It used to be that the older, most experienced employees were the sages — the ones with wisdom that you turned to for advice and insight.

But with the world moving at such a fast pace, and technology infusing almost every aspect of our work, I wonder if the young ones aren’t the ones to turn to for more insight and knowledge about how the world operates.

In a meeting with a seasoned vice president or consultant, should people listen to the voice of experience or is the voice of inexperience speaking louder?  Or maybe it’s just that the younger messenger is utilizing a different channel to share her words of wisdom?

Elder used to equal wiser.  Today digital dominates and the sage may have pink hair instead of gray.

Be open to insight and ideas no matter which end of the table they emit from.

— beth triplett


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