For some time now, I have been advocating (here and here) the idea of getting a reverse mentor. (In fact, I even have a reverse mentor. His name is Simon Anderson and he is one of the most promising young futurists I know.)
Why a reverse mentor? The world is moving so fast that it stands to reason that while younger people won’t have the same amount of experience as someone older, they will have a different type of experience. For example, they’ll understand how to use technology in a different manner; they’ll have a better appreciation for the benefits of social networking; or, more simply, they’ll just see–and think about–the world differently.
If you’re an old fogy and still don’t like the idea of listening to or learning from someone younger than yourself, checkout this article from that bastion of old fogyism, The Wall Street Journal. Yesterday, it ran an article entitled Reverse Mentoring Cracks Workplace.
If you haven’t already, I suggest you find yourself a reverse mentor now!