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- Publisher: Method Press (May 31, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JERVG2G
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,185,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The How-To Guide for Generations at Work: How Americans of Every Age View the Workplace, and How to Work Productively With Every Generation (The Efficient Professional Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This book is aimed at the hands on manager. It hits the target right in the centre.
There is nothing new in the book. Yet it avoids repeating others; rather it takes the theory and gives practical insights, such as the one above, which will help managers to manage effectively. It will also be useful for board members and consultants who may find themselves reaching out to inspire and motivate a new, younger, generation.
At first the book introduces the idea of different generations and their different values and preferences before heading into an analysis of the likely ideas each generation will hold about work. The book deftly avoids stereotyping (which is a major problem with many similar texts) and encourages the reader to understand value as perceived and as measured when applied to the overall aims of the business.
The bold statements “We need to change the conversation, but not without a plan for doings so. We need a new agenda for work.” Are followed by the meatiest part of the book – the principles and tools. The underlying principle of respect for each generation is supported by three great tools (the Technology Rubric, the Workflow Distributor and the Conversation Map). These are simple to apply and really take the guesswork out of deciding how to respond to situations. They would help either new managers who are encountering older subordinates for the first time in their careers or established managers who are suddenly finding themselves confronted by younger subordinates.
The tools are probably better for planning an interaction than for helping to respond to circumstances as they arise. As planning and implementation develop awareness and expertise continued use of these tolls will, without doubt, improve flexibility and agility in interacting across generational (and likely also cultural and/or national) divides.
The final stage of the book takes the form of scenarios to illustrate the application of the tools in quasi real environments. This adds value to the excellent practical tools and should assist in gaining familiarity before attempting their use in one’s own workplace.
Overall this is a quickly read and highly useful book; short on rhetoric and theory with plenty of good practical examples and many nice clear declarative statements. It can’t possibly make matters worse and, for most readers, will definitely make them better.
* Julie Garland McLellan is a professional non-executive director, board and governance consultant and mentor. She is the author of “Dilemmas, Dilemmas: practical case studies for company directors’, “The Director’s Dilemma”, “All Above Board: Great Governance for the Government Sector” and numerous articles on corporate strategy and governance.
The Silent Generation (also known as the GI Generation) Born between 1926-1945
The Baby Boomers - Born between 1946- 1965
GenXers - Born between 1966-1980
Millennials - Born between 1981-2000
I am at the end of the boom and identify my personality and work traits as a cross between Boomers and GenX.
This book helps identify traits I see in other people on a daily basis and answers questions as to “why” certain generations act and respond the way they do. The information is helpful, not exhaustive, but a good identifier of issues with some solutions. There are several example stories that are also helpful putting the information in context in the workplace.
I was at a gathering over the weekend and standing next to a young man, we struck up a conversation when one of his buddies walked by “talking about work?” He asked the young man. “yeh” with the tone of voice dropping, as though he HAD to talk work. Recalling parts in this book, I immediately switch the topic to marijuana, (we live in Washington and it’s a topic that many younger people have a different perspective on than Boomers). His eyes lit up and we had an in-depth conversation about a topic he was passionate about. And I learned a lot on the subject as well.
I didn’t care for the style that the book was written in. At times it’s a challenge to maintain “flow” as it is broken into short paragraphs, big print, dep paragraph indentations, and lots of spacing – which breaks up the flow of thought, making it difficult to read.
The book includes some good tools; Technology Rubic, Conversation Map and Workflow Distributor. Great ideas and additions to help give some practical, daily usage. I wish there was a web link or even an email link that I could get a copy of these tools rather than trying to photocopy a paperback book page (unsuccessfully).
The author could easily dig into the subject further with interviews in the workplace and additional thought leaders to add more content, more practical stories and expand the tools.
All in all, there is some good and helpful information and take-a-ways here for both management and employees in and out of the work environment