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The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace by Ron Alsop

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6.3. A SCARED GENERATION

Business schools and companies find that millennials are indecisive and need direction partly because they're afraid to take risks and make mistakes. They have been sheltered from failure by their parents and are nervous about making a bold decision that could end up being a blunder and a disappointment to their families, teachers, and bosses. "Creativity scares me," a member of the millennial generation told me. "I think we are a scared generation, scared to take risks, scared to think independently for fear it may produce ridiculous ideas. We are a generation that seeks approval."

When a recruiter asked M.B.A. students to describe the biggest risks they have taken, most said that it was quitting their jobs to go to ...

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