Today's world of work is not the same as your father's was. Thank God! Penelope Trunk, columnist for the Boston Globe and Yahoo Finance in addition to her own Website has written a spot on, insightful book titled Brazen Careerist. Penelope hopes to provide a roadmap for Gen X and Y'ers to follow in pursuit of their own life's work. Drawing on real world experience, she stories upon such topics as:
- Grad School
- Office Politics
- Sex Discrimination
- The New American Dream
Penelope's work has been referred to as the modern day version of What Color is Your Parachute? While the Brazen Careerist is a manifesto and rallying wake-up cry for Gen X and Y'ers, I find that it talks frankly and honestly to a whole other generation of folks. Mine. The Boomers.
As a Boomer manager, I feel as if Brazen Careerist is my own personal undercover spy, infiltrating the Gen X and Y'ers' world. Of course for me, there isn't a trace of spying or undercover that goes into dealing with folks from these generations. It is all about collaboration. And if one wishes to collaborate, they must understand the other collaboratoree. Brazen Careerist introduces us, stays in the conversation and provides that much needed understanding.
For Boomers who do not recognize the workplace change today, there is no help. But for those of us who relish in the new environment and who cherish the spirit and attitude of those who will one day be placing us in nursing homes*, I find the Brazen Careerist positively fascinating!!
*Our Gen Y daughter has for sometime reminded us of her role in this potential eventuality, helping to explain why we should see and support her point of view...or perhaps our nursing home will not have all of the amenities that we would expect. She tried to explain the concept of an outhouse...