I still... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wolfwalkr
Overparenting is just as much of a problem as over-drinking. Since when did preparing children for success become such a blood sport? Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Kador
As parents, my husband and I often felt that we were going against the grain. We encouraged our daughters to solve conflicts with their friends and work out issues with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.
Very readable, thought-provoking, and with great exercises to work through with your child.Published 12 months ago by Single mom with no time to shop
Full disclosure: I have four GRANDchildren and within the blink of an eye, they will enter the job market. This book by Dr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Eileen McDargh
One of my future plans is a business which teaches teens how to hone their leadership skills and give them a step up in succeeding in life and work. Joanie B. Read morePublished 15 months ago by auskavitch
Joanie Connell, Ph.D. has written “Flying without a Helicopter”; it has a very apt subtitle of “How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life”. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rebecca Henderson