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Engaging Your Older Workers

Engaging Your Older Workers | Project Management |

Older workers — those who are at or approaching the traditional retirement age of 65 ­— are the fastest-growing segment of the workforce and one of the fastest-growing groups in the overall population.

Via Karl Wabst
Karl Wabst's curator insight, November 12, 2014 4:17 PM

We continue to hear companies are having a hard time finding employees. It is hard to imagine that there is a talent shortage in America.

We have some of the best schools.

Now, we learn that we have a new resource in older or experienced candidates. These folks are battle-tested and ready to work.

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The Key to Change Is Middle Management

The Key to Change Is Middle Management | Project Management |

I studied large-scale change and innovation efforts in 56 randomly selected companies in the high-tech, retail, pharmaceutical, banking, automotive, insurance, energy, non-profit, and health care industries. My research found that the majority of the efforts failed. A hallmark of the successful 32% was the involvement of mid-level managers two or more levels below the CEO.

Via Karl Wabst
Karl Wabst's curator insight, October 27, 2014 2:35 PM

Leaders can emerge from any part of an organization. Middle-level managers however, occupy pivotal positions.


Resistant mid-level managers can more easily block changes since they act as the conduit between workers and senior management.

Unless you have a strong presence, taking the time to explain to the whole company where you want to go and the types of behaviors you want to see, you are relying on others who may not agree with you to implement your direction.


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Executives who count on middle level managers to filter the communications of mood, problems and inspiration from the bottom up may find themselves out of touch with the people who do the jobs that make the company run or fail.


This is one reason why developing leadership skills at this level are key. Managers, who see their jobs as maintaining the status quo, are likely to feel threatened by change.


Do something old-fashioned management used to do. While figuring out how to teach middle managers to lead get out of your office and walk around.


Have conversations with people. Learn the jobs today. Take the microphone out of your hand. Management by walking around may open your eyes. Watch Undercover Boss on TV. Think about what you might find if you were to work the floor of your factory, department store, etc.


Too much status quo in a volatile business market means the death of innovation. Change starts with one person doing their job differently.

Let it be you.