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Karin H.

Morning Steve

(Looks like Mr Nimoy found his way to your blog - now there's a 'character' that knows his past from his future ;-))

What I gathered from your post is perhaps the older we become, the mellower we become: enjoying life with all its warts because we have learned everything experience - good or bad - mellows too in our memories.

Karin H. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

Jim Stroup

What an excellent lessen for business to draw from this, in an age of massive baby-boomer retirements, perhaps accelerated in some industries by recent events! Even aside from that, this has application in a range of areas, from team-building to decision-making input groups, and more.

Thanks for such a thought-provoker for the holidays - and best wishes for those for you and yours. Thanks for a terrific year of your work and writing; looking forward to many more.

Dan McCarthy

Steve –

Where DO you find this stuff?! Once again, thanks for providing a thought-provoking piece of research, as well as your uncanny way of tying it back to practical workplace application.

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peter vajda

Hi, Steve

The point that leaps out at me is "Adding reality and experience to idealism and energy doesn't equal "resistance to change;"it adds a much-needed dimension to decisions and execution that may provide a real pathway to move ideas and products forward."

What I see is that self-awareness is the secret sauce that helps to morph illusion into reality. Optimism, positivity, etc. are fine when grounded in a healthy sense of self-awareness. Perhaps looking forward to a greater sense of self-awareness will result in folks experiencing a more stable and honest sense of reality when it comes to their having a conscious grasp of life’s possibilities and limitations.

As a formula, happiness is expecations divided by reality. When reality is replaced by illusion and expections are unreal, well, we can see where that leads.

I think the success of the recovery process you point to may be tempered and tutored by the wisdom and degree of self-awareness of those whose choices and decisions count. Age itself is not the sole criterion.

On another note, Steve, thank you for the time and energy you devote to raising the level of the collective consciousness through your blog. I wish you a meaningful and purposful '09.

Steve Roesler


I think the "mellowing" effect is implied here in the context of being able to accurately perceive and adapt based upon numerous experiences.

Spock, of course, doesn't have to worry about mood swings. . .

Steve Roesler

Hi, Jim,

Pleased that you found it useful; it does appear that the business applications are far-reaching.

All the best to you and your family, and looking forward to our continued relationship here in the year ahead.

Steve Roesler


Gee, now I'm wondering if it appears that I have way too much time on my hands:-)

There are a number of solid research sites to which I subscribe. The downside is that it can sometimes take a little too much time sifting through the pages of statistics to get to the heart of the data. But I think it's helpful to readers when they can see a factual foundation that promotes understanding of real-life issues.

Here's to a terrific year ahead at Great Leadership!

Steve Roesler

Thank you for the kind words and wishes, Peter. I always feel as if your comments take the original post to a deeper level and, in some cases, a totally new direction.

Certainly, age is not the sole criterion for wisdom. In fact, it is information like that cited in the post that I hope will lead to the greater degree of self-awareness to which you refer. Such awareness may lead organizations to think twice before automatically pulling the employment plug based on age.

Wishing you a terrific season and a meaningful year ahead. . .

Wally Bock

Let me add to a fine post and a rich mix of responses. When experienced workers leave, they take more than their knowledge with them. They also take their relationships.

In one client, we identified a particular engineer as a person who sent and received an above-average number of emails. No, they were not jokes or forwards. He was a person who people had learned knew a lot of people and who loved to connect people and solve problems.

In another client an administrative assistant was in the same position. People called her to find out how to solve a problem.

If those people leave your organization, they leave behind a gaping hole in the communicatin and problem solving networks.


Ageing makes me more understanding and wise :)

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