In “Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder” Chip Conley explores the concept of what it means to be a “modern elder” and how individuals can bring their wisdom and experience to the workplace, even as they age. Chip Conley, the author, draws upon his personal experiences as a successful entrepreneur and leader in the hospitality industry.
The term “modern elder” refers to individuals who have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience throughout their careers and can offer valuable insights and guidance to younger generations in the workplace. Conley argues that older individuals have a unique set of skills and wisdom that can be highly beneficial in a world where the pace of change is rapid and where there’s often a disconnect between generations in the workplace.
The book covers topics such as the changing dynamics of the modern workplace, intergenerational collaboration, and the importance of lifelong learning. It also provides practical advice on how individuals can embrace their role as modern elders and continue to make meaningful contributions in their careers, even as they grow older.
This book urges readers to reevaluate their preconceptions about aging in the workplace and to see the potential for older employees to become catalysts for positive change. It’s a call to value and leverage the wisdom that comes with age, encouraging older workers to continue making meaningful contributions in the ever-evolving world of work, and fostering a culture of respect, learning, and collaboration across generations.