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The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace

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From Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman, the nationally recognized generational experts and authors of When Generations Collide, comes the definitive guide to “Millennials” (those born between 1982 and 2000) in the workplace—what they want, how they think, and how to unlock their talents to your organization’s advantage. If you enjoyed the insights in It’s Okay to Be ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Harper Business (first published 2010)
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Jordan
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a helpful book for understanding the differences between generations in the workplace. It takes issues that different generations have with each other and explains the psychological and developmental reasons behind each. What a Baby Boomer may see as disrespect, for example, may just be a Millenial trying to show enthusiasm and initiative. Well-researched and fair, this book provides advice for all generations on how to relate with others in the workplace. Written in 2010, it is a bit ...more
Knotty
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Technically, I am a "Millennial" since this generation is of those born from 1982 to 2000. (I was born the second day of the beginning of the generation and my brother who is 11 years longer than me is in the same generation). I picked this up at the library on a whim since I thought it would be a good indicator for how others perceive my generation and what I can do better in work environments. Let's face it- technology is a huge factor in today's society. This book implies that because of ...more
Mark Gazica
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This book has some salient points, but it was a bit repetitive and condescending. There are definitely probabilistic generalities to be made about generations of people, but it must be understood that generations are made up of unique individuals. Each person is different from the next and the sweeping generalities of that generation merely represent larger trends, not specific behavior patterns and beliefs.

And millennials aren't as stupid as they are painted to be in this book; they're just
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Andy
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Working with Millennials/GenY can be frustrating. The solutions proposed in The M-Factor involve treating Millennials like recent refugees from a foreign country (my interpretation), i.e. they should not be expected to understand anything about workplace behavior that everyone else finds self-explanatory (confidentiality, punctuality, etc., etc.).

This book has an advantage over similar ones insofar as it gives a voice to Gen Y on every issue, letting us see their side. This is interesting and
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Tom
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book has some good practical advice for improving work for young and old alike. It's also very interesting in a lot of ways. The authors did a good job of documenting and defending their sources, and letting the data and the Millenial's themselves speak.

One thing I particularly liked (as a Minnesotan) was the prevalence of quotes and examples from local schools and businesses. There were a couple good long examples from Thomson Reuters, for example, as well as Winona State, St Cloud State,
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Charmin
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: millennials
Highlights:
1. Be honest of success and failures. Clear expectations. Typical day.

2. Meaning is higher value than title or salary.

3. Tie personal work back to the bigger picture/ vision

4. Low-risk opportunities to showcase skills

5. Meaning by contributing

6. Help them develop

7. Group goal and individual progress

8. Catch small mistakes for easy correction. Block big failure.

9. Bootcamp of how to communicate in the culture. Professional etiquette.

10. Describe what and explain why. Specific
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Shaun
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed how this book started and I think it gave some sound advice about how to work with the Millennial Generation. I found it worthwhile and interesting. I'm in Generation X and we are considered more independent, where Millennials like to collaborate. The bottom line is we all have to learn to work and communicate with the people we work with no matter which generation they were born in. If we are patient and communicate expectations clearly, we will understand each other and be ...more
Emily
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I heard about this book at a workshop and picked it up on a whim, even though I'm not a huge reader on generational theory. I was duly impressed with the writing style and liked how the authors wove together anecdotal evidence with some of the research. They also incorporated tips and suggestions for how others have maximized engagement of millenials as a learning tool, as a way to increase employee retention, and as a way to facilitate succession planning.
Allie Weiskopf
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
This book unlocks 7 factors to dealing with Millennials (born between 1982 and 2000) in the workplace: 1) Over attached parents, 2) entitlement, 3) need for meaning, 4) high expectations, 5) need for speed, 6) social networking, and 7) collaboration. The book examines the workplace in terms of thinking for Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials in an effort to show (through examples) how companies can achieve success across generations.
Julia
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing to read about my daughter's generation and that reaching the workforce now. For instance -- they bring their parents "to work" -- you get the whole family when you hire one from this generation, and I think this is true, to a great extent. Interesting . . . along with several other traits that are more obvious like expecting fast results and being very technically saavy and expecting social networking in the workplace
Stacy
This may be the defining book about working with the Millenial generation (born between 1982 and 2000). As usual, the case studies and situations are meaningful and engaging. My only problem is that the main title is too generic. M could represent Marriage, Management, or a plethora of things. Only those familiar with the authors or able to see the subtitle would know that this book is about Millennials.
Emily
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading about the perceptions of previous generations on mine, the Millennials, in the workplace. However, the suggestions and insights from this book would better serve someone older who may be responsible for relationships, communication, and training with an organization.
Briana
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read - I read this for work but would suggest it for those looking for a non-fiction read. Well presented information on this generation in a variety of work places and fields. I'm in management and am a part of this generation this was written about.
Christine Bensen
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As a Gen X manager, this book is as good as going to therapy. It does a great job of identifying generational differences and the reasons behind them, which makes it a lot easier for everyone to just get along.
Keisha R
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had to give it up after the first 3 chapters. I felt that it was speaking to an older crowd rather than to a Millenial like myself. It would be a great book forsomeone wanting to understand the generation ...more
Erin Glaberson
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
It's more of a book for other generations to understand how to manage millennials. I was hoping it'd be a book about millennials for millennials. They do give good ways to fix problems other generations have when managing Millennials.
Denise
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-hr-business
Great read as an HRM. Great generational differences book. Opened my eyes to how I approach on-boarding and employee interactions.
Dr. Chad Newton, PhD-HRD
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: human-resources
A great exploration of the misconceptions toward Gen Y and Millennial workers in the knowledge economy!
Sara E.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Probably useful for some, but I dislike the idea of putting everybody born in a time range into one catchy generation folder. Life is more complex than that.
Hugh Springer
Started the audiobook during the daily commute.
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