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I don't recall ever having a direct report being younger than myself, but I've certainly been the on the other end. When I was a production supervisor in my very early 20's, I had team-members who were often 2 to 3 times older than myself. You run into those who have issues with the age, for whatever reason, but most people just wanted to do their job and go home. I opted to take care of the people I worked with, and the performance improvement reflected their satisfaction, I feel.
Yup. My manager is my son's age. Best manager I've ever had, it's quite amazing.
Previous job, my manager was much younger than I, one of the worst managers I've ever had the displeasure of working with.
For me, it's not an odd experience. I actually quite enjoy working with younger people -- fresh ideas, more flexible, more trusting, etc. As I noted, there are of course exceptions, but in that previous job, I think the exception stemmed from trying too hard to tow the corporate policy line (an insurance company, so pun intended), insecurity, and frankly, having risen through the ranks to a position of incompetence -- the classic big corporation ladder climbing effect.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt