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New book explores hot topic of workplace, work-life attitudes of millennials


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New book explores hot topic of workplace, work-life attitudes of millennials

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, March 3, 2014 — The first wave of millennials has come of age during extremely difficult economic conditions, providing this young generation with a harsh introduction into the world of work. A new business-oriented book from the American Bar Association explores this transition and examines how their perspectives differ from previous generations.

“You Raised Us — Now Work with Us: Millennials, Career Success and Building Strong Workplace Teams” lays out a comprehensive and nuanced view of a generation that is entering into the workplace in large numbers, even as their generational reputation has been established for years. Author Lauren Stiller Rikleen separates myths from the realities, bringing unique insights to this hot topic. For years, she has extensively researched millennials while serving in her roles as president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and as the executive-in-residence at the Boston College Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management.  Her work includes a detailed survey that offers unprecedented data gathered from millennials during the height of the past economic crisis.

“You Raised Us — Now Work with Us” provides a blueprint for a better understanding of millennials as they move through the workplace and is a valuable resource for all generations. The book offers insight and strategies for corporate executives, human resource specialists and managers. It also helps millennials navigate the complexities of today’s work environment and provides tools to help them develop their skills as future leaders. The book helps all generations develop stronger relationships with each other and promotes organizational excellence.

“You Raised Us — Now Work with Us” is the first business trade book from the American Bar Association. It serves as a ground-breaking resource that:

  • Analyzes and builds upon extensive research, including the author’s own survey, to provide sophisticated insights and rebut stereotypes about how millennials view work as they begin their careers in the midst of an economic crisis.
  • Helps boomers and Gen Xers respond to the opportunities that millennials bring to the workplace by offering practical recommendations for effective leadership and talent development.
  • Identifies opportunities available for all generations to make needed changes in the workplace that will benefit everyone.

The author, a noted speaker and consultant, has written two previous books relating to women’s leadership and advancement. She has written for or been interviewed by numerous publications and media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times and MSNBC. She contributes frequently to the Harvard Business Review Blog Network.

Title:                “You Raised Us — Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success and Building Strong Workplace Teams”
Publisher:        ABA Publishing
Pages:             267
Product Code: 1620615
ISBN:               978-1-62722-585-4
Size:                6 x 9, hardcover
Price:               $24.95
Orders:            800-285-2221

What others are saying about “You Raised Us — Now Work with Us”

“There is a long tradition of the older generation misunderstanding and denigrating the younger generation, but it need not always be so. Lauren Rikleen presents a healthy alternative to this pattern in her wise and informative book. … This book provides a road map toward a workplace that is not only more productive but more harmonious and humane." — Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Clark University, co-author (with Elizabeth Fishel) of “When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?”

“Generational differences are just one of many factors causing uncertainty and strife in the unchartered waters of the digital economy, but they don’t have to be. Lauren Rikleen does a brilliant job of outlining the nuances behind many of the stereotypes that befall boomers, Gen Xers and millennials — particularly critical as more millennials enter the workforce at the same time boomers are delaying their retirements. Her book paves the way for workers of all ages to not just tolerate generational differences, but thrive by embracing the best of them. Backed by data and powerful anecdotes, Rikleen has written the manual we need to redefine team effectiveness and workplace success for the new millennium.” — Jenny Blake, author of “Life After College”

“If you look at the organizational pyramid of many of today’s companies and apply a generational label to each typical level in the hierarchy, you will generally find boomers in top management, Gen Xers in middle management and millennials in lower management. It is in the latter group where a majority of day-to-day client contact occurs. … These groups do not think alike. As a leader, it is critical to understand how they are not alike and to harness that knowledge for the greater good of the enterprise, as well as for each member of these groups. That understanding can clearly be found in Lauren Rikleen’s book. It is a must read for those making major decisions for their companies. —Ron Logue, former CEO, State Street Corp. 

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies are available by sending an email to Neal Cox at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Neal Cox c/o ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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