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Becoming the Boss
Lindsey Pollak
Business Economics
Self Help
The author of Getting from College to Career reinvents the concept of management for a new generation, offering a fresh and relevant approach to career success that...
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The author of Getting from College to Career reinvents the concept of management for a new generation, offering a fresh and relevant approach to career success that shows Millennials how to make the next step: become a leader.

We are in the midst of a leadership revolution, as power passes from Baby Boomers to Millennials, who are stepping into executive positions in corporations, government, and their own businesses. Becoming the Boss is a brisk, tech‑savvy success manual filled with real-world, actionable tips from an expert. Lindsey Pollak defines what Millennial generation leadership is and draws on original research, her own experience, and interviews with young managers and entrepreneurs to share the secrets of what makes them successful leaders--and shows young professionals how to rise in their own careers. From learning to develop a style that appeals to your older colleagues to managing virtual employees to mastering the rules of social media etiquette, Becoming the Boss helps you identify your next professional move and shows you how to succeed once you get there.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Career consultant Pollak (Getting from College to Career) presents an engaging, smart leadership manual for Generation Y. Acknowledging that some strategies will never change (be ethical, avoid screaming at people), Pollak suggests that millennials will be operating in a different economic, technological, and demographic terrain than Warren Buffett and Jack Welch, and thus need a different road map. Some of her advice concerns being young: for example, how do you respond when your colleague says "you're young enough to be my granddaughter"? She offers tips for navigating the transitions from the old to new way of doing things: business cards are becoming obsolete, but for now they're necessary; learn how to deal with voice mail, even though you might hate it. She also includes welcome guidance for keeping your whole life together, with tips regarding getting enough sleep and starting to save for retirement. Call-out boxes, checklists, and quizzes make the book user-friendly and fun to read. This insightful guide is not just for younger leaders; it would also benefit older employers or employees who want to better understand their younger colleagues. Agent: Michelle Wolfson, Wolfson Literary. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Choice Review

The Millennials--those born from 1982 to 2000 and also known as Generation Y--are coming, and they will change the workplace. This is the argument Pollak, a corporate consultant and recognized expert on Millennial generation career and workplace issues, raises. Drawing on original research, her own experience, and interviews with Gen Y managers and entrepreneurs around the world, Pollak has written a book about Millennials for Millennials. For older readers, the book's first three chapters provide valuable insights into how Millennials operate differently in the workplace; the remaining five chapters provide Gen Y readers advice and tips on improving leadership skills and honing a management style. For example, there is a helpful quiz for discerning a person's time management style. These later chapters are also valuable to older readers trying to understand how best to manage younger workers. The writing is crisp, but the style at times appears to be a series of blog posts strung together. The book is reminiscent of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In (CH, Dec'13, 51-2183), although Pollack focuses on youth in general, not just on women as Sandberg does. Summing Up: Highly recommended, All readership levels. --Jay J. Janney, University of Dayton

Library Journal Review

As we experience changes in demographics, economic dominance, and technology, leaders are going to need new rules to succeed in business and government. The millennial generation, those born between 1982 and 2000, are poised to take on this challenge. Consultant Pollak (Getting from College to Career) promises to share everything she has learned about becoming a boss. In a conversational, encouraging style, she delivers on her promise. Pollak describes the challenges millennial bosses will face, such as working with individuals of different generations, achieving more with fewer people, and supervising virtual employees. Next, readers are introduced to classic and modern leadership texts. The majority of the work focuses on real-life advice new professionals can apply to develop leadership skills and create a professional image. Using examples from her career and interviews with current leaders, the author covers topics such as creating a professional online presence, networking, public speaking, delegating, keeping up with technology trends, selecting mentors, and supervising. Clear writing and helpful lists add to the usability. VERDICT Young professionals are provided the essential steps for becoming a respected, knowledgeable leader. Academic and public libraries serving this population will see demand for this title.-Lydia Olszak, Bosler Memorial Lib., Carlisle, PA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.