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We often think of wisdom as flowing downhill, but that’s not the case. Young workers and more seasoned employees have so much to offer each other, especially with the fast-paced changes in technology today. Instead of judging different generations, turn those feelings into curiosity so that you can learn. The world needs a different perspective on aging.

We are going to be younger longer; it’s time to think of middle age not just as a time to “wind down” but as a new opportunity to grow. By continuing to try new things and explore perspectives, the aging generation can avoid becoming “elderly” and instead be a “modern elder.”

To dive deeper into the idea of creating a new narrative around age in the workplace, I’ve brought on rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming one inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. After running his company as CEO for 24 years, he sold it and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. 

To learn how to embrace aging, download this episode now.


“Let’s retire retirement.” – Chip Conley

Highlights –

  • Karmic Capitalism – When you create joy for your employees, they create joy for your customers, and it ultimately comes back to you.
  • We should no longer live our lives in three phases: learn, earn and burn. 
  • Perennials – People in their 60s, 70s, 80s whose spirits are ageless. We are constantly renewing and alive.
  • A modern elder is someone who is not appreciated with reverence but for their relevance. Research shows that people who have a positive view of aging live seven years longer.
  • If you have integrity, you don’t live your life in two different ways. As you get older, you learn to edit out the things that don’t allow you to be integrated.
  • Liminality is the change that happens during mid-life.
  • Intergenerational collaboration needs age diversity which is just as important as any other kind of diversity.
  • A modern elder has reciprocity which involves listening and giving back.

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