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Balancing Act: Older workers face challenges—www.bnd.com

14 May 2012—My silver-haired grandfather worked into his 80s. He ran his Chicago law firm on trust and signed clients with a handshake. But his last few years of practicing were rough. He wasn't as sharp as a decade earlier, and the young lawyers in his firm began questioning whether his handshakes were causing the law firm to get stiffed on fees.

Lately, I've been thinking about Grandpa and what it means to get older in the workplace. I look around my corporate neighborhood and see strong companies run by leaders in their late 60s and 70s. But I also see a huge push, intensified by the technology revolution, to stay edgy, innovative and current. And, I see tension. In some organizations, I even see a forced changing of the guard.

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