Does increased longevity necessitate population control?
Question: Does increased longevity necessitate population control?
Robert Butler: Well, population control isn't actually occurring I mean in Europe and Japan as populations have lived longer, they have dramatically reduced the birth rate. So, in fact, there is a shrinkage in both Europe and in Japan. Not in the United States because of immigration, but I think it sort of balances itself out. As people live longer, they tend to have fewer babies and as a result they are able to put more resources into the education and the health of the children. So, it has been a very positive thing.
Robert Butler: Well, if you think back to 1900 when the average life expectancy was 47 and you are asking me this question, you could have been thinking we are going to have all those 50 year olds and now we have all those 50 year olds. So, what I think we will see is a healthier, more vigorous population and people in their 70s and 80s than we have had before as a result of medical science and hopefully, people taking better care of themselves.
Recorded on: Mar 17 2008
These things balance themselves out, Butler says.
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According to TwoFold CEO Alison McMahon, a leader who doesn't care (or can't pretend to care) about his or her employees isn't much of a leader at all.
Why do people quit their jobs? Surely, there are a ton of factors: money, hours, location, lack of interest, etc. For Alison McMahon, an HR specialist and the CEO of TwoFold, the biggest reason employees jump ship is that they're tired of working for lousy bosses.
By and large, she says, people are willing to put up with certain negatives as long as they enjoy who they're working for. When that's just not the case, there's no reason to stick around:
Nine times out of ten, when an employee says they're leaving for more money, it's simply not true. It's just too uncomfortable to tell the truth.
Whether that's true is certainly debatable, though it's not a stretch to say that an inconsiderate and/or incompetent boss isn't much of a leader. If you run an organization or company, your values and actions need to guide and inspire your team. When you fail to do that, you set the table for poor productivity and turnover.
McMahon offers a few suggestions for those who want to hone their leadership abilities, though it seems that these things are more innate qualities than acquired skills. For example, actually caring about your workers or not depending wholly on HR thinking they can do your job for you.
It's the nature of promotions that, inevitably, a good employee without leadership skills will get thrust into a supervisory position. McMahon says this is a chronic problem that many organizations need to avoid, or at least make the time to properly evaluate and assist with the transition.
But since they often don't, they end up with uninspired workers. And uninspired workers who don't have a reason to stay won't stick around for long.
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