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Generations, Inc.: From Boomers to Linksters--Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work Paperback – May 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (May 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814415733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814415733
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Read the straightforward and no nonsense book …and put an end to miscommunication and intergenerational conflict at work.”—Blog Business World



“If you buy this book for nothing else -- and there's plenty to love --purchase it for the stories. They crack a window of insight into each generation populating the workplace and the vast difference in thought-processes between generations.” --OfficePro



“…to get [the generations] working well together, you need to take account of their different work habits, attitudes, expectations and hairstyles. Generations, Inc. will be a useful aide in this, with in-depth dissections of each generation…” --Accounting Today



"The book is chock full of...real-life advice, and is an engaging read if you're interested in generational issues. Check it out.”

--Accounting Today



“… brilliant book providing the picture of the historical generations and shaping the ideas about company loyalty, work ethics...” --San Franscio Book Review

Book Description

Members of each generation share special signposts: collective experiences that influence our expectations, actions, and mind-sets. They also mold our ideas about company loyalty, work ethic, and the definition of a job well done. And now that five different generations are working together simultaneously—from Traditionals to Generation Y and beyond—it’s even more important to understand where everyone’s coming from.

Written by two generational experts—who happen to be father and daughter—Generations, Inc. offers the perspectives of people of different eras, eliciting practical insights on wrestling with generational issues in the workplace. The book provides Baby Boomers and Linksters alike with practical techniques for:

Addressing conflicts • Forging alliances with coworkers from other generations • Getting people with disparate values and idiosyncratic styles to work together • Running productive meetings in which all participants find value in each others’ ideas

Generations, Inc. provides realistic strategies for all those managers, executives, and employees seeking to coexist, flourish, and thrive together…at the same time.


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I love to learn about why I am the way I am and how that effects me.
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Amazing details and insights regarding the make-up and development of each generation are shared in this book.
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Knowing "why" has always been important to me, and you've helped a bunch!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robin on August 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Back in 1992, two professors, Straus and Howe, wrote a book called Generations, which laid out, for the first time, the idea that each American generation has specific characteristics and that many if not most of these characteristics are the result of a major common experience. In the case of the WWII generation the "GI" embodied their common outlook. In the case of the "Boomer" generation, it was the experience of being part of a huge baby boom which dominated everything, and grew up in the midst of great change including the Vietnam war. Generations, by Straus and Howe remains an amazing and original book, which predicts changes in American culture based on the past histories of American generations.

Generations Inc, tries to explain the generations to each other, but does it in the most obvious way possible meaning that quotes people, who are identified by first name only telling stories that they believe say something about the differences in generations. There is no research here and very little that could not be gained by getting the family around the dinner table at Thanksgiving. The jargon used comes from Generations, Straus and Howe's book.

The author's implication (by omission) is that these ideas are unique or that they are something that surfaced in the culture by consensus. They aren't and its incredible that such a book would be written using Straus and Howe's terms, without so much as a nod the fact that these ideas began with them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne Darlene Richardson on October 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Recommended for managers in any field. Want to know the best approach for managing an older employee? How about managing a young entry level worker? This book educates about the different generations and the best way to lead them to the highest productivity levels possible while entertaining the reader with quite humorous personal anecdotes. Does a Baby Boomer need the same level of supervision as a Generation Y? Does a Generation X need more or less micromanagement than a Generation Y? Generations, Inc. answers all the difficult questions that todays leaders in industry must face daily in the management of workers from the age of 16 to 80. Informative and funny.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Gaines on June 22, 2010
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I am 2/3 way through your book, and it's already giving me some very helpful insight in understanding my 24 year daughter's mindset. Not only does this help me understand WHY she thinks so differently than I do/did now and when growing up, but some really concrete ways to help her along, since that has been our MO all along as baby boomer parents of a Gen Y young woman. Knowing "why" has always been important to me, and you've helped a bunch! Love your use of people and places we all know so well!!
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I am particularly pleased with the end of the book that provides great ideas for managing conversations when generaltional issues may be the cause. Easy read and with a busy schedule appreciated.
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For the first time in US history, five generations populate the workplace. They range from the eldest "Traditionals" born before 1945 to the youngest "Linksters" born after 1995. Sandwiched in between are "Baby Boomers, Generation X" and "Generation Y." Intergenerational specialists Meagan Johnson (Gen X) and her father Larry Johnson (Boomer) offer point and counterpoint examples from their personal and professional backgrounds as part of their innovative model for managing across the ages. While the research is specific to the United States, getAbstract believes international managers can also absorb some useful ideas from this fascinating book and recommends it to managers and workers who want to bridge the generation gap.
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