The Millennial Myth: Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs Paperback – April 17, 2017
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—Art Papas, CEO, Bullhorn
“The behaviors that result from our perceptions are real—even if our perceptions are incorrect. Crystal is clear in her eye-opening and clarifying concepts that lead to mutual understanding. The new generation entering the workforce at an accelerated pace are messengers from the future. Their presence shines a light on the way the world is becoming. To mislabel or ignore them would be detrimental to all the generations in the workforce. Crystal shows how Millennial behavior is modern behavior and will be a guide for many generations to come. You will love this book!”
—Mick Ukleja, PhD, President, LeadershipTraQ, professor, and coauthor of Managing the Millennials
“When popular philosophy falls behind technological and economic advances, social institutions are at risk of failing to provide opportunity for their members—it is called structural lag. Crystal masterfully describes the effect of structural lag on Millennials and how organizations can create opportunity for an emerging workforce to have a positive influence.”
—Chip Espinoza, PhD, coauthor of Managing the Millennials, Millennials@Work, and Millennials Who Manage
“As cofounders of Culture of Good, Inc., which inspires more than three thousand Millennial employees to do meaningful work, we found The Millennial Myth to be spot on. Not only has Crystal helped dispel myths that simply hold little truth about the next generation of leader, but she has also provided in extensive detail the way forward for those leading them. This book is a must-read for those who expect to have success in leading the next generation of employees.”
—Scott Moorehead and Ryan McCarty, cofounders of Culture of Good, Inc., and coauthors of Build a Culture of Good
About the Author
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1626569568
- ISBN-13 : 978-1626569560
- Product Dimensions : 6.06 x 0.47 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1st Edition (April 17, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you want to manage Millennials for great performance, retain the most talented Millennials in your organization, build effective cross-generational communication and productivity, then this book is for you.
There are lots of books that explain how the previous generations did things better. Crystal Kadakia does a wonderful job of explaining the value and the limitations of the cultural norms of Millennials, especially when they bump up agains the value and limitations of the norms of the Baby Boomers and Xers.
My favorite metaphor from the book: comparing the Millennial work approach to Agile software development - short work cycles, quick and consistent feedback, rapid learning and improvement. Anyone who knows about Agile knows it was a revolutionary departure from established, slower, less effective practices and there was more than a little resistance. But talk to any software company today and they will all tell you they are running Agile. I suspect after reading Millennial Myth a whole lot more managers will see there is similar value in the new (and sometimes uncomfortable) norms Millennials are bringing to their workplace.
Thank you Ms. Kadakia for the many revelations!
Something that hooked me early in the book was when Crystal applied a few millennial stereotypes to another subgroup. For example, "All women are lazy and entitled." Statements like that would never be acceptable, but stereotypes like these have been present and vocalized in the workplace for millennials as well as other generations.
I consider myself a high potential millennial. I worked for a major consulting firm where I successfully consulted to over 20 public companies in less than a year. Although considered one of the best companies in the industry, I was clear in what would retain me but my employer was too prehistoric to meet my needs. As a result, they lost a great employee and never fully harnessed my potential.
I've met a lot of people that would benefit greatly by reading this book and/or seeing Crystal speak. I would recommend parents of millennials to read this book, especially if their children are in college, or early in their careers.
In Summary: If you're a Millennial or Gen Z, I'd recommend this book to help you be more equipped to handle stereotypes more professionally when communicating to discriminatory people. If you're from one of the elder generations, I'd recommend this book so you can see modern talent more clearly. This book is not just about Millennials, it's about all generations because everyone has been affected by digital technology and it's this digital technology that's driving the future!
Top reviews from other countries
This is a good book to start thinking about what your company or you as an individual are doing to engage, attract and retain future talent in regards to the changes in demographics.
This is NOT a scientific book but it may serve you as a starting point for research. I have no interest in reading scientific books about this topic. I prefer books from real life people ( aka people who are working and not lost in academia ). The author did a fantastic job with examples and links / tips for additional material to read. A good read and definitely a topic which will continue to become of more importance within the next five years. I recommend it!