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by Chip Conley

Experience is making a comeback. Learn how to repurpose your wisdom.

At 52, after selling the company he founded and ran as CEO for 24 years, boutique hotelier Chip Conley received a call from the young founders of Airbnb, asking him to help grow their disruptive start-up into a global hospitality giant. He had the industry experience, but lacked the digital fluency of his 20-something colleagues and would be reporting to a CEO young enough to be his son. Conley learned the secret to thriving as a mid-life worker: learning to marry wisdom and experience with curiosity and a willingness to evolve, hallmarks of the “Modern Elder.”

At a time when power is shifting younger, companies are finally waking up to the value of the humility, emotional intelligence, and wisdom that come with age. The human skills that mid-career workers possess – good judgment, specialised knowledge, and the ability to collaborate and coach – never expire.

Wisdom@Work ignites an urgent conversation about ageism in the workplace, calling on us to treat age as we would other type of diversity. Conley liberates the term “elder” from the stigma of “elderly,” and inspires us to embrace wisdom as a path to growing whole, not old. Whether you’ve been forced to make a mid-career change, are choosing to work past retirement age, or are struggling to keep up with the millennials rising up the ranks, Wisdom@Work will help you write your next chapter.