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The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace

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A Wall Street Journal and Financial Times book of the month

Millennials have become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, and Generation Z workers are right behind them. Leaders and organizations must embrace the new ways of working that appeal to the digital-first generations, while continuing to appeal to Baby Boomers and Generation X, who will likely remain in th
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Published May 7th 2019 by Harper Business
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Tanya L. Perry
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Remix Rocks!

Lindsey Pollak’s new book The Remix absolutely delivers as it provides a swift kick in the butt and serves as a reminder that each generation yields many more positives than negatives. Each chapter is loaded with insightful, thought provoking and often humorous information that will motivate all leaders to take action IF continuous improvement is the goal.

The Remix is an accurate and refreshing reminder of the importance of leveraging the talents, skills and abilities each gene
Karen Ivy
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Remix is not just for leaders in roles that have words like Director, Manager, or any of those C-Suite types! I believe this book is really essential for ANYONE in any type of workplace across the nation. Lindsey launches the reader (at any level, in any industry) into 'idea generation mode' with even its first chapters! She provides insightful facts and statistics (that I actually think will be winning me points with my supervisors) as well as so many wonderful examples of what is working a ...more
Jill E
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just a moment ago, I finished reading "The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace". Thank you, Lindsey, for writing such a deeply researched and incredibly relatable book!

As a human resource and employee benefits professional I was encouraged by Lindsey's message - the "secret sauce", the "remix", is about recognizing what works yet embracing innovation. "The Remix" helps us embrace that change by providing practical solutions on talent, communication, leadership, and
Celeste Stewart
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Remix is a book that should be owned by every CEO, line manager, coach, mentor, HR professional and employee navigating the current world of work. Lindsey's previous books and brilliant TEDTalk was a great build-up to this book. Lindsey starts with essential context about the current world of work. She then takes the reader through the various talent touchpoints from recruitment to training and eventually existing. Each chapter provides useful tips on how to nature employees from the various ...more
Espie Santigo
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Remix is an enlightening, thoughtful, and practical guide for professionals at any level from any industry or generation navigating the workplace today. Pollak clearly defines and demystifies the various generations that make our world a dynamic and challenging place to live and work. As a Gen Xer, I, especially, appreciated reading that Xers are often thought of as the forgotten generation, as I have sometimes felt overshadowed by Boomers and Millennials. I also enjoyed learning about the “ ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lindsey spoke at the company where I work recently and I thought she was an insightful and charismatic speaker. So when I was offered an advanced copy of The Remix, I was super excited to read it.

Just like her prior work, Lindsey has an excellent view of both trends and future state of work and this book couldn't be more timely, both for corporate America and for me. I am in Talent Acquisition and a Gen Xer and I will admit to doing my share of grumbling about the millennial generation. Add to
Meghan Godorov
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I sincerely appreciate Lindsey's approach to this topic. Not only is her voice an educated one on the topic, having truly engaged with individuals outside of her network to learn more about their experiences, she also shares her own insights. Connecting with you, the reader, so that you too reflect on your ability to remix. The fact that it also functions as a guide to her call to action makes this book actionable; a true tool for anyone who wants to be successful in multi-generational, complex ...more
Adunola Adeshola
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book breaks down generational walls and lays out a clear pathway for navigating today’s workspace. While reading, I had so many ah-ha moments, times were I nodded my head, and even times when I chuckled.

As a millennial, I felt Lindsey really grasped the perspectives of millennials and narrated our ideals and desires succinctly. But more than that, she also helped me see other generations in a new light. I gained a more holistic outlook and appreciation for Baby Boomers, Gen Zers and all th
Christina Whitney
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good leaders try to constantly build better, more productive teams. In this book, Lindsey gives insight to our potential recruits, current staff, and ourselves. She even thought of the X’ers (thank you - I typically feel like the middle child!)
As a career services professional, a huge take away is tips on how we can help our recruitment partners make the connections on campus that will work best for them and our students. Mutually beneficial relationships are what we strive for.
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Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Edelweiss+, for the complementary advance review copy!

This was a fantastic non-fiction book. Pollak dives deep into the different generations and how they approach different issues in their life and job. The Remix helped me better understand the various generations, in particular the Millennials. I myself am have always considered myself a GenXer, but after reading this book, I found that Pollak is right: one size does NOT fit all!
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May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another hit by Lindsey Pollak as she yet again shows she has her finger on the pulse of the ever-changing world of work. Lindsey provides original insight, need-to-know info and thoughtful strategies on what it takes to survive and thrive in work. She is the first to shed light on the important concept of the multi-generational workforce which she so wisely coined the Remix. This is a must-read for any entrepreneur, business leader or employee who wants to successfully navigate today's multigene ...more
Laura Youngkin
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ReMix is one of the best books available on intergenerational workplace dynamics, and I truly loved Lindsey's wholistic approach to breaking down barriers, casting off misconceptions, and looking for the benefits of intergenerational talent. She's left no stone unturned. The practical advice for leaders and managers is actionable and realistic. My favorite chapter was 10, The Diversity and Inclusion ReMix: A Widening of the Mind and of the Spirit. Thank you, Lindsey, for this thoughtful manu ...more
Natalie Silverstein
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whether you are a brand new graduate just embarking on a career, or a seasoned executive who is struggling to manage a multi-generational workforce with competing needs and desires, The Remix will provide a roadmap and an education. Lindsey Pollack may not be a sociologist, but her passion for and experience in studying the impact of each generation of American workers on the traditional workplace is invaluable. She astutely observes that the five distinct generations represented in the current ...more
Sean M.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SHE. HAS. DONE. IT. AGAIN! Full stop.

I've been an executive in the career and professional development field for many years, and for much of that time I've turned to Lindsey's remarkable written insights (and humor, and speaking ability) to help me "cut through the noise" and achieve tangible results. Her style is engaging, but professional; thoughtful, but not overly philosophical; relaxed, but exhaustively researched--in other words, her message resonates to everyone. How appropriate!

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Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Lindsey. Her books have served as major reference points for me as a national facilitator and career coach supporting students and early career professionals. The Remix does not disappoint by providing practical tools for leadership and inclusion within the global workplace. With so much conversation on inclusion, The Remix offers a relevant perspective on the role we can all play in building more collaborative environments for all. I highly recommend!! ...more
Mark Presnell
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have had an opportunity to hear Lindsey Pollak speak on several occasions and was so excited to read her new book “The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace”. This book builds on her previous works and provides managers the secret sauce necessary for creating a workplace that integrates the best of every generation. Lindsey begins the book by establishing rules necessary for successful intergenerational collaboration by breaking down generational strengths and disco ...more
Cathie Ericson
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the good fortunate of receiving an advance copy of Lindsey Pollak’s book, “The Remix: How To Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace. If there’s one phrase that will change the way you manage (and, I would add, parent!), it’s this: “What are we doing because ‘it’s always been done that way’ that we need to stop because it no longer works?”

As a Gen Xer, I found myself replaying thoughts I’d had when working with younger generations…I had to come in on weekends to get stuff done
Bobbi Rebell
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was lucky enough to get a sneak peak copy of Lindsey Pollak's latest book. Full disclosure I was already a fan. This one is really hits the mark and will create a lot of cultural buzz- and actually is likely to have a real impact on the way we work.
She gets the reader re-thinking about everything we take for granted at work- which is different depending on what generation you were born into. Examples include the idea of feedback apps - they are a great way to keep multiple generations engaged a
Ashley Feinstein
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for those leading and aspiring to lead in companies! The Remix is an incredibly useful and practical guide for leaders looking to cultivate productive and fulfilled multi-generational teams, as well as those who are navigating the multi-generational workplace on their own. Lindsey is not only a leading expert on the topic, but her book is also full of research and relevant anecdotes that make it an entertaining read as well as easy to put into use! Highly recommend!
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a supervisor/manager, I easily admit to my deficiencies in skills, and over the years, I have faced many challenges when working with people who possess a generational mindset different than my own, especially those younger than myself. 'The Remix' is the first book to not only help me pinpoint these differences, but also to realize that, instead of focusing on how to overcome or bridge these differences, we should embrace and celebrate them to create a different type or remixed workplace. Su ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an advance peek into The Remix — it's an amazing and thought-provoking read from beginning to end! Five different generations frame the backdrop inviting positive expectations on how to approach workplace change. Lindsey's book includes extensive research, expert input, and plenty of real-life examples. This is an absolute "book of knowledge" that all employers should utilize, nurture and embrace.

Caitlin Smith
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book does a great job explaining the five-generation workforce as well as the micro generations (such as the Jones Generation between Baby Boomers and Gen Xers and the Xennials, born between the Gen Xers and Millennials). Although we all have more in common than we probably realize, it helped explain the historical time stamps that do shape attitudes and opinions of the different generations and communication styles. The title reflects the recommendations of the book to remix what we are do ...more
Theresa Jehlik
In very readable prose, Pollak shares strategies or "remixes" for the 5 generations currently in the American workforce (Traditionalist, Baby Boomers, Gen-X, Millennials, and Gen Z). She offers tips, tricks, and real-life examples in the areas of talent, leadership, people management, communication, training & development, mentoring & networking, work space, and culture. Pollak also floats a theory about ending the the relevance of generational constructs in our faster and faster changing societ ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although technically was “required” reading for a work event, I highly recommend this to all working class individuals. The Remix is not only instructional but provides “ah ha” moments that can only advance us all in our careers. “Headphones are the new wall” was a great example to provide a little bit of different context to what my own bias had created. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, found it to be a quick read and know that this book provided me with additional tools to further grow not only ...more
Leisa Collins
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
The first big thing to consider from this book is the fact that we’re working in an era in organizations with the potential to have employees from 5 different generations. I work in one, but had never considered the number! Pollak lays out great statistics and insights about how and why we’re different among generations, and where sticking points might be in the world of work, but she also provides empathetic considerations and solutions. This book is very well done, and something that leaders o ...more
John Anderson
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Boomers
Shelves: business, personaldev
As a boomer, I expected to discount this book when I started it but honestly, I got quite a lot out of it. Specifically, this book showed me that I have been approaching other generations from my own career path which is clearly foolish, If you are a manager of a multidimensional generation workforce that doesn't understand your direct reports, read this book. You may not agree with everything you read but you will be a lot closer to understanding why you are part of the problem. Recommended. ...more
Lisa King
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pollak dives deep into each generation’s unique attributes and workstyle preferences and the need for organizations to maintain and maximize their diverse workforce. She covers topics such as communication, training, mentoring, networking, and even workspace layout. Each example is supported with data and stories that help create a picture of what this evolved work environment could be like—if more companies embraced a remix.
Books I'm Not Reading
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
There are five different generations in the workforce today. While generations share many ideas and values about working, they may manifest themselves in different ways. How can we take what's good and transform what isn't working. Big takeaway is to realize generational shaming is ageism, which is illegal in the work setting ... and not very productive in the long haul. ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: work
There are five different generations in the workforce today. While generations share many ideas and values about working, they may manifest themselves in different ways. How can we take what's good and transform what isn't working. Big takeaway is to realize generational shaming is ageism, which is illegal in the work setting ... and not very productive in the long haul. ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As it is new and timely, the content in this book is great for navigating or managing the current workplace. This book should be read by anyone working in a multi-generational workplace or market. The information in this book may become dated, but it is great and informative for 2020.
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Lindsey Pollak is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the world’s leading career and workplace experts, with a special focus on early career success.

She was named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, which honors 30 global management thinkers whose work is shaping the future of how organizations are managed and led.

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