[MMM] Ageism in the Workplace?

 Jan 11, 2016 – The Best Is yet to Come

Good Monday morning,
 
Last Spring, Facebook opened its new HQ. It was designed by Frank Gehry who is 86 years old. It is interesting to think about the age difference between Mark Zuckerburg who is 31 years old, and one of the world’s leading Architects.
 
There is a lot of discussion about the differences between Baby Boomers, Millennials, Generation X, Y, etc., yet clearly there are multiple examples of how different generations have much to offer and can quite clearly work collaboratively. It also shows evidence that in today’s workplace there is room for any person who offers value & excellence – no matter their age.
 
This wonderful example of a person in his 80’s working with the one of the world’s great entrepreneurs begs the question: how does anyone stay at the top of their game for the long run?
 
Gehry’s response? “You stay in your time. You don’t go backward. I think if you relate to the time you’re in, you keep your eyes and ears open, read the paper, see what’s going on, stay curious about everything, you will automatically be in your time.”
 

 
I have met more mature professionals who have become stuck in their 30’s or 40’s continuing to wish for the past and desiring things to slow down. Yet, when you look at the best – the very best – they are able to stay relevant by relating to the world they live in, here and now.
 
What is the impact of living that way? According to Mr. Gehry, “Well, there are days when I think I’m absolutely losing it. But my closest staff says that I’m doing more things than I’ve ever done. According to them, I’m having more different meetings, more different challenges, and I’m meeting them. Working at top speed, they think. So I’m just listening to them.
 
It’s a very simple success principle in life. Stay in your time. Keep looking, and be curious.
 
Live in the present and look forward because your best, your very best, is yet to come.
 
Along the road with you!
 
Alan
 
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