CM 045: Lynda Gratton on The 100-Year Life

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Are you prepared to live to 100? Research shows that it is becoming the norm, but that few of us are planning for it. Many are surprised to learn that it not only requires rethinking saving and retirement, but also education, jobs, and relationships.

To guide us, London Business School Professor and future of work expert, Lynda Gratton, has written The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity. In addition to her many books, Lynda writes for Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and Forbes. She points out the possibilities, as well as the challenges, associated with living longer lives. Lynda also encourages us to plan for what lies ahead, so that we can take full advantage of this opportunity.

In this interview, we talk about:

  • What learning will look like as we continue working into our 70s and 80s
  • Why working well with robots will decrease our odds of obsolescence
  • How generational markers, such as millennials, limit how we think about work and life
  • Why we will become age agnostic as people of all ages learn and work together
  • Are you building, maintaining, or depleting current skills?
  • The secret to increasing our adaptability and willingness to change
  • Three new life stages that are upending how we think about life and work
  • Are you spending your free time in recreation or re-creation, and why it matters?
  • The important role experimentation will play in our lives as we live longer
  • How marriage and friendships will change as we live longer lives
  • Why juvenescence holds the key to navigating a longer life
  • Why we should be worried about wealth disparity
  • Why living longer will push organizations to rethink work policies and expectations
  • Why individuals and families – not most organizations – will guide us in innovating

Selected Links to Topics Mentioned

@lyndagratton

www.100yearlife.com

100 Year Life Diagnostic

London Business School

World Economic Forum

Andrew Scott

Future of Work Consortium

The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here by Lynda Gratton

Stretch by Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick

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