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Bridge the Gap and Reach the Why Generation
If you've ever struggled to motivate the young people in your sphere of influence, Answering Why is the game-changer you've been looking for. From the urgent skills gap crisis to the proven strategies to inspire our youngest generations, Answering Why addresses the burning questions faced by educators, employers, and parents everywhere.
Author, CEO, and generational expert Mark C. Perna shares his wide experience and profound success as both a single dad and performance consultant for education and workforce development across North America. Readers will be empowered to:
• Make meaningful, productive connections with the Why Generation (anyone under 40 today)
• Bring relevance, self-discovery, and passion to the learning process
The Why Generation is asking a serious question, and it’s time to answer it. This book will help awaken the incredible potential of young people everywhere and spur them to increased performance on all fronts, so they can make a bigger difference—which is exactly what they want.
“Perceptive… reasonable and thought-provoking arguments all.”
''This is an amazing book you can apply to every area of your life. Educators, trainers, and anyone working with young people today will discover the tools and strategies to build direction, motivation, and passion in these pages.''
--Brian Tracy, best-selling author of 86 books
''Mark is fantastic at explaining the pressures and expectations weighing on the younger generation entering the workforce. Written for those looking to hire and retain Generations Y and Z, this book outlines who they are and how we can empower them to turn the business world on its head.''
--Christine Hassler, generational expert, keynote speaker, best-selling author
''Youth culture today impacts everyone—Gen X and Baby Boomers along with Gen Z and Millennial stakeholders. Answering Why will help inform your thinking about how to adjust to an ever-evolving workforce, enabling the reader to create scalable solutions to employee engagement and other workforce opportunities.''
--Jeff Fromm, president of FutureCast, keynote speaker, author of Marketing to Millennials, Millennials with Kids, and Marketing to Gen Z
''Educators have long been searching for a cohesive set of strategies to engage today's young people. In Answering Why, Perna delivers it—while making a powerful argument for equipping all students in the K-12 system with both the academic knowledge and technical skill to be competitive, whether college, technical school, or career is in their immediate future. I'm proud to recommend this book to all parents and educators looking to make a bigger difference for their students!''
--Christy Perry, superintendent, Salem-Keizer Public Schools
''Engaging. Accurate. Insightful. Mark Perna truly understands how the older and younger generations work (and sometimes don't work) together. His insights will spark productive conversations and challenge the stigmas that have held the younger generations back in today's workforce.''
--Adam Robinson, founder and CEO of Hireology, author of The Best Team Wins
''Mark has created a comprehensive playbook full of insight while dispelling the mainstream myths concerning the younger generations. In addition, he strategically creates a compendium for greater conversations as well as a call to action among school administrators, industry leaders, policymakers and higher education providers. This is an essential read for anyone looking to influence education and the greater global economy while lessening the skills gap crisis.''
--CyLynn Braswell, executive director of College & Career Readiness at Northwest Independent School District
''This book will remind educators and workforce development professionals why they care about students and careers. As a member of the Millennial generation, I found the specific examples and real-world success stories compelling. By opening the conversation with useful and practical steps to reach the Why Generation, Mark Perna is working to reframe mindsets about how we connect students to careers. Answering Why will be the catalyst to change our thinking about this critical topic.''
--Jen Schottke, vice president in the construction industry, elected board of education trustee, millennial, and parent
''Answering Why is a marvelous tool for workforce development and education organizations across the country. It's an easy read but full of eye-opening insights and actionable steps to connect more effectively with today's up and coming workforce. Parents will also benefit from the strategies to motivate their children to greater performance. Organizations that are looking to build a robust learning and training culture should start with this book. Bravo!''
--Jimmy E. Greene, president and CEO of ABC The Greater Michigan Chapter and The Greater Michigan Construction Academy
''This is an incredibly important message that will change the face of education and workforce development in this country.''
--Cathie Raymond, deputy associate superintendent and state director of Career and Technical Education, Arizona Department of Education
''What an eye-opening book! Answering Why reveals the vast potential of today's young people and equips us to answer their why. Mark Perna has created the missing piece in the puzzle of the younger generations that we've been trying to solve blindfolded. This book is going to change the game for students and parents everywhere.''
--Paul Galbenski, 2012 Michigan Teacher of the Year, Dean, Oakland Schools