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How to manage people older than you

More and more people are working past age 65. Here’s five ways to get the best out of workers-even those who have more experience than you do.

When I first moved to Boston, I remember occasionally visiting a fast food joint with my infant son. We were regularly served by a woman in her 70s with clearly artificially bright red hair. If anything inspired me to create wealth, it was she. The specter of dishing out burgers in my old age terrified me. Nobody, I remember thinking, wants to spend her golden years working in the golden arches.

But many more of us will be working into our 70s. The Wall Street Journal recently noted that the number of people older than 65 who are still working is up 20 percent from 2008–even while employment overall is down. In part, this is because they can; people are living longer and healthier than ever. And, in part, it is because they need to; failure to save–on a personal and a national level-coupled with low yields on investments make retirement financially elusive for many.

This also means that, as leaders, you will increasingly manage people older than you are. Doing so successfully requires recognising several things:

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