Why Age Is Irrelevant

If you had been with me and my family a couple of weeks ago, you would have been at the Arcelormittal Orbit in London.

If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, neither did I until a couple of weeks ago.

Designed by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is one of the most striking and enduring visual legacies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It offers extraordinary 20-mile views of the London Skyline. It is also the UK’s tallest sculpture.

So – there we were at the top of the building admiring the amazing views, and I was in a dilemma. I had asked my 73 year old Mother to come with us and to my complete surprise she decided to go down “THE SLIDE” with Ronnie, me Kirsty and Alex.

Well, it sounded like a good idea till we were at the top. This is the world’s longest slide which is a 40 second ride, in a sack, with a helmet on!

My stomach turned when I saw just HOW high it was and I wondered if the wider end of our age ranges should really be doing this. I mean – Mum’s a pensioner and Kirsty ONLY just made the height requirement. I was standing there hearing them both scream their way down feeling like the worst Mum in the world.

However, when I got to the bottom (having screamed just a little myself!), I found they were thrilled to bits that they had done it, they loved it and Kirsty wanted to do it again.

And this really illustrates a truth that applies in business as well as life. And that is that with a CAN DO attitude and state of mind, you can achieve anything. Results and ability mostly have nothing to do with age, gender or experience, and everything to do with your mindset.

But is attitude genetic or environmental. Well I think the right attitude can be nurtured. My 93 year old Nan was doing aerobics classes up to 6 months before she passed away. Her biggest concern when diagnosed was – would she still be able to go to her class?

So, what does that mean to you?

Well, in your business and your teams are you nurturing and encouraging a can-do attitude? Would your people go down the big slide for you without question? Would they know that they can take risks and go for it and be supported in taking those decisions and risks?

Or would they be terrified to make a mistake, never stepping up because they are too worried about what might happen, getting blamed and whether they might lose their job? I can’t answer that one for you but what I do know is that it takes something for anyone to make the leap of faith into the tube.

If you don’t think they would, what do you need to do to enable them to just do it, for your business?

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Julie Hutchison is co-Director with Jan Sargent of Transforming Performance, a consultancy which provides businesses with expert support in Leadership Coaching, Team Development and Performance Coaching, Executive Coaching, Mentoring, Training and Behavioural Profiling and help in getting the best from you and your people. If you’d like to have a chat and a coffee to discuss how we can help you, we’d love to talk. Call us on:

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