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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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Preface

"Here come the millennials—the next big wave of M.B.A. students."

That was the opening sentence of a column I wrote in 2006 for The Wall Street Journal about business schools bracing for the imminent arrival of the millennial generation. It wasn't long before I realized that I had really touched a nerve. As soon as the article appeared in print and online, the e-mails and phone calls began, and they didn't stop for days. I heard from millennials, their parents, corporate recruiters and managers, even retirees who didn't like the sound of these confident, demanding youngsters. Many people agreed with the points in my article, but there were a few dissenters who didn't appreciate some of the criticism of millennials. What struck me most, ...

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