The “I can” generation?

I have been keeping up with the Scottish Learning Festival stories from various sources. John Connell mentions the work of Charles Leadbetter and I need to find out more as I am intrigued by the explanation that John gives that according to Leadbetter today’s young people are

“….a generation infused with an attitude of ‘I can’, and not the attitude of ‘i want’ or ‘I hope’ that perhaps typified earlier generations.”

If this is the case many of the workplace issues that managers comment on regarding Generation Y and the challenges in managing them might make sense.  If “I can” and, just as importantly, “I will” is their way of thinking then why would they settle for what is already there if it doesn’t fit their aspirations?

Obviously I need to read some more. Will return to this when I have!