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Is this what I have to look forward to?

 
I have been inundated with information regarding the difficulties of managing Gen Y (born 1981 or later). These articles list this generation’s strengths and weaknesses but don’t give useful management strategies.
 
Their strengths include that they are tech-savvy, are creative and work well in teams.
 
Their shortcomings include that they "lack the real-world grounding it takes to deal with responsibility, accountability and setbacks… they’ve been overparented, overindulged and overprotected – they haven’t experienced that much failure, frustration, pain. We were so obsessed with protecting and promoting their self-esteem that they crumble like cookies when they discover the world doesn’t revolve around them. You have to be very careful how you talk to them because they take everything as criticism." Apparently this has a lot to do with the fact that they don’t get their school work marked in red ink. "These are kids who have a bunch of participation awards. They think they should be rewarded for showing up at work."
 
This isn’t encouraging for me as a manager. I’m old school and come from the "life isn’t fair so suck it up buttercup" mentality. I may be obsolete. Crap.
 
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