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REPURPOSE AN ECONOMIC BOON

Posted by | Culture, Longevity | 2 Comments

The problem with older adults is not that their percentage of the population is increasing rapidly. The problem is society does not understand this demographic shift is really an opportunity. This longevity dividend means more people with more time, resources and experience – in pursuit of new purpose. The new generation of older adults is less about retirement and more…

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BIG NUMBERS HIT AND MISS THE MARK

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A big number without context is like Donald Trump — all show and no substance. Not only is context a reality check for political grandstanding, it also ascribes value and perspective to cosmology, economics, archeology and other grand disciplines ruled by big numbers. In business parlance, percentages place accomplishments in proper context and validate “outcomes versus output.” Context makes sense…

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HUMBLE WARRIORS PUT NEW SPIN ON GAME

Posted by | Humility | 2 Comments

Taking a hard charge, making the extra pass or accepting a bench role — unselfish play builds team chemistry and wins games. The Golden State Warriors, led by coach and now six-time NBA champion Steve Kerr, put an exclamation point on this approach. Among the many outstanding articles in the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Golden Season” commemorative edition (6-21-15) was one…

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WANT A JOB, ASSUME THESE POSITIONS

Posted by | Random/Rants, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Relying on several decades of experience interviewing job candidates, and as many years critiquing the process from the perspective of a public relations professional, here is a less obvious, somewhat random and hardly exhaustive list of considerations for drafting resumes and cover letters, and being interviewed. Throughout the application process, your goal is to provide compelling evidence of your potential…

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TAKE ARROGANCE/IGNORANCE TO EVEN GREATER HEIGHTS

Posted by | Humility, Random/Rants | 3 Comments

I’ve always believed that the combination of ignorance and arrogance makes the worst possible person and professionally, the worst possible boss. Still true. But I’ve come to realize that these two traits are actually more symbiotic – a reciprocal cause and effect. In other words, ignorance breeds arrogance and arrogance perpetuates ignorance. Arrogance is the result of thinking you know…

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DON’T BLINK, YOU’LL MISS THIS AGELESS METAPHOR

Posted by | Longevity, Random/Rants | 5 Comments

“Never use your blinker, that just tips them off,” experienced L.A. drivers exhort. Sad but very true as it is, this cultural dysfunction also suggests an explanatory metaphor for another age-old dynamic: the challenge to maintain our independence as we grow older. Like so. The desire to remain independent is close to the top of everyone’s concerns as we age….

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LONGEVITY IS A MOVING TARGET

Posted by | Longevity | 4 Comments

My moment of reflection over the obituary of a junior high school teacher of mine was cut short when I read “He died unexpectedly at 85.” I couldn’t help but ponder the incredulity of the phrase. Really … unexpectedly, at that ripe old age? Such hubris. Have we truly entered the new age of longevity? This level of confidence, almost…

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FOR THE 100TH TIME, AGE DOESN’T MATTER

Posted by | Longevity | 2 Comments

Age is more than a number. It’s an equation. Similar to Einstein’s theory of relativity, our perspective on aging depends upon where we stand in space and time. Data from this year’s 10th annual United Healthcare “100@100” survey confirms that the definition of “old” depends on who you ask. At least 60 percent of the centenarians surveyed said they do…

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IT’S THE GOLDEN AGE OF IRONY

Posted by | Culture, Longevity | 2 Comments

Growing older is confounded by misapprehensions, contradictions, ironies and age-inappropriateness. The sooner we can correct these bad attitudes and actions and get back to when longevity rules, the sooner we can slap a cease-and-desist order on manufacturers and marketers of “anti-aging” products. To get started, here are some topics for discussion and possible reconciliation: No one wants to grow old….

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