Fostering a Spirit of Innovation in Mature Industries LO14737
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 07:28:51 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO14725 --

In a message dated 8/24/97 8:27:51 PM, you wrote:

>How does one motivate employees who are near retirement and can't be
>bothered by idea generation. ie. too many systemic barriers in place.(see
>background below).

When I read the above comment I wondered what mental model was at work
about people close to retirement. In our organizations there is a belief
that anyone who's been around for x years or is 'old' is a dinasaur.

Maybe the best thing to do is to sit and talk with 'them' and ask what is
important to them? What excites them? Why they chose the work they do?
What were/are their dreams? Maybe there is some motivation deep inside
that just needs to be tapped by the correct question.

Joe DiVincenzo

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."


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