Book Review: Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder


Author: Chip Conley
Pages: 256
Published: September 18, 2018
Genre: Nonfiction, Ageism, Business
Rating:  4/5

I received this one for review from NetGalley.

Wisdom at Work provides invaluable insights for professionals at any age. Chip Conley discusses his time working with Airbnb as both an advisor and intern and how he had to overcome the severe dichotomy that exists between “millennials” and “baby boomers”. He argues that we need to bring back the idea of mentors in order to overcome some of the ageism that exists in the workplace and I have to agree with him. In order for younger generations to thrive while beginning their careers and older generations to continue thriving, both need to come together and recognize that they each have a lot to offer the other.

His examples of older adults providing guidance to start up companies in Silicon Valley offered the most insight that I’ve seen when talking about ageism in the workplace and how to get past it. This is definitely one that I’m going to purchase a hard copy of once it is released and I know I’ll continue to come back to it year after year. I enjoyed the tips that he offers while also providing real world examples of older adults joining new companies. I’m still not a fan of the “if I can do it then anyone can” mentality, but overall I felt that this particular career advice book has a lot to offer and would definitely recommend it.


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