You know the pernicious and widely accepted stereotype that people in the second half of life aren’t creative. Experienced workers are set in their ways, reluctant to learn new skills, unwilling to embrace new technologies and new ways of doing business—or so we’re told. A major theme of my book Purpose and a Paycheck is… Continue reading Creativity Doesn’t Decline With Age
As an experiment I videotaped a series of interviews on my book, Purpose and a Paycheck. My Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media colleague and documentary producer Sasha Aslanian gracefully asked me a series of question. This is the first video--the introduction. Let me know what you think! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_CRIfUzCLI&t=14s
I went to the post office the other day to mail a book. The man behind the counter asked what I did. I said I was a journalist and I covered the economy. His voice dropped to a whisper. “Do you know what holding the economy back?” he said. “No, what?” I replied. “Ageism. Ageism… Continue reading Ageism is everywhere
From the New York Times. A Hot Job Market Is Causing Labor Pains for State Governments. The article is on state and local governments struggling to find workers in the tight labor market. The first example is from South Carolina. The job is peanut inspector. The hire is 62 years old. For people like Cynthia… Continue reading Signs that employers are rethinking the benefits of experience. About time, too.