Millennials@Work: The 7 Skills Every Twenty-Something (and their Manager) Needs to Overcome Roadblocks and Achieve Greatness
About the Book
Work life is different from anything Millennials have experienced up to this point. Not because it is work, but because authority figures at work may appear very different from those they have encountered in their life so far. It is not an overstatement to say that many young professionals experience a hefty dose of culture shock when they enter the workforce.
The promise of the book is to help Millennials understand the challenges that can stand in the way of success and teach them the skills necessary for achieving greatness at work. Using years of research to back our advice, this book is a helpful tool that will help Millennials identify potential roadblocks in their career so they’ll know exactly what to do when they encounter them.
The Seven Skills
1. Build a Relationship - Take initiative for building a better working relationship with your managers and leaders by changing perceptual position, showing appreciation, matching communication and actively listening.
2. Ask for the Details - Actively seek direction on the work you’re responsible for. Ask who, what, when, where, and how, as well as seek out examples of what good work looks like.
3. See the Big Picture - Increase your organizational awareness by tapping into the experience and expertise of your managers, mentors and peers. Ask why a task or process exists and identify its impact on the organization.
4. Know When to Focus - Balance your ability to do several things at once by concentrating your energy, attention and enthusiasm each important project or outcome. Be aware of distractions when communicating.
5. Go for Feedback - Improve your performance by getting direct, honest feedback from your leaders, mentors and peers. Actively listen and avoid being defensive, then consider your response or next step. See all feedback as an opportunity.
6. Be Accountable - Send the message that you can be counted on by taking ownership of the results you are responsible for. Identify who will be affected by your work, agree on how you will measure success, and avoid making excuses or placing blame.
7. Recognize Your Value - Align your values, abilities and expectations with those of your organization in order to make the right contribution for the right reward. Avoid making assumptions about your value to the organization.
The Workplace Readiness Assessment measures attitudes and opinions in seven key areas. These skill areas have been shown to be important to success at work and reduce conflict between employees, managers and leaders. The score is not a grade, but it shows how Millennials think and feel in comparison with other respondents. The scores are shown as positive, negative or zero. If the score is positive, then the answers were generally higher in value than other Millennials. If the scores were negative, then the answers were generally lower in value. If the score was zero, then the answers matched the average.
About the Author
Chip Espinoza, Ph.D.
Dr. Chip Espinoza is the Co-author of Managing the MIllennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce and Director of the Organizational Psychology program at Concordia University Irvine. Chip is a leading expert on the subject of generational diversity in the workplace. He consults in the civic, corporate, and non-profit sectors. HIs client list features great organizations like The Boeing Company, Microsoft, Schneider Electric and is the go-to person for news agencies on the topic of integrating younger workers into organizations. He is a content expert for CNN On the subject of generational diversity in the workplace. He has also been featured on Fox News, CBS Radio, and in major publications. Chip was named a top 15 Global Thought Leader on the Future of Work by the Economic Times.
About the Project
Our Kickstarter project is to help us accomplish the following goals:
1. Printing and Inventory
2. Book Launch
3. Ongoing Promotion and Publicity