I don’t often give out book recommendations, but wanted to suggest that you make time to read The 100-Year Life by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott.
Published in 2016, this is one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking books I’ve recently read. The authors – both London Business School professors – shift the debate on the demographic transformation of ageing from a sterile, statistical discussion to a vivid and multi-dimensional discussion of the implications of a 100-year life for all of us.
A 100-year life is a gift, but, coupled with ongoing technological development and the growth of AI, it is a gift we will only truly enjoy if we are prepared for it. That means we (individuals, companies and governments) must fundamentally reassess our attitude and approach to the traditional life stages of education, work and retirement.
On a personal level, The 100-Year Life will challenge you to think through how you will get the most out of your extended time on earth. How do you continue to be relevant in the workplace, for example, in a working career that may last for 70-80 years? And how can you create multi-stage careers that keep you relevant, motivated and engaged in work?
Finally, on an organisational level, business leaders must think through how their companies should adapt and change to meet the new realities and opportunities of a world where half of the population will live a 100-year life.
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