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Change agent. Consultant. Advisor. Speaker.
Since founding Factor In Talent in 1999, I have become nationally recognized for developing leaders, executive teams and organizations that achieve exceptional performance. I work with innovation sector clients -- high tech, life sciences, higher ed, and financial services. I’m regularly quoted in the media and have appeared in The New York Times, CNN.com, HR Executives and many others. My passion is helping you STRATEGICALLY think about HUMAN CAPITAL, develop, engage and retain THE BEST people, DESIGN your organizations and ACHIEVE RESULTS.
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I saw a recent example of hiring decisions based assumptions not reality today. It seems that Silicon Valley has a major issue with hiring people over the age of 40. The common thinking is that anyone over 40 has lost their edge, aren’t innovative and stuck in a paradigm. Based on some research by Vivek Wadhwa, the news of the over-40′s creative demise seems to be drastically overstated.
Here are a few innovators and their over-40 inventions:
- Ben Franklin invented the lightning rod when he was 44. He discovered electricity at 46.
He helped draft the Declaration of Independence at 70, and he invented bifocals after that.
- Henry Ford introduced the Model T when he was 45.
- Sam Walton built Walmart in his mid-40s.
- Ray Kroc built McDonald’s in his early 50s.
- Ray Kurzweil published The Singularity Is Near in his 50s.
- Alfred Hitchcock directed Vertigo when he was 59.
- Frank Lloyd Wright built his architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater, when he was 68.
- Steve Jobs’ most significant innovations-iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad-came after he was 45.
Instead of making the assumption when you’re hiring and cutting out a significant sector of your possible candidate pool, ask some questions that will let you know just how creative that gray-haired guy with few wrinkles really is.