Drops from the Fire Hose – October 25, 2012

Rich-world megatrend: older workers are keeping the young out of jobs — Quartz

While unemployment has soared in Europe and elsewhere, at least one group has weathered the unemployment crisis fairly well: older workers.

Then again, that may be a bad thing.

The percentage of people over 60 in the workforce has climbed steadily over the past decade. Partly it’s about 60 being the new 50, but it’s also about rising costs of living, a lack of savings, and people clinging to jobs out of fear over disappearing pensions. Between 2001 and 2011, the employment rate for people between 60 and 64 years of age in OECD countries increased to 43.1% from 35.8% (chart below). For people between 65 and 69, it rose to 22.8% from 17.5%, over the same period.

8 Tips to Negotiate a Higher Salary — Mashable

In case you missed it, a new study on flirting is rippling through the media. The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business found that women who use their “feminine charms” achieved better results in business negotiations.

Gender dynamics in the workplace is serious business. The study got me thinking about the process of negotiating in general. After all, our paycheck is one of the most important elements of our job. We know that negotiations can have a significant impact on compensation, yet all too often we approach the negotiation unprepared and ill-equipped.

Some Advice from Jeff Bezos — 37Signals

He said people who were right a lot of the timewere people who often changed their minds. He doesn’t think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It’s perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.

He’s observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a well formed point of view, but it means you should consider your point of view as temporary.

What trait signified someone who was wrong a lot of the time? Someone obsessed with details that only support one point of view. If someone can’t climb out of the details, and see the bigger picture from multiple angles, they’re often wrong most of the time.

Great advice.


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