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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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"In Flying Without a Helicopter, Joanie Connell details unique challenges faced by young adults and their leaders in the workplace, offering action plans readers can apply to their 'real work' situation as they move toward solution. This book was written for you--whether you are a manager, a young adult new to the business world, or a parent of that young adult. Thanks, Joanie, for zooming in on this timely topic!" 
-- 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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"We all want children who are resilient, happy and successful in their lives, doing what they are fulfilled in doing. And, many parents only really learned how to parent by what was done to them by their parents. Some of that worked--some of it did not. This resource will open eyes and equip parents with skills to 'change their parenting game' into a more effective approach with the dear people who mean the most to them--their kids." 
-- Thomas G. Crane, author of The Heart of Coaching 

 
"This work is a must read not only for leaders and managers but also for parents and educators who can work together to create balanced individuals who value understanding, collaboration and depth and aren't pressured into taking shortcuts to achieve illusory perfection." 
-- Kathi Lutton, principal and patent litigator at Fish & Richardson, mentor for the Fortune Most Powerful Women Network
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491752645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491752647
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this important book, author Joanie Connell, Ph.D., explains that the generation of millennials has grown up protected and sheltered, entering the workforce:
- 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.
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“The cliche’ of the millenials is they want a trophy for just showing up. (And why not?  They have received trophies for that in the past.)” …

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.

The heart of Dr.
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Whether you need a nudge to get off the crazy train of over involved parenting or some support for stepping back and letting your kids experience life on their own, you will love this book. Once you have read it, you will want to start passing it out at the playground!
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Recently I had an interesting conversation with an IT executive about his technical staff, and we ended up talking about "millennials," the generation of adults currently in their twenties and early thirties. He said their narcissism, lack of resilience, attitude of entitlement and poor work ethic had caused terrible issues for him.

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.
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