LeadU presents Aging with LIVING INQUIRY

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A few weeks ago, we explored Mike’s fluid model of Living Inquiry. It is a simple yet sophisticated model that is valuable on many levels.

One of the subsets that arose was applying parts of it to the particular non-professional cohort of older adults aging with influence.

Many older adults, especially post-career and those in retirement who lack the working life structures that helped them up to that point, tend to feel less confident, irrelevant, and invisible.

Add to that dispersed family structures and spending the majority of one’s time in the echo chamber of people their own age, outcomes are almost predictable.

Older adults also have an issue with branding and image. It is manifested in the form of ageism.

Once someone reaches that certain age, they become invisible to anyone from policy makers, healthcare professionals, employers, and store clerks.

Ageism, though, comes in at least two flavors – the external one (directed at you) and the internal one (self-directed); both are a product of believing that this is the way the world is.

More importantly, older adults bring a lot of value, not only as economic power, but also in leveraging their wisdom and experience or what is referred to as crystallized intelligence.

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Instead, society sees older adults as a problem, cognitively disabled, and a liability with continuing costs.

Intergenerational interaction is one of the areas that stands to reduce the gap and remove age from the equation.

What if, an older adult could build a new reputation as a great listener who helps people around them think and feel differently with valuable life experience within their family, community, and beyond, by learning how to become an attentive mentor rather than a nostalgic elderly?

Learning how to apply choice parts of Living Inquiry may be an effective way to boost older adults’ confidence about their abilities to contribute to the well-being of others at any age along the lifespan.

Join us for an exploration of LIVING INQUIRY and what it means to be valued as a partner in development.

Leadership University invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Aging with LIVING INQUIRY

Time: Jan 5, 2022, 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Mike R. Jay is a developmentalist utilizing consulting, coaching, mentoring, and trusted advice emergent from dynamic inquiry as a means to cue, scaffold, support, lift, and protect; offering inspiration to aspiring leaders who are interested in humaning where being, doing, having, becoming, contributing, protecting, and letting go help people have generative lives.

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