I recently finished Wisdom at Work by Chip Conley. I highly recommend it for those who want to understand age bias in the workplace.
One of my favorite passages is:
If there’s one quality I believe defines wisdom in the workplace more than any other, it is the capacity for holistic or systems thinking that allows one to get the “gist” of something by synthesizing a wide variety of information quickly. Part of this is aided by the skill of pattern recognition that helps you come to hunches faster that account for the bigger picture. And this is where age gives us the indisputable upper hand: the longer you’ve been on this planet, the more patterns you’ve seen and can recognize.
Some great quotes:
- The future is here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet. - William Gibson
- First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. And then you win. - Gandhi
- Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. - Gandhi
- You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. However, you can tell whether a man is wise by his questions, - Naguib Mahfouz.