Below you’ll find a sample of some of my top recommended resources for leading and succeeding in the multigenerational workplace, including books on leadership, business, generational differences, and the future of work. You’ll also find organizations, podcasts, and apps to support your success.
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The Multigenerational Workplace
The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace by Lindsey Pollak (2019)
Now available for pre-order!
I couldn’t be more excited to share my new book with you. The Remix contains all of my latest research and advice on how to lead a team and manage your own career in today’s unprcedented five-generation workplace.
Gen Z @ Work: How the Next Generation is Transforming the Workplace by David Stillman and Jonah Stillman (2017)
Millennials are no longer the new kids in town. Generation Z (born approximately 1997 and later) is now entering the workplace and making their mark. This generation is the most racially and ethnically diverse in American history and, it almost goes without saying, remarkably tech savvy. David Stillman and his Gen Z son Jonah unpack this new cohort in this helpful guide.
Research & Stats
There is no organization I rely on more than Pew for data on issues, attitudes and trends related to the multigenerational workplace and many other essential topics. I like the weekly summary newsletter that provides a roundup of all new Pew Research Center content, and I am obsessed with Pew’s extensive report, “How Millennials Today Compare With Their Grandparents 50 Years Ago.”
Another essential in my daily routine is reading the YPulse newsletter, a one-stop source for strategic insight, trends and data on tweens, teens and Millennials that covers entertainment, technology, the workplace and much more. Even better, YPulse augments its cross-functional team of marketers, researchers and technologists by going straight to the source with a community of two million millennials who participate in online research panels and mobile social Q&A surveys.
Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders by Lindsey Pollak (2014)
Written to address the unique needs of Gen Y readers, I wrote Becoming the Boss by drawing on original research, my own extensive experience and interviews with newly minted Gen Y managers and entrepreneurs around the world who share the secrets of what makes them successful leaders—and shows young professionals how to use that knowledge to rise in their own careers. You’ll find this book to be a tech-savvy success manual filled with real-world, actionable tips.
Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock (2015)
“We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” That’s the premise of Bock’s book that explores how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, based on his epic run leading people operations for Google.
The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins (2013)
One of my favorite takeaways from The First 90 Days that I use constantly is the notion of a “style conversation,” where you initiate a discussion at the beginning of any new work relationships to find out the best way to communicate with a new boss, client or colleague. It’s just one of many effective strategies you’ll find in the book on how to manage crucial transitions.
The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (1982)
When I reached out to dozens of colleagues to ask what their favorite business book was, The One Minute Manager received the most mentions. Consider this super-short book a “management for dummies” that’s really very smart.
I had the pleasure of meeting London Business School professor Dan Cable at an event where we both spoke. He is a master of combining fabulous anecdotes and scientific proof to teach people how to find true happiness and fulfillment at work.
Career and Life Success
I was a freshman in high school in 1989, and I remember how insanely popular The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was when it launched. It’s probably the book I’ve seen on successful business people’s bookshelves more than any other and the book I recommend most to others. Genuinely life changing
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (2014)
My word of 2017 was “essential,” and that is at the heart of this book which explores how and why to do “the right thing, in the right way, at the right time,” rather than merely doing less or doing more in less time. You’ll learn how to apply the discipline as a way of life and a mindset.
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam (2011)
You will think about your busy life a whole lot differently when you consider that we all have the same 168 hours in the week. Vanderkam talks to a wide range of busy, happy people who would appear to have it all—jobs, hobbies, families as well as plenty of sleep—and shares how we all can make time for the important stuff.
Building a Speaking Business
by Elaine Pofeldt
According to the US Census Bureau, there are more one-person, million-dollar enterprises today than ever before — 33% more than in 2011. This book shares the story of many of these successful enterprises and shares helpful advice for those who want to join this enticing club.
by Jane Atkinson
Jane Atkinson is the authority on every aspect of building and running a profitable speaking business. I recommend this book to aspiring speakers more than any other.
Yep, I sweat when I’m speaking. Sometimes a lot. These little adhesive underarm shields, which come in nude and black, have changed my life…and the longevity of my blazers.
Call me old fashioned, but I love a good, thick letterpress business card. I am often asked where I get mine printed, and I’m happy to recommend The Mandate Press.
If you’re going to have nice business cards, you want a nice place to put them. I love my hot pink business card holder from Mark & Graham. It’s lasted me for years and is easy to find in my tote bag. If you don’t like pink, you have 11 other colors to choose from. Note that my card holder–along with anything else monogrammable I own–is not monogrammed, because I do not have a middle name, which is something I resent that my parents did to me, which I have written about here.
To know me is to know how much I love the Pocket app. I’m constantly finding articles all over the web, and Pocket allows me to save the articles to read later. Even better, the Recommendation feature adds more great content to my list.
A lot of people ask me how I have time to read a lot of business books, and the answer is I don’t always read entire books. The Blinkist app offers nonfiction books (in categories ranging from productivity to personal development to parenting) distilled to 15 minutes of reading or listening time.
Have a book, podcast, app or other resource to recommend? Please tweet it to me @lindseypollak!