- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Writers Of The Round Table Press; 2nd edition (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981454518
- ISBN-13: 978-0981454511
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tonight there was a feature on "60 Minutes" about the Millenial generation in the workforce. The authors compiled a wonderful work which exposes us to many young leaders in our society, and many people who have been working with "Gen Y" so that the restu of us can learn from it!
Do not think twice - BIY this book.... it could help you align with someone in your workplace whom you might not have been interested in working with, AND it could help with better understanding in and outside of a business environment.
Gen Y readers - pick this book up because it could be very helpful for your career.
As a sales effectiveness coach and trainer - these are prominent issues and the more understanding we can get, the better.
1. The "What" of the Y
2. The Entrepreneurial Spirit
3. The Digital Divide
4. Gen Y in the Workplace
5. Media Makes a Difference
The tag line to the title says this book provides "success stories from today's most brilliant Generation Y leaders." But I only saw nine of those. Six were included in Part II and three were included in Part IV. Those interviews were the best part of the book for me. I enjoy about reading success stories of people. And the fact that these young adults were still in their 20's was inspiring.
I was not familiar specifically about the time groupings for the various generations that make up our society today. The book informs us that there are basically four generations:
Traditionalists (Pre 1946 babies)
Baby Boomers (people born between 1946 to 1964)
Generation X (people born between 1965 to 1977)
Generation Y (Post 1977 babies)
I thought the book was well researched. And I thought the opinions of the supposed experts interviewed in parts I, III, and IV were somewhat accurate. However, in my humble opinion I think they all were unfair in describing Generation Y people (Y'ers) as "Generation Me." From what I could gather from reading the book Y'ers are into themselves. They don't like to work for others. And they think in the present rather than the long term. I felt the authors thought Y'ers are somehow different than the three generations that precede them.
I vehemently disagree. All four generations go through life the same way. All four generations do things based on incentives that are available to them. In our world today there are the haves and the havenots. The traditionalists and the baby boomers tend to be the haves. Generation X and Generation Y seem to be on the outside looking in. When the traditionalists and baby boomers went to school they did so with the expectation that there would be a good job waiting for them when they got out. And when they took a job with a company they usually correctly believed that the company would help them monetarily move up in their career and financially. There were incentives in place for those generations to be loyal to their employers.
Those same incentives do not exist today. The traditionalists and baby boomers either are at the top of the economic food chain and don't want to give up their financial status - or they are dutiful employees who just want to hang on to the job they have attained and the economic prosperity they enjoy. There is not enough financial prosperity around today for these people to share with the "new recruits," i.e., the X'ers and Y'ers. So the Y'ers see that the only way to get ahead today is to build their skill sets and become entrepreneurs.
There are three reasons for taking a job regardless of who you are: (1) to make money to support yourself, (2) to start a career where you can move up a ladder as an employee, or (3) to broaden your skill set so you can be a successful entrepreneur. People born before 1964 tend to have been in their 20's and faced a world that encouraged them to take a job for reasons 1 and 2. The world today encourages people in their 20's to take a job for reasons 1 and 3. It's just that simple. Y'ers are no different than the earlier generations. It's the world that has changed. And I felt as thought the advice provided by the experts in parts I and IV did not understand this reality. I got the impression that they thought the Y'ers were supposed to sacrifice so the haves could continue to have dutiful employees that won't job hop. I would have liked the book so much more if the message had been that the have's were going to have to accommodate the Y'ers so the Y'ers could eventually start their own businesses and be successful entrepreneurs. 4 stars!
Indeed, even a renown caricaturist from the Journal de Quebéc recently portrayed a young person from this generation in a visual portrait with his pants partially lowered revealing the Y in the crack of his buttocks. It was a crack, yes, but an undeserved one. According to Bea Fields, Scott Wilder, Jim Bunch & Rob Newbold in their new book, MILLENNIAL LEADERS: Success Stories From Today's Most Brilliant Generation Y Leaders, this new generation holds great talent, perhaps more than any other generation before it. So, you Baby Boomers, sit up and take notice and look beyond the simple visual effects.
The authors, although acknowledging the great gifts this generation has to offer, have successfully interviewed and portrayed some of the most highly talented young people in Generation Y and their amazing achievements. They may be seen as "generation me," have high expectations and want instant gratification, but also are into social responsibility, are creative, rank high on the entrepreneurship ladder and possess many other sparkling qualities. It's high time to forget about the nose ring and look at the heart and souls of these people.
I was thinking that this book would prove to be another one of those hype type books trying to make a few dollars on the run, but I was mistaken. It was an eye opener and a very captivating read. There were many interesting web sites offered and I took a peek at a few of them with great interest. It helped me as a Baby Boomer obtain some amount of insight and a better understanding of this large group of people and an appreciation of my own parenting skills to another very successful Generation Y young man. This book would be of high interest to the parents of this generation and an excellent tool for prospective employers in their quest to understand just what makes Generation Y'ers tick.