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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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“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.”
“… brilliant book providing the picture of the historical generations and shaping the ideas about company loyalty, work ethics...” --San Franscio Book Review
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
In Generations, Inc. Meagan & Larry Johnson give us the "Playground Rules" and help us understand the "signposts" that created them. If you work in a multi-genrational workplace this is a must read! While the book is geared toward managing people of different generations, I found it very helpful to me in working with customers and clients in my real estate sales business. It gave me insights and ideas on how to better relate to their generational needs. By building that relationship and trust, as well as understanding those needs, I've been able to close more transactions!
The book deals with each generation separately - it gives the "signpost" or event that triggered the group (most often based on major fluctuations in birthrate), then follows up with motivators and tips for managing and working with that generation. I especially liked the insightful and thorough ideas for dealing with generational management - young managing old vs old managing young. For example the older Baby Boomer prefers to work as a team while Gen-xers grew up learning to take care of themselves and are more independent.
Amazing details and insights regarding the make-up and development of each generation are shared in this book. It's a must read for all - not just a management guide!
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A nice look at generational differences and how they affect the work place.Published 18 months ago by Scott
Another great research based book on the multigenerational workforce.Published on August 14, 2014 by Gayle Kearns
I placed this on my coffee tabel and got more remorks about it over the sports illistrated swimsuit issue that was next to it. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Machinehead
Limited insights and just too many US-focused examples or life-style comments. Superficial, generic and I wouldn't recommend to invest your valuable time in reading this book.Published on November 5, 2010 by Paul VG