I was discussing the currently concerning trend developing in the industry with a group of like-minded old gits recently.
The big question was one that should be a worry - where has the flower of youth gone from our industry? Also as a secondary linked issue - why does the average ‘mind age’ of leisure marine seem so antediluvian…
Apart from the obvious concerns of approaching incontinence linked to old age, it also begged the question of new leadership within the industry bring new innovation to its processes.
You see generally the older you are, the more you fall back on the tried and tested, the more reason not to change. Why bother, it's fine as it is…
The old comments of "Well we tried that before it did not work! - are their toilets on this level?" and "Oh that will mean fair to much work to make that change", all come to mind from group meetings.
You see fighting the old ways, the conservative wall of negative thoughts, becomes incredibly draining to those who try to make a change and inject pace.
While discussing our age related ailments over a cup of luke warm Ovaltine (other comfort drinks are available…) we started adding up the ‘youth’ that had got involved over the last few years.
A great number of them had just walked away, too fed up with the ten negative reasons not to try something rather than being given one positive…
So when you scowl at the callow youth suggesting ‘outrageous’ new things to drive forward different ideas, see it as an opportunity.
Harness that energy of youth, guide and support them through the thought process.
Help actually to create the industry's future leaders, not snuff them on the altar of your own old vanities.
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