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The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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“A helpful guide to assimilating the Millennial generation into the workplace…they present a compelling case for multigenerational acceptance and provide information for allowing understanding all around.” (—Sacramento Book Review)
“David Stillman and Lynne Lancaster have written a masterful book on ways to bridge the disconnect between the older generations and the brilliant operatives who have moved into the workplace. It’s a great guidebook to the current economic situation and provides smart, real-life solutions.” (—Helen Thomas, White House correspondent, Hearst Newspapers)
“Young people ARE transforming the workforce and overall it’s for the better, as their culture is the new culture of work. Read this thoroughly enjoyable and well-researched book to understand how to make it happen for your organization.” (—Don Tapscott, author of Growing Up Digital and Grown Up Digital)
“If you lead and work with Millennials—and very soon that will be all of us—you must take the time to absorb and enjoy The M-Factor.” (—Jim Kouzes, Dean's Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, and coauthor of the best-seller, The Leadership Challenge.)
“A witty and insightful read that shatters the simplistic and degrading label of the ‘entitled generation’ and offers a new lens that shows the positive attributes of this next generation.” (—Alyson Schafer, parenting expert and author of Honey, I Wrecked the Kids)
“Understanding the Millennials is no longer an option; it’s a business necessity. Whether you hire and manage Millennials or are a Millennial yourself, The M-Factor will shed much-needed light on the workplace’s most promising-and misunderstood-generation.” (—Richard Davis, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp)
“Lancaster and Stillman have a laser-eye on the future of talent. Don’t just pick up this book and read it! Pick it up, study it, identify your generational blind spots, laugh out loud, and put these no-fail concepts to work.” (—Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive)
“Millennials are a rapidly growing part of the nation’s workforce and one day soon will be leading our businesses and nonprofits. This readable, informative, thought-provoking book sets the stage for understanding and working well with these new colleagues. Put The M-Factor on your reading list.” (—David J. Skorton, president, Cornell University)
“The M-Factor teaches readers the most important lesson they’ll need for the workplace of tomorrow: how to turn the Millennials’ great expectations into even greater results.” (—Brian A. Gallagher, president and chief executive officer, United Way Worldwide)
Top Customer Reviews
I am a boomer. From my perspective, the first two thirds of this book was just cheerleading for Millennials. The Millennials are gifted, talented, etc. If you aren't hiring them by the tens of thousands and accommodating their work and life style, you will face imminent doom. I don't quite buy that argument. I tried to look through the prism of a 50+ boomer, an analyst in a relatively conservative industry, a co-owner of a dance studio (focus on 7-17), a yet-to-be discovered playwright and as a parent/uncle to Millennials.
I don't question the research or the results that the authors conducted. Just the presentation of their conclusions. I don't think Millennials will be a tidal wave of extraordinary talent. This exists in each generation.
This book really address the right side of the academic bell curve. First off, eliminate the 20%-30% that will not complete high school. Carve out the large non-assimilated Millennial immigrants. Set aside the Millennial craftsmen who get a job and learn a trade. Slice out the portion that either should not have attended college or attained a degree that lacks relevance. You are now left with a tiny segment of the Millennial population.
From a corporate perspective, you would be a fool not to identify, recruit, and retain high performing Millennials. But you would be just as foolish to mistake wizardry with gadgets as genius or baby-sitting as mentoring.
Obviously, the book is about "The M-factor," which is the seven factors and trends that makes the generation who they are. These are: Parenting (which I don't agree with AT ALL for me, but I can see it for most of generation), Entitlement (Bingo!!!), Looking for Meaning (Absolutely!), Great Expectations (finding success and fulfillment without taking forever), the need for speed, Social Networking, and finally collaboration. Yes, my generation was always taught that, "You can be anything you want to be," and the aspect of teamwork was everywhere from classes to sports. There are a lot of truths in the book and is important to read. I very much enjoyed it and hope that we can all learn from each other.
I work with a lot of 23-30 year olds, and what I see is that a lot more of them are flailing than those described in this book. I definitely agree with the other review that said this book refers to maybe 5-15% of that population, the cream of the college grads.
So interesting, and easy to read, 284 pages long, but not as incisive or intellectual as I would like - perhaps a bit like the Millenials themselves.
I like how it provides advice to all of the generations on how to improve communication and make the work experience better for everyone. What it says to millennials is definitely applicable!
I'm not through with the book yet, so I don't want to give a detailed review, but suffice it to say that I'm recommending it to all of my younger cousins and siblings to read before they get out in the "real world." I don't want them to make some of the same mistakes that I did!
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I highly recommend this book. I approached it with some skepticism since one reviewer felt it was biased toward Gen-M. But I didn't interpret the writing that way at all. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Area Woman
It's a point of view I don't support, but it is informative. I don't believe we need to
adjust the organizational culture to serve some of the narcissistic attitudes... Read more