Book of the month

The 100-year life. Linda Gratton & Andrew Scott. To live life as a three-stage flow (education, work, retirement) belongs to a model that matches life expectancy in the middle
of the 20th century (baby boomer generation). In a time where scientific progress shows that those born after 2007 in countries such as France and Italy will live to be 104, life configuration changes dramatically. The new environment is determined by new life stages, continuous transitions, different ways to use our time, generational complexity, new relationships at home and in the workplace and, of course, a new work scheme. Traditional HR structures its programmes based upon those three stages mentioned above. And so do governments when organising their social agendas. But it’s obvious that those born after 1985 live life according to the new codes and that the ones who are between them and the baby boomers (Gen X) are pretty uncomfortable with the status quo they inherited. As the authors say: ‘Companies like conformity, and simple, predictable systems are easy to run and implement (…) The individual’s desire for flexibility and choice will overwhelm the company’s need for systems and predictability’.

To me, The 100-Year Life is as inspiring as the books by Laloux and Bauman. It really changes your world view after reading it.

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