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Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future Paperback – August 4, 2010

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About the Author

Dr. Tim Elmore is the founder and president of Growing Leaders, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization created to develop emerging leaders. Since founding Growing Leaders, Elmore has spoken to more than 300,000 students, faculty, and staff on hundreds of campuses across the country, including the University of Oklahoma, Stanford University, Duke University, Rutgers University, the University of South Carolina, and Louisiana State University. Elmore has also provided leadership training and resources for multiple athletic programs, including the University of Texas football team, the University of Miami football team, the University of Alabama athletic department, and the Kansas City Royals Baseball Club. In addition, a number of government offices in Washington, D.C. have utilized Dr. Elmore's curriculum. From the classroom to the boardroom, Elmore is a dynamic communicator who uses principles, images, and stories to strengthen leaders. He has taught leadership to Chick-fil-A, Inc., The Home Depot, HomeBanc, and Gold Kist, Inc., among others. He has also taught courses on leadership and mentoring at nine universities and graduate schools across the U.S. Committed to developing young leaders on every continent of the world, Elmore also has shared his insights in more than thirty countries-including India, Russia, China, and Australia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Poet Gardener Publishing (August 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578063557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578063553
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Timothy R. Milburn on October 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Alright, for those of you who don't have a lot of time, I've got the short and sweet review:

On the cover of the book, Generation iY, there's a quote from Mark Bauerlein that calls this book "a must-read guide for parents, mentors, and teachers..." I wholeheartedly agree. So much so that I'm encouraging my boss to buy 30 copies for our Student Development personnel and everyone on our University Administrative Cabinet. This is more than a book, it's a resource! Buy two copies and give one to a parent, mentor, teacher, or coach.

There you go. If you're still reading, then lets dig a little deeper into Dr. Tim Elmore's latest book.

I'll start by telling you that the beginning of the book, in fact, the premise that Elmore writes this book from...is depressing. It's not good news. Elmore believes this generation, Generation iY (those kids born after 1990) are in trouble - for a variety of reasons.

The first chapters of Generation iY paint a picture of a generation headed for a trainwreck. Elmore describes the wide variety of influences that have resulted in a group of young people who are "overwhelmed, overconnected, overprotected, and overserved."

I've got to be honest, what I like about the book I also struggled with: it starts with such a bleak picture. It's not that I haven't seen some of these tendencies in the students that walk the halls of my University, I just have a little bit of difficulty with the particularly negative generalizations that seem to plague this generation. Perhaps it's because the same thing happened to my generation, Generation X. We were the slackers and the latch key kids. When the books started to come out that told how bad we were, I wanted to do everything I could to prove the sociologists wrong.
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As a business owner (Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator) with 54 team members (32 of them Generation iY) and father of 3 girls, I find Tim's book very timely and extremely relevant. As a former military officer, substitute teacher, college pastor, Chaplain candidate, Chaplain candidate recruiter, and life coach, I speak from experience when I say this is a must read for all parents, military officers, non-commissioned officers, Chaplains, military recruiters, teachers, life coaches, pastors, and employers (especially Chick-fil-A Operators!) that interact with this generation on any level. Additionally, if you are a hiring manager or business owner, I believe this book will help you select great talent. I literally interview hundreds of Gen iY applicants a year and as a result of reading this book, I totally revised my interview questions for iY applicants to help determine their level of "emotional intelligence" and hire only the best applicants. If you are like me and you find yourself swimming in an "iY" pool, and you want to help save their future, then this book will help you better understand how to be intentional and challenging in their lives.
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In Generation iY , Dr. Tim Elmore has written an extremely insightful book about students who have been born since 1990 and their culture. As one who works with this generation on a daily basis, in many different areas, the book has helped me understand those I work with in a new way and how I can best help them become the leaders they can be.

Understanding how Generation iY has grown up and what that means in terms of understanding how they relate to the world is invaluable for everyone who works with students born since 1990. In the book Dr. Elmore not only shows why the age of adolescence seems to be moving back but also demonstrates how the reader can relate to the young person today and what can be done to ensure that every member of Generation iY enters adult life with the best chance possible to be a success.

In addition, Dr. Elmore has done an excellent job in Generation iY in demonstrating how to communicate to the current generation in high school and college. This more than anything in the book has helped me to understand what needs to be done in order to effectively communicate to the iYs so that they hear what they need to know for their future.

The best thing about the book is the sense of urgency that Dr. Elmore puts into every page. It has become clear to me that we cannot wait for Generation iY to enter the workforce to begin to mold them into the leaders they will need to be. We MUST start now; we would be remiss if we miss this opportunity to show this generation what they can accomplish and help them achieve it.

Parents, Teachers, Pastors, College Faculty and staff, managers, business people, anyone who even comes into contact with Generation iY should read this book. If you do, not only will you understand Generation iY better, but you will put the book down ready to pick up your weapon and join the battle for the future of Generation iY.
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Great information and I love that it was proven with lots of studies and research! I found the information to be fascinating and I could see what the author was talking about in the iy generation and especially about the parenting and how they got that way. I'm the oldest Generation Y (just turned 31) and this book totally helped me relate to some of my younger co-workers, I'm a supervisor so to understand them more is really helpful! This book explained so much, I really recommend it!
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