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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:54
Identify the 'Influencers' on Your Front Lines, CEO Advises
In business, the only thing that matters is what works, says Peder Johnsen, a third-generation specialist in senior living communities.
"The people in your company who are dealing with your customers – the clerks, the caregivers, the customer service reps – are where the rubber meets the road," says Johnsen, CEO of Concordis Senior Living, www.concordisseniorliving.com, which owns, operates and develops senior housing communities.
"That's why it's essential for the company leaders, the men and women in the offices that are often far from the front lines, to be where the action is on a regular basis," he says.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:49
Part Two of a Two-Part Series
Talented leadership is always in high demand. The question is: where do you look for leaders, who are you overlooking, and how do you effectively sustain their involvement? When recruiting talent for your organization, business or municipality, make sure you consider individuals over age 55. Here's what we know – these "so called seniors" represent a growing percentage of the population, and many have experience, education, and connections that can transform communities and organizations. They can provide valuable leadership in the civic and nonprofit sectors, when called upon.
It is important to consider individual seniors for individual positions in organizations, agencies and businesses. It is equally important to create a local or regional organizational structure that attracts and engages older individuals who want to make an impact. In many communities there is an organized effort to attract and retain young leaders. A similar effort should be made to engage older residents. Care is taken when recruiting younger talent, and similar attention should be paid to the recruitment and engagement of older talent.