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Up, Up, and Away

Up, Up, and Away

Federer wins at 35. Venus Williams reaches the finals at 37. Tom Brady wins at 39. Why are people so astounded, newspaper headlines enlarged? We’re all living longer and performing at a higher level longer. Tony Bennet will sell out Madison Square Garden at 90. There is an ageism bias in our society, and just as gender bias removes half the talent in the equation, so does ageism.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 3

  • Patricia Ferdinandi

    July 17, 2017

    Hence the expression: “you’re over-qualified”. Middle management uses that term a great deal. why it is always better to sell to the top.

  • Peter McLean

    July 23, 2017

    I think they may be removing more than half the talent when they demarcate against age, as the talent has built over time in wiser, more experienced heads.


    July 24, 2017

    No one cuts their way to growth. And eliminating people because their replacements are cheaper is one of the dumbest moves (among many) that American management commits.

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