You Are Who You Are When
Understanding our Generational Personalities
If you are a baby boomer and you just don't ‘get' Gen Y's; similarly if you are a Gen Y and you look at baby boomers as old fossils, then this book is for you.
Never before have so many generations been in our workplaces. According to the author there are five generations alive today and sadly they interact with each other like alien creatures.
This mis-understanding amongst the generations can lead to elation and even moments of great insight yet when the interactions are not properly understood or wisely handled, generational clashes can occur causing conflict and disharmony in relationships and employee morale.
This handbook outlines those societal influences and sub themes. It is intended as a primer that can easily be read in a short amount of time, giving you a great overview of what makes various people ‘tick'.
Firstly the authors answers the question - what is a generation?
He then expands by looking at:
- Conflict and the matures
- Control and the boomers
- Chaos and the Xers
- Change and the Millennials
- Choice and the Hypers
Some of these terms may even be new to you - but if you are managing a variety of different age groups groups, and they are quietly driving you insane, then this book will help you find:
- Ways to relate (to all the different generations) and what the author calls - Vibrant Provisions
As with all Jeff Vankooten's books, you will have lots of laughs while learning some pretty amazing stuff, and I just had to share with you a quote from the book:
"Life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time, all your weekends, and what do you get in the end of it?...I thing that the life cycle is all backward. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live twenty years in an old-age home. You get kicked out when you're too young. You get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you're young enough to enjoy retirement. You go to college; you party until you're ready for high school; you go to grade school; you become a little kid; you play. You have no responsibilities. You become a little baby; you go back into the womb; you spend your last months floating; and you finish up as a gleam in somebody's eye." - Rabbi Edward Cohn