Managing Generation X: How to Bring Out the Best in Young Talent

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2000 - Business & Economics - 287 pages
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Managing Generation X explains Generation X to its employers. It tunes in to the free-agent mindset that has swept across the entire workforce and serves as the best source of information on a generation that is leaving an indelible mark on the culture of American business. GenXers' willingness to walk away from any unsatisfactory employment relationship launched the staffing crisis that plagues employers today--and has allowed them to become the most entrepreneurial generation in history. Managing Generation X shows employers how to tap this valuable, quirky labor pool. GenXers speak in verbatim interview narratives on almost every page, offering their firsthand experiences as well as concrete advice on how to manage them (and how not to). Through the clear lens of Managing Generation X, we can see the future of work and the workforce of the future.
 

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Contents

Who Are These Xers?
37
Common Misconceptions
57
How Not to Manage Generation X
85
The Quest for Career Security
135
Xers and Corporate Culture
159
Talking to Generation X
205
Giving Them Space and Time
233
Bringing Out the Best in Generation X
251
Conclusion
261
Afterword
269
Acknowledgments
275
Index
279
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Bruce Tulgan is founder and president of RainmakerThinking, Inc., a management training and consulting firm based in New Haven, Connecticut.

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