Youth vs experience
which is more important in today's world? asks Justin McGuire of DMCG Global
Who runs the world?
The most powerful jobs are held by the more mature.
Currently the average age of Heads of Government around the globe is 59+ yrs with the 2 most powerful (USA and China) aged in the late 70's and 60's.
The two wealthiest business founders in the world (Amazon and Microsoft) are mid 60's and mid 50's and the heads of Apple, IBM, and Oracle are late 50's to 70's.
Based on research by Harvard Business Review, the average age of start-up founders is 40+ and the most successful founders on average started their companies when they were 45 years old.
Facebook is the exception, not the rule.
I am highlighting the power and resilience that comes with age and experience: smart companies should tap into this. Become an advocate for age diversity
There is no doubt that age diversity in the workplace and life should be celebrated and very actively encouraged
I feel strongly that at DMCG Global we have a duty to encourage the companies we work with to look beyond stereotypes and find exceptional people.
We know that it’s not only the right thing to do for society, but it’s proven to be better for business.
Companies embracing diversity in all its glory have lower attrition rates, increased profitability and a more engaged workforce.
Our advice to someone in their 20s or 50s is the same.
Regardless of your age, you need to prove your value to earn a new opportunity.
Show what you’ve done, how you did it, and how it was measured.
Demonstrate your value
Talking through how you’ve applied knowledge and experience to solve problems and generate results will demonstrate your value.
To read my full article on Arabian Business click here.
Also you can join the discussion here on LinkedIn.
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