15 April 2018

Generations Make Better Decisions Together

That’s what a blogger for Forbes tells us:

Future Of Work: Research Shows Millennials, Gen Xers And Baby Boomers Make Better Decisions Together
by Erik Larson
“Decision-making teams that include a wide range of younger and older employees significantly outperform more narrowly young or old teams.”

Good article, worth a read. But it’s difficult to get too excited about this musty revelation. Yours truly and many others have been saying the same for years.

From my book © 2005:

0976697319.01.I have a business friend who wants to start an advertising agency that would only accept clients whose products are for the 50-plus market, and he wants to hire only people over fifty, from the receptionist on up. It’s hard not to applaud such an idea, but I wouldn’t want to work there. And it wouldn’t be because of the receptionist. I’ve met some gorgeous, very smart ones who’ve mentioned to me that they’re grandmothers. (They’ve got to be lying.) The reason I wouldn’t work there is because I love working with people in their twenties. They sizzle. They’re galvanized. They charge me up.

Lots more:

Diversity = Productivity (2008)
image... Scott E. Page, a professor of complex systems, political science and economics at the University of Michigan, is a fresh voice... Rather than ponder moral questions like, “Why can’t we all get along?” Dr. Page asks practical ones like, “How can we all be more productive together?” The answer, he suggests, is in messy, creative organizations and environments with individuals from vastly different backgrounds and life experiences.

You Know Who's Boss – Consumers (2007)
But Do You Really Know Them Well?
image … It makes all the sense in the world for ad makers (both clients and agencies) to be well-stocked with people who understand consumers, whether young people who fathom the mysteries of cyberspace, a good mixture of people who reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our country, and, yes, even older people who understand the vitality and buying power of the great gorge of baby boomers overtaking our land.

Talk about the need for greater diversity in the business largely has fallen on deaf ears. (2013)
Nobody likes to be told whom they should hire -- unless it can be demonstrated that hiring the right mix of people can improve the bottom line…

Intergenerational Teams A Strength (2013)
The company focuses on recruiting new talent and retaining the services of experienced employees, which often results in the creation of inter-generational teams tackling company projects together.

So hire or work with someone who’s not you. You already have a you. Why would you need another one?

02 April 2018

Wearables, Home Monitors

A short video popped up on one of my feeds. It’s from the UK, is a few years old - but I’d never seen it:


I liked it, sent links to a few folks.

imageRonni Bennett blogged it.  Her take on home monitors and wearables brilliantly (and hilariously) complements the video:

Crabby Old Lady and Home Monitors for Elders
image… Marketed as a way to help elders live independently at home for as long as possible, hardly anyone has spent much effort yet to find out how the spied-upon old people feel about inanimate objects acting as nannies and tattling to their human controllers …

Also read the comments.

I’ve been screaming about over-the top monitor/wearable doodads for almost a decade.  A few moldy posts and two Huffpo pieces:

05 December 2009
Microsoft & AARP Study: Boomers & Tech II
image… How biofeedback-onic do you really want to be while taking a walk in the woods or playing some doubles?…  It’s a mark of honor to sustain a sports injury, but I’d feel rather silly if I were limping about and had to tell everyone, “I fell over while Wii-ing …”

15 October 2015
Baby Boomers Not Wearing Wearables
[image3.png]… While we’re not sailing around slaying metaphors, we are doing something almost as unforgivable: we’re getting old. What a curse.
And apparently we’re all supposed to strap on high-tech wearables as penance …

Never Leave The Hospital! Health Tech Wearables, Implanted Chips
huffington_post_logo1I'm having issues. I'm worried that the medical industry might want me to worry too much about my health. A little worry is good. But constant worry? It seems as if they want me to think of nothing else but my vital signs for the rest of my life …

Finally Live The Life You've Always Wanted With Wearables!
… Along with Google Glasses, you'll also be wearing Google Nose and Google Mouth.

Most of these gizmos are useless, will fall by the wayside. They also may turn out to be harmful. As you get older you have to hone your senses, not lull them. These whizzing, beeping doodads are often distracting and/or give you a false sense of security.

And the ones that are helpful won’t be an easy sell. So far, most of the advertising is clumsy and patronizing.