Bridging the gap

There is a new breed of project manager arriving on the scene. It is a breed unlike any before them, a breed with an extraordinarily sophisticated acumen for using technology, a breed highly skilled in gathering information. It is the breed of those born between the late 1970s through 2000, the breed known as Generation Y, the first generation to grow up in world connected 24/7. And its members are beginning to shape the way in which organizations now operate and the conditions under which the marketplace may well function. This article examines the strengths and weaknesses of Generation Y workers, describing the skills particular to this group and the challenges in managing this group's professional performance and personal expectations. In doing so, it explains the advantages and the disadvantages of what these workers do well--finding information via the Internet and communicating globally via e-mail and cell phone. It also discusses what could be this generation's biggest challenges: Their failure to netw
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