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Reviving Work Ethic: A Leader's Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce Hardcover – January 5, 2012

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''Too many young people are under the impression that work is a four-letter word; something to be avoided. Chester shows leaders how to get inside their heads--and their hearts--and get them to take pride in their work and perform at their best.'' --Ron Boire, president and CEO, Brookstone

''Eric has distilled his vast experience into a timely and concise book that will be very valuable to anyone who wants to improve the performance of young people in today's workforce. This is a must-read for managers, teachers, and parents.'' --Ted Fowler, president and CEO, Golden Corral

''Nothing beats hard work, and never will. The problem is that it is in short supply. In this wonderful book Eric Chester lays out the path to getting back to basics and unleashing winning behaviors in your workforce. Read it, study it and then DO IT! It will make you a better leader.'' --Chester Elton, coauthor of best-selling The Orange Revolution and The Carrot Principle

''Chester certainly has a handle on driving performance through the emerging workforce. And with the diminishing work ethic being such a pressing concern for leaders, the timeliness of this book couldn't be better.'' --Donald Broman, president, Snap On Industrial

''No one knows the emerging workforce better than Eric Chester. He's spot on when it comes to the challenge leaders face for improving work ethic and restoring pride, and he offers advice that is both practical and solid.'' --Joseph M. DePinto, president and CEO, 7-Eleven

About the Author

Eric Chester is an acclaimed expert in school-to-work transition. He has presented for more than two million youth at 1,500 high schools and colleges and has spoken to hundreds of leading companies and organizations that rely on teens and young adults as their front line workforce. Chester is the author four books, most recently Getting Them to Give a Damn and has coauthored eight others. He's the founder of the Bring Your ''A'' Game to Work youth training and certification program and is the president of Reviving Work Ethic, Inc., a speaking and consulting firm.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (January 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608322424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608322428
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a student in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management degree program at Gwinnett Technical College. This book was an assigned textbook for my Supervision and Leadership in Hospitality class. I have to say that it is the best book that I have ever read for school! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would have gladly read it on my own time. It really speaks to someone of my generation (the millennial generation)about the importance of hard work and ethics. This book provides a great plan for developing these ethics. Great read, I highly recommend it.
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Reviving Work Ethic by Eric Chester provides actionable methods organization leaders can employ to instill within their young workers the strong work ethic foundational to America's market success. He begins by categorizing young workers on a cognizance and compliance scale; later revealing what leaders must do to imbue workers within each quadrant with a strong work ethic. Eric clearly defines this target ethic as being comprised of a positive attitude, reliability, professionalism, initiative, respect, integrity, and gratitude. He closes by highlighting the value proposition of a workforce characterize by a strong work ethic.

I like Reviving Work Ethic because of the actionable insights provided to imbue workers with a strong work ethic. Unique to this writing is the cognizance and compliance matrix that provides an excellent starting point from which leaders can specifically tailor their actions to individual employees. I further appreciate Eric's deliberate definition and influencing actions associated with each aspect of work ethic. His attention to defining work ethic, employee conversation starters, action tips, and work ethic value proposition tables, contribute to the completeness of this book and make it ideal for new and experience leaders alike.

If I had one criticism of Reviving Work Ethic it would be Eric's singular focus on new workers. I believe to varying degrees and for differing reasons workers of all ages and experience levels have a sense of entitlement. Furthermore, I believe workers from all generations can be found in each quadrant of Eric's cognizance-compliance matrix.
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Disclaimer: I received this book from the 12booksgroup.com club to help with the discussion of this book during the month of November 2012 and provide a review in several places, including Facebook, Goodreads.com, Amazon, Twitter, LinkedIn and my web site.

The book "Reviving Work Ethic" has a very good message in how to get people, especially young people, to develop a work ethic which has been a bedrock of America's economic success, i.e, people working hard everyday to earn a good living, take care of their family and elevate themselves. It is a core American value that is taught from childhood.

The author argues that we are losing this core value as he has been observing (based on his extensive research, varied experience and numerous speaking engagements with young people) that we are becoming an entitlement society -- people wanting and expecting things without really working hard for it.

So, how do you fix this?

The book recommends that we need to revive our work ethic which has made American economic success an envy of the world and help build a thriving middle class. It is a simple message, presented in a no nonsense way in a readable form supported by plenty of real world examples.

The book is well organized in that the author first clearly states the problem of lack of work ethic in our society. He cites, according to the Rasmussen poll, that "58% of adults don't think work ethic will pay off, and another 16% weren't sure." He further adds that "adults eighteen to twenty-nine were by far the most pessimistic age group on the topic of work ethic."

Next, he defines work ethic as "knowing what to do and not doing it.
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I got this book to help students in my professional-technical program to better prepare for the workforce. Excellent thoughts that harken back to an age when basic ethics and common Christian values were taught in homes from parents to children. His work helps fill the gap in teaching those values and ethics to people who did not get them from their parents at home. The ideas are timeless. The application of those ideas that challenge of a lifetime.
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A Great book EVERYONE would benefit from reading. As a member of Generation Y, I have to say that I found this book somewhat judgmental. Our generation is not the only one suffering from a lack of work ethic and a sense of entitlement. The same could be said by the previous generations, after all, these values were instilled by THEM to their children. The only reason I give this book four stars is due to the bias towards younger people. I would definitely recommend to friends and buy it for teenagers who are soon to join the workforce.
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