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ReGenerations: Why Connecting Generations Matters (And How To Do It) Paperback – April 14, 2015
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As a busy professional, I’m sometimes irritated by the “practical” books that are 60-70% longer than their content justifies. The author has 3-4 paragraphs of things worth saying, a publisher made him stretch them into a 15-page chapter, and I, the reader, have to sort through the fluff as a result.
Not so here. Jessica Stollings grabs the key information from social science and her own experience bridging generational divides, and fuses it together into a fast-paced, eminently practical book that works perfectly as both a primer and a reference.
The book spends some of its early chapters covering the basics on each generation—some defining historical moments and habituating influences and values, and some other insights. It’s almost like reading a personality preferences profile of an entire generation, in terms of the insights if can give you if you read it with an eye to understanding and compensating for those preferences.
But as one gets deeper into the book, Jessica doesn’t let you stop with generalizations—and certainly not stereotypes. The goal isn’t to put people in boxes; it’s to get the most out of disparate groups that too often experience friction with one another. So some of the most important parts of the book are about self-examination in light of generational contexts.
It’s all very well to be frustrated with the seemingly inexplicable idiosyncrasies of younger (or older) people. But this book gives you the tools to do something more useful—and maybe world-changing.