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We're in This Boat Together: Leadership Succession Between the Generations [Paperback]

By Camille F. Bishop (Author)
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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 11, 2008
Publisher   Authentic
ISBN  1934068373  
EAN  9781934068373  


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George, Brad, Brianna, and Nate are connected by their jobs; the four of them make up the IT department at Handover Corporation.They also represent four distinct generations the Silent Generation (19251942), Boomers (19431960), GenXers (19611981) and Millennials (19822002). They all have their own specialty and when the day is done they go their separate waysthat is, until the company sends them on a whitewater rafting trip to encourage team building.Surviving the rapids, they return to work to discover that their CEO is stepping down, sending the company into a tumultuous transition. Theyrely on the skills they have just learned in order to survive and remain in the boat together.This work of business fiction is written to help leaders of all types of organizations, as they deal with leadership succession between thegenerations. As the workplace continues to grow in diversity, with four generations firmly represented, evidence is growing that thereare differences between the generations related to leadership values and behavior. Those dissimilarities create turbulence like that found inwhitewater rapids. But there is a safe way to navigate through them. Regardless of the leadership transition you are facing, this book willequip you with practical skills to navigate it more successfully.

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George, Brad, Brianna and Nate are connected by their jobs; the four of them make up the IT department at Handover Corporation. They also represent four distinct generations: the Silent Generation (1925 1942), Boomers (1943 1960), GenXers (1961 1981) and Millennials (1982 2002). They all have their own specialty and when the day is done they go their separate ways that is, until the company sends them on a white-water rafting trip to encourage team building. Surviving the rapids, they return to work to discover that their CEO is stepping down, sending the company into a tumultuous transition. They rely on the skills they have just learned in order to survive and remain in the boat together.This work of business fiction is written to help leaders of all types of organizations, as they deal with leadership succession between the generations. As the workplace continues to grow in diversity, with four generations firmly represented, evidence is growing that there are differences between the generations related to leadership values and behavior. Those dissimilarities create turbulence like that found in white-water rapids. But there is a safe way to navigate through them. Regardless of the leadership transition you are facing, this book will equip you with practical skills to navigate it more successfully.

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More About Camille F. Bishop

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Camille Bishop has been involved in education for thirty years. Since 1988, she has been on the faculty of the University of the Nations, a non-profit educational institution with a global network of locations. Currently, she teaches in a variety of courses with the University of the Nations, focusing on educational leadership, community development, multicultural education and leadership transition. She resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Disappointing book, doesn't offer much help  Dec 2, 2009
I approached this book with real anticipation because I thought it was about organizational leadership transitions, especially in ministries--a topic I have a lot of interest in. But I was disappointed. The first problem was that much of the dialogue in the fictional boat ride around which the book is centered seemed contrived and artificial. More importantly, most of the book presented yet another re-hash of the supposed characteristics of the different generational groups like baby boomers, Gen-Xers, etc. Bishop fully accepted the typical stereotypes about this generational groupings, with hardly an acknowledgement that you can find individuals in every generation across the full spectrum of personality types and leadership styles. Birth order alone makes a huge difference in leadership styles in every generation. So Bishop's uncritical acceptance of these now rather tired and stale stereotypes left me wishing for more substance. Then unfortunately, she spent very little time on leadership transitions in ministries. George Verwer originally recommended the book to me (long before it came out) around the time Bishop interviewed him as she was writing the book. She says in the book she interviewed other ministry leaders as well. But she gives very few substantial insights on leadership transitions in the whole of this 203-page book. I received much more help from a one-hour personal conversation with Verwer on the topic. So I was left wondering why Bishop didn't provide more help on this topic that has so many leaders searching for answers. This could have been the go-to book on leadership transitions, especially for Christian organizations. As I search for my successor as president of the International Institute for Christian Studies, I will also have to continue my search for a good book on leadership transitions.
 
Team work across the generations  Jun 16, 2009
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (6/09)

"We're in this Boat Together" presents a fictionalized account about four individuals who work together in a company that is experiencing a change in leadership. Each individual represents someone from one of each of the four generations who might still be employed in the workforce: the Silent Generation (1925-1942), the Boomers (1943-1960), GenX (1961-1981) and the Millennials (1982-2002).

Coming from different generational backgrounds, these four people have developed their own styles of working. When they are sent on a river-rafting trip to learn about team building, each one has a different experience based upon which generation they are from.

To successfully pass through the rapids, they have to work together and use each of their strengths to overcome areas where others are weak. This trip unites them.

Upon returning to work, the team discovers that there will be a change in management. Suspecting that the company will be downsized, they have to work together once again to devise a plan that will save their jobs. This isn't easy because they have to learn how to work with the special characteristics inherent in each one's generational style.

This story sets a perfect example that demonstrates the ideas that the author is putting across to the reader. By setting the story in an emotionally charged atmosphere, it really captured my attention. I was able to gain a better understanding of the author's points versus if I had just read the information in a textbook format.

"We're in this Boat Together" is critical to people who are working in companies that are dealing with changes in management, especially if the employees are at risk of being downsized. In addition to being vital to both private and non-profit companies, I also felt that this information would also apply to the educational system, especially since it is being hit hard by the current recession.

As a faculty member of a California Community College, I found the knowledge that I gained while reading this to be tremendously helpful in dealing with both my colleagues and my students. By obtaining knowledge about work ethics and ideas from each generation, I am able to gain a better understanding of my colleagues, especially as we are currently faced with having to deal with potential layoffs. The timing for me to read this book was absolutely perfect. On an interesting note, after learning about the characteristics of each generation, I was also able to learn more about my students. By gaining this knowledge, I will be able to be more an effective teacher to them.

I highly recommend "We're in this Boat Together" by Camille F. Bishop, PhD. I cannot imagine anyone who would not find it beneficial or interesting to their professional lives.
 
Not Just for the Corporate World  Jun 4, 2009
I've been recommending this book to women who volunteer with the ministry I work with and mentor groups of younger women. There is so much insight into why the different groups think the way they do. Understanding is a great step in working together well.

I loved the novel idea. It made it an attention keeper, a memory tool and an easy read even for a busy mom.
 
A good attempt at merging fiction and management  Mar 18, 2009
This book is a 2-in-1, a business novel and a dissertation about the Leadership Succession Between Generations or the Generation Gap and its effects on leadership. The experiment with the format is laudable but the result is a little unsettling. Read on for my perspective.

When the request for review came, I asked for and got a peek into the first few pages of the book ending with the prologue. I skipped the preface etc. and read the prologue and was thrilled. Here is a book on management with a good focus on leadership transition between the generations written like a business novel and the prologue was good in style! I accepted the review request and got the printed book.

The book is printed well, the paper quality is good, the type is clear and the readability is good. As already mentioned, the starting is good, rather racy in fact!

The book is about the team building exercise through a river rafting expedition, an exercise to which a team of four from the IT Department of a mid-size company was sent by the management. The team starts as four independent individuals wondering why they were sent for this and ending up as a well knit team at the end of the expedition, in which they were subjected to challenges that test their willingness and ability to work as a team in a crunch situation. The team finds a real life parallel in the office when leadership transition takes place. The concept is good and the parallel of the river with its rapids is highly apt to life in general and change management in particular. Thus the author is to be commended for taking up a worthwhile topic in change management.

Leadership transitions are brought on by several factors and the leadership transition brought on by generation gap is an important element. There are other factors of course that affect leadership styles.

The book adopts a rather novel approach. The text keeps alternating between the smooth flow of a novel and the not-so-smooth flow of a good dissertation about the effects of generation on leadership. The smooth flow of the novel like presentation is interrupted by the highly academic dissertation on the leadership styles of the different generations. Much as the author tried to present that part in a simple and readable style, the transition is too abrupt. This continued through out the book.

Having read and enjoyed management books written in the novel format (who hasn't read The Goal?), as well as a non-fiction essay format, I found the sudden changes in the style and the pace rather unsettling. It is as if the author was affected by the river's rapids!

I hope the author will attempt a smoother transition between the two formats in a future edition. I believe that it is possible to convey all serious topics on science and management through the novel format.

I worked as an engineer and manager for nearly 4 decades in a large manufacturing organisation and have seen firsthand the leadership changes and the disruption that they can bring in the life of individuals. I therefore recommend the book.
 
A fine recommendation for those who want to understand the value of corporate team work  Mar 9, 2009
The generation gap can be bridged; it just needs to be done right. "We're in This Boat Together: Leadership Succession Between Generations" is an exploration of business teamwork and its value using a fiction situation spanning four generations, from the Silent Generation to the Millennials. Using a white water rafting team building exercise, the four learn the value of team work, and when the company spirals out of control, they are prepared. A fable of the modern business world, "We're in This Boat Together" is a fine recommendation for those who want to understand the value of corporate team work.
 

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