Leadership Hack

Leading the Millennial Tribe

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
123 Pages
Reviewed on 11/22/2016
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Author Biography

After 20 years of progressive leadership within the Canadian Public Service, as an executive and thought leader bringing innovation with an eye on the future, Bruce has turned his attention to training, full-time writing, speaking and business advisory services. Focused attention on his long-term passion for leadership development has led to an ongoing focus on exploring current leadership topics through his leadership blog The Modern Leader.ca.
Bruce holds two masters degrees, along with a professional designation in project management. Bruce calls Ottawa, Ontario Canada home, where he shares his life with his wife Susan, and his two university aged daughters.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe is a non-fiction business, human resources and personnel management book written by Bruce Langevin. Langevin has been in the workforce for twenty-five years, and fifteen of them have been in senior management positions. His focus is on the majority of persons in today's workforce, namely the millennials, who are described as people who were born between the years 1981-2000. They're a different breed of worker than those found in previous generations. He discusses how attitudes towards work, life, authority and the so-called work/life balance have changed over the years, starting with the GI Generation, born between 1901-1926; the Silent Generation, born between 1927-1945; the Baby Boomers, born between 1946-1964; and the Millennials' closest predecessor, Generation X, born 1965-1980. Each generation is informed by its own culture and that of its predecessors. The Millennials are also directly affected by the digital revolution. Their focus is on passion and the direct integration of work and life, rather than a balance of the two. They seek involvement on all levels, honesty and openness on the part of their supervisors, and a feeling that their work has value and meaning, that it will make a difference for the world. Langevin introduces the reader to a variety of methods for adjusting one's management style to work most efficiently with millennials. He concludes each chapter with a summation of main points entitled: Leadership Hack -- Our Call-to-Action. He also includes an extensive set of End Notes with links where available.

Bruce Langevin's non-fiction business/finance book, Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe, is a thought-provoking look at the largest segment of today's workforce. All-too-often millennials are classified according to general stereotypes, such as the often incorrect view that they are unable/unwilling to stay at one job for very long. Langevin counters many of these misconceptions, and he goes a long way towards demystifying the mindsets of this dynamic and passionate generation. As a former manager of a team of young, highly educated workers, I was fascinated by the author's sociological approach to human resources and often found myself wishing I had had access to this text at the time. While he affirmed the value of many of my practices, he also came up with a number of other concepts that would have been of inestimable value for me as a leader/mentor for my staff. Leadership Hack is well-written, and Langevin's conversational style makes it easy to get involved with, and enthusiastic about, his subject. Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe is most highly recommended.

Ruffina Oserio

Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe by Bruce Langevin answers the perennial question: What does it take to successfully and effectively lead people in today’s complex business environment? What does it take to be an effective leader capable of bringing out the best in others, especially in a workplace where employees come from different generations? In this eye-opening and beautifully written book, the author examines leadership in this era, explaining with unusual clarity why and how leadership has evolved over the past twenty years. This book offers a new approach to leadership, one that allows leaders to inspire and lead those under their charge by proactively trying to understand their world views and creating motivation strategies that align with their needs.

One of the chapters that I enjoyed very much is Chapter Three: “Boss Vs Mentor” where the author lays down powerful rules on how to lead. Today, people need leaders and not bosses, they need mentors who are real, who model the right behavior, who really care, and who are always willing to share the burden. Leadership reaches maturity when it ceases to be a command-obey process and becomes a journey made by a team, together.

Bruce Langevin’s book is a ground-breaking tool for those who want to succeed in leadership, those who want to motivate, influence, and bring out the best in others. The book is written with unwonted simplicity, a style that is very accessible and that will undoubtedly appeal to a wide audience. Each chapter has actionable tips and a call to action, designed to help readers translate the message into real life experience. Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe is one of those rare books that will help leaders working with multi-generational employees. Highly recommended. A must-read for leaders.

Stefan Vucak

If readers are expecting a clinical dissertation and philosophies that underpin leadership, motivation, and performance in the modern work environment, Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe will come as a rude and sobering awakening. Bruce Langevin tells readers exactly what his book is about: the Gen Y Millennials, those mysterious and rebellious creatures born between 1981-2000, who are plugged into their smartphones, tablets and social media even when sleeping. It comes as no surprise that tradition-bound employers find these bright, inquisitive, dedicated people difficult to understand and cope with. It is also not surprising that these youngsters find the rigid corporate structure and moribund work practices equally puzzling and frustrating. Consequently, the Millennials do not hesitate to switch jobs instantly when their personal and social goals are not met or complemented in the work environment, which has made many Baby Boomer managers shake their heads and wonder what is going on. In his book, Bruce Langevin has made an admirable attempt to enlighten employers to the thinking patterns and motivations of their Gen Y employees.

Seeing what their fathers have done to the world, the Millennials want to change things, make a difference, and are seeking employment opportunities that will support their life’s goals. They want a workplace where they will be free to achieve set tasks without having their hands held at every step, but will also appreciate positive mentoring. Achievement is important, and focus on deliverables is far more productive than working to a schedule. They want control over what they do, are entrepreneurial in their thinking, and don’t appreciate a traditional, dictatorial boss, which, of course, a workplace cannot always provide. Today’s manager should be interested in the people working for him and seek their input before making a major decision that affects them or their work environment. However, this approach must be tempered with the needs of the organization to avoid inaction, as consensus cannot always be reached.

Millennials don’t feel loyal to a company and are contemptuous of large corporations and their rigid structures. They are focused on themselves, what the workplace can do for them and their social contacts, and do not hesitate to change jobs if these goals are not met by an employer. They may not be loyal to the company, but they are to leaders who motivate, encourage and help them grow. The Millennials are switched into digital technology and expect to find and use that technology in the workplace, or they will seek it elsewhere. Employers who fail to provide a modern work environment will not attract bright, young achievers. Bruce Langevin has managed to provide a fairly concise snapshot of a professional Millennial employee and what drives such a person. Invariably, given that the book is only a snapshot, many social aspects of Gen Y mentality and behavior were not addressed, which does not detract from the valuable insights in this book.

Vernita Naylor

As stated in Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe by Bruce Langevin, while the Baby Boomer generation was one of the largest in history with approximately seventy-five million people, the millennials currently have the largest workforce population, and by the year 2025 will comprise at least 75% of the workforce. Currently, there are at least six generations that exist on earth. Bruce Langevin shows us in Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe that managing millennials can be challenging for some leaders within other generations because the millennials possess different needs and values. At the end of each chapter, Bruce Langevin provides a Call to Action in Leadership Hack that is designed to help the reader take the steps necessary to bridge the gap between the millennial divide.

For me, Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe by Bruce Langevin provided a great perspective of how we all can exist in this world by understanding the important elements within each generation. In my personal life, there are five generations which at times can offer challenges when interacting with each other. Each generation brings a different need to the conversation table, and unless we understand each other we can't move forward. With the economy in its current state, things are changing where elders (aka GINA or Silent Generation) must continue to work. In some cases they may be in a leadership role and required to manage a millennial or be managed by a millennial, but either way, in order to accomplish the goals of the company each must work towards a common goal, establishing effective communication. To gain another perspective on establishing an interpersonal relationship with a millennial, get a copy of Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe by Bruce Langevin.

Kayti Nika Raet

Leadership Hack: Leading the Millennial Tribe is a concise, to the point book by Bruce Langevin. In it he breaks down what motivates Millennials, those born between 1981 and 2000, and drives them to succeed in the workforce. He also showcases how leaders from the previous generation can understand what makes Millennials tick and how best to utilize that for a harmonious and productive work environment. Abandoning the stereotypes that usually infect discussions about Generation Y, Langevin rightfully views them not as vapid teenagers, but as innovative young adults. He acknowledges that today's workplace is vastly different from the previous years, from the reduction of paper waste to the demand for transparency on every level. Langevin manages to break down the wall between generations and offers pragmatic solutions, which at the core is about listening and understanding one's employees.

As someone born in 1989 and very much a Millennial, I have to admit I went into Leadership Hack with quite a bit of skepticism. I've read a few pieces claiming to tackle the minds of our generation, and often walk away feeling frustrated. Langevin does a good job at getting to the heart of the matter, and I found myself agreeing with many of the solutions he puts forth. While I personally am on more of an entrepreneurial route, I think Leadership Hack is a good manual for anyone wishing to utilize what is soon to be the country's largest work force. A company who can implement any of the suggestions put forth by Langevin is bound to grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years.

Keith Williams

Leadership Hack: ;Leading the Millennial Tribe by Bruce langevin re-affirms my belief being from Generation X working with Generation Y and Z, to be a true successful and effective leader in today business environment is to develop and trust in the people we work with and give them the room and freedom to make their own decisions and learn from their mistakes.

This book is a good tool for all the different generation groups, well worth reading.