Manager’s Lessons Go Beyond Baseball

Oct 21, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

An opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor says society has a lot to learn from the example of Jack McKeon, the 72-year old manager of the Florida Marlins.

Marc Freedman, author of Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America and John Gomperts of Experience Corps write, “McKeon’s story
may prompt others to reject the idea that retirement means being sidelined. ”

Mr. McKeon said, “I realize now that regardless of your age, you can go out there, and if you’re still capable of working, fight on. Don’t give up.”

The authors argue that the graying of America means more than “just paying, and the aging of America is about more than entitlements and the cost of supporting a much larger
older population.”

It is also about the benefits of unleashing the talent and experience of millions of baby boomers as they reach the age of retirement. As Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Florida
Marlins and the man who hired Jack McKeon says, “Where does it say you can’t work if you have too much experience?”

Moderator’s Comment: How will baby boomers revolutionize retirement and transform the business world in American? [George
Anderson – Moderator

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