Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart  -     By: Haydn Shaw
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Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart

Tyndale House / 2013 / Hardcover

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This is the first time in American history that we have had four different generations working side-by-side in the workplace. In Sticking Points, author Haydn Shaw has identified 12 places where the 4 generations typically come apart in the workplace (and in life as well). In order to function as a team it is vital everyone sticks together around these 12 sticky points otherwise, time will be wasted on fighting each other instead of enjoying a friendly and productive team. This book is a must-read to help people not allow generational differences to define the workplace.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414364717
ISBN-13: 9781414364711

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This is the first time in American history that we have had four different generations working side-by-side in the workplace: the Traditionalists (born before 1945), the Baby Boomers (born 1945-1964), Gen X (born 1965-1980), and the Millennials (born 1981-2001).

Haydn Shaw, popular business speaker and generational expert, has identified 12 places where the 4 generations typically come apart in the workplace (and in life as well). These sticking points revolve around differing attitudes toward managing one’s own time, texting, social media, organizational structure, and of course, clothing preferences. If we don’t learn to work together and stick together around these 12 sticking points, then we’ll be wasting a lot of time fighting each other instead of enjoying a friendly and productive team. Sticking Points is a must-read book that will help you understand the generational differences you encounter while teaching how we can learn to speak one another’s language and get better results together.

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  1. Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sticking Points Explains So Much!
    July 26, 2014
    Janet
    Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Traditionalists. Boomers. Gen Xers. Millenials. If you find the similarities and differences between these generations intriguing, irritating, or both, you will enjoy reading "Sticking Points" by Haydn Shaw. Shaw wrote this book to help the four generations currently in the workplace understand each other better, so that they can work together more effectively, leveraging each other's strengths instead of complaining about traits each finds perplexing in the other. He compares communicating with someone from another generation to speaking a foreign language or adjusting to another culture and explains why with insight and a touch of humor.

    Shaw knows what he's talking about, too. So many times, as I was reading the book, I'd stop to remember a workplace misunderstanding from my past and think, "Well, that explains so much!" I'm sure I'll find this knowledge useful often from here on out.

    In the introductory section of the book, Haydn explains the problem and his particular five-step solution. In Part 1 he defines the four generations and identifies historical occurrences that have influenced them, that, in a sense, have made them who they are (in general, as a generation, not necessarily as individuals). After that, he defines the twelve most problematic generational sticking points and shows how his five-step solution can help leaders in the workplace turn each problem into a workplace strength.

    I read the book through from one cover to the other, but others may find it more practical to read the opening section and Part 1, using the sticking points section as a reference as specific problems arise. If you associate with people of other generations, whether at work, home, church, or any other place, you will appreciate the content of this book.
  2. Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Topic
    July 24, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Sticking Points was an interesting book which explains about the four generations that are in the workplace. I found this book to be very helpful in explaining where I fit in the workplace as well as my other co-workers. Though I get along very well with my co-workers despite the age gaps, I can see why a book like this would be helpful for bosses to read. I really liked how the author explained the viewpoints of each generation as well as why their viewpoints are as they are. He also explains the strengths of each generation and how those strengths can be used in the workplace. Though this was a great book, I was a little disappointed that there was no Scripture to back up what the author was teaching and the book was not written from a Christian perspective.
  3. Bay Area, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the best books ever.
    August 29, 2013
    Kristen Willis
    Bay Area, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For the first time, we have four generations (Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers, and Millenials) working side by side in the workplace. Mr. Shaw details the 12 main "Sticking Points" - the primary places that each generation parts ways and communication (and therefore productivity and peace) breakdown. He uses real stories, examples, concrete solutions, and dialogues to illustrate how to create healthy and long-term change. There is humor and logic, explanation and real-life story after story that allows sense to be made of what are very challenging issues. Personally, I am self employed and have both clients and consultants whom I mentor that are from every generation. My husband is a pastor (which, from a business perspective is essentially leading a non-profit organization) - and the church we started recently is named Generations Church. I could not be reading this at a more appropriate and needed time. :)

    It was both interesting and informative....such a tough balance to achieve. There are a gajillion books on leadership and business out there, but hands down this is one of the best books I've read, in any genre.

    EVERY manager/coach/employee/employer/leader/person-from-any-generation, in any business, of any kind......should read this. Yes. It is that good.
  4. Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Relevant information for today's workforce...
    July 31, 2013
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    SUMMARY:

    Today's workforce contains members of four generations: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials. While working together, there are 12 topics or themes that are "sticking points" or sources of stress and conflict. "Sticking Points" provides an example of the points being illustrated, reveals each generation's unique view point and finally gives suggestions for compromise and resolution.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Sticking Points was an eye opening read not only in the work place but also in everyday life. An excellent understanding is gained of each generation's view point. Much to my own amusement, I found myself nodding in agreement when reading about my own generation. On the flip side, I had several "ah-ha" moments while considering the other three generations. While the book is a little light on providing solutions, the book does provide compromise, understanding, and maybe even harmony to perhaps become possible.

    MY RATING:

    4.5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of "Sticking Points" from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review*
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