Age really doesn’t have much to do with age.
A person’s true age is more about their mentality than anything else.
You’ve no doubt noticed that a twenty-five year old can be more mature than their forty-five year old boss. Or the other way around. Your grandfather can be more technologically adept than a high schooler. Or the other way around.
A person’s actual age doesn’t really matter as much as the individual’s background, personality, interests, and maturity.
This is a real problem for people who like to stereotype individuals based on generational definitions. Generational breakdowns become limiting very quickly.
This is also an issue in most organizations. We think age=experience=wisdom, but what about when it’s not?
Leaders need a better way to measure and assess the capabilities of individuals. Talent assessment is a step in the right direction, and the piece most often overlooked (particularly in recruiting). I believe there are two other pieces; more on this soon.
UPDATE: Here are the other two pieces!
“The Way You Think About Business Needs A Revolution” in Brand Quarterly by Josh Allan Dykstra on June 1st, 2015
The New Hires Of Pixar by Josh Allan Dykstra on September 26th, 2011
The Good Simple by Josh Allan Dykstra on February 8th, 2010