Culture Leadership Charge – Age is Just a Number

I’m old. I turned 65 this year so was able to join Medicare here in the US. I’d never thought about being a member of the Medicare generation!

65 is the age when many people retire. I’m not ready to retire. I have too many good ideas – I think – and there are many clients I plan to help in the coming years.

If I wasn’t able to provide value – to be relevant to my clients – they’d no longer invite me into their leadership teams and organizations. Clients still call me – I must be doing something right!

You may be older than your peers. You may be older than your boss! Age doesn’t matter so long as you’re contributing and serving with grace and humor.

In today’s three-minute episode of my Culture Leadership Charge video series, I outline how you can stay relevant – no matter your age – at work, at home, and in your community.

My Culture Leadership Charge series features short (two-to-three-minute) videos that describe proven culture leadership and servant leadership practices that boost engagement, service, and results across your work teams, departments, regions, and even your entire company.

Each episode’s “charge” is a challenge for everyone in your organization – not just leaders – to refine their behaviors and ensure everyone is treated respectfully at all times.

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  • Dave Howe

    Chris, thanks for an inspiring post! I’m 69, still working, still healthy, still r’arin’ ta go! I received a note from a friend recently, out of the blue, that said, in part, “I hope you know that the folks who work with you really admire you!!” What a great re-affirmation! I believe you a re right when you way that remaining easy to work with and continuing to contribute and embrace new ideas are keys to continued fulfilment.
    I have never been one of those guys who snarls, “I don’t like it ’cause it’s not how we did things!” Listen to the kids, because they know what is going on and generally all they want to do is be the best they can be, just like us oldtimers!
    Ensuring that you all share the same values (intentional culture) is truly the key to sustainable success.

    • Thank you, Dave! I’m right behind you, man –

      Shared values and common goals is the way to build a purposeful, positive, productive work culture. Keep at it, sir!

  • Gary Gruber

    Thanks for the good reminders. I started my 81st year, traveling often, working occasionally, very part-time, living gratefully. Here’s my self-induigent reflection from this past June:

    • You’re right on it, Gary! Great post and great insight –

      Enjoy Mexico – and life!

      • Gary Gruber

        Thanks, again. BTW, at 65, you’re a long way from old. Like you, and others, maintain, age is just a number.

        • Very kind! I’m throwing off parts – but hanging in there. Consulting, speaking, writing continues to inspire me – love helping leaders create purposeful, positive, productive work culture. And, still making music with my friends in the @BrianRaineBand – did a show at Copper Mountain, CO’s, Copper Country festival Sunday. Loving life – know you’re doing the same.

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