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After 50 Paradox: I Miss The Kids. I’m So Happy They Are All Grown Up.

After 50 Paradox: I Miss The Kids. I’m So Happy They Are All Grown Up.

  We had lunch with a 4-year-old and her mother the other day. I was reminded, yet again, that I live in an After 50 paradox. I still miss the kids in very small but important ways almost every day. Yet, I am so glad they are grown up and living their own lives. This particular 4-year-old is very bright,…

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Behold the Discontinuous Opportunity. It Could Be Your Best Bet.

Behold the Discontinuous Opportunity. It Could Be Your Best Bet.

Discontinuous what? Recognition of discontinuous change and opportunity is growing, if slowly. When Cheyenne was 32 the local bank where she had worked for 7 years was acquired. Branches were closed. Employees were laid off, including Cheyenne. By then she knew how to be a branch installment lending officer granting loans for home remodeling, car purchases, vacation toys like boats…

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On Being Named a 2017 Top 50 Thought Leaders on Aging

On Being Named a 2017 Top 50 Thought Leaders on Aging

Incoming Email: Congratulations, George, on the recognition of your work for aging Baby Boomers! I’m anxious to learn how it feels to be a “thought leader.”  Deborah.   Background: I have been named one of Next Avenue’s 2017 Influencers in Aging. The Influencers in Aging selection process and list recognize “50 remarkable people at the forefront of changing how we age and…

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Innovators and Early Adopters Wanted

Innovators and Early Adopters Wanted

When Geoffrey Moore published Crossing the Chasm he gave us a window into what he called the Innovation Adoption Life Cycle. His well-known book is about adoption of disruptive technologies. I think we can use Mr. Moore’s model and apply it to the adoption of disruptive thinking by individuals/couples over 50 and the business leaders/professional advisors who provide goods and services to…

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Adaptability, Agility, Hurricanes and Friends

Adaptability, Agility, Hurricanes and Friends

Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia. As you know from my most recent blog, we evacuated from Sarasota in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Having driven tandem to Atlanta, my wife and I are still camping out with dear friends here. They invited us. We didn’t just drop in, although I admit we arrived looking like an upscale, contemporary version of Grapes of Wrath…

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Evacuations, Irma, and Disruptive Change

Evacuations, Irma, and Disruptive Change

Buckhead, Atlanta, GA.   We are evacuees from Sarasota, fortunate enough to be invited by friends to stay here with them while Hurricane Irma pursues her disruptive, erratic course through Florida. We had 18 hours to decide what objects/files/apparel would fit into our two cars, pack, and drive tandem to Atlanta, taking 12 hours in dense traffic to make what…

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Our Idiosyncrasies – How are they part of your identity After 50?

Our Idiosyncrasies – How are they part of your identity After 50?

Let’s face it. At this point in our After 50 lives most of us have a few, very well established idiosyncrasies. They probably won’t be going away any time soon. I turn off lights in unoccupied rooms at our house. This doesn’t necessarily please my wife, who always contends with a straight face that she had just stepped into another…

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Can We Get A Little Service Here? Charge Me More For Real People, Please!

Can We Get A Little Service Here? Charge Me More For Real People, Please!

Is this what consumer customer service is supposed to look like in the New Normal? I thought tips were for exceptional, actual service, not a way to help the employer keep wage costs down by us paying tip supplements. Newark Airport, the passenger concourse is filled with restaurant tables and chairs.  On each table is a tablet device with the…

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Authorship and the Pregnant Elephant

Authorship and the Pregnant Elephant

Among my many After 50 male and female readers, there is a lot of serious talk about writing books. People are writing sexy women’s fiction, a history of a formerly secret university society, travel recommendations, a practical handbook to learning new technologies, a collection of stories about falls in the shower, an imaginary tale of circumventing the globe as the…

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