Companies suffer when leaders and managers assume that someone is too young or too old to solve complex problems, collaborate in new ways, contribute to the innovative design of a product, or skillfully lead a process improvement project. Reinforcing age-related myths for targeted sectors of a workforce reduce real opportunities to raise the innovation bar for everyone, which is why I'm calling out ten age-related myths for the over forty crowd that we should debunk in 2017.
Hoffman's Downtown is one of my favorite places for breakfast in Santa Cruz. Although I certainly try out different dishes now and again, I still find myself returning to my favorite meal of eggs over easy. The chefs consistently get my eggs just right--they're credible in my eyes. What makes you credible in the eyes of others?
Entrepreneurial energy isn't always welcomed within an organization, especially when disrupting the status quo threatens those whose identities rest with the "as is" state. However, it's the enlightened leader and manager who discover innovative ways to tap and channel entrepreneurial moxie as part of a strategic advantage. They apply best-in-class change management techniques because they understand the importance that diversity of thought plays in the workplace.
What's great about revisiting a place after years of being away means you get a chance to see your surroundings with fresh eyes. Perhaps you discover something new that wasn't there before or you view something that's been around awhile but with a different perspective. Surrounded by locally-owned cafes and cutting-edge restaurants with side roads leading to some of the best California wineries, revisiting California's Gold Country had me re-exploring the places where miners came to seek their wealth in 1849. Reading up on the tips offered to new miners hoping to hit pay dirt gave me ideas on how you might repurpose some of these tips for your next career do-over.
Aging in place is a term that refers to someone living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they're able as they get older and their needs change; where they can have the things that they need in their daily life while maintaining their quality of life. Great when the time comes for a lifestyle shift, but not so great when designing your career strategy.
If you think that reporting to a younger manager is a challenge or that managing upwards is tough, how well would you fare with a robotic boss? Gartner revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2016 and beyond with a strong emphasis on the digital future.
Self-reinventions present you with a number of benefits, the obvious one being a transformative you. But contrary to what many people believe, transformation doesn't happen by chance just because you decide to change jobs or leave a career to start-up your own micro-business or even a start-up. A good rule of thumb is that the greater the change the earlier you'll want to begin the process of stress testing your systems before launching the new Product of You. So, what types of changes might require less time and where would you want to introduce longer lead times? Consider the following when pulling together your transformation strategies.