Debut authors Eliassi and Thompson’s work combines their experience to produce a guide for millennials hoping to become managers and managers hoping to lead millennials.
Eliassi, a millennial, struggled to master management skills. He teamed up with Thompson, an experienced manager and executive, through SCORE, a mentorship program, and used Thompson’s articles and teachings as the basis for this book. The guide outlines step-by-step plans for implementing change, developing leadership traits, creating vision-building tools like mission statements, and using time-management tips. Eliassi, who narrates the book, segues into strategic and tactical plans and ways to craft and use them. Next, he discusses effective communication with an emphasis on intercompany messages. He then moves onto team building, dedicating several chapters to identifying critical positions to fill both now and in the future, recruiting and hiring the right people for those positions, and training and coaching them successfully. He wraps up with a quick summary, touching on the top 10 lessons from the introduction and previous chapters. Because Eliassi is a millennial and Thompson is a baby boomer, they bring not only their differing perspectives, but also well-considered suggestions for working with one another. For example, Eliassi points out that millennials have different priorities from Gen Xers or baby boomers, preferring a healthy work-life balance to a higher salary and looking for positions that offer fast-track advancement and that allow them to make a difference. The more generalized management and HR advice they offer is perfectly sound, if not very revolutionary.
A solid handbook with basic tips and ideas for aspiring managers, particularly those who are millennials or expect to manage them.