George Hook on... learning from a master
We can learn a lot from old folks, says George Hook, as he recalls the greatest salesman that he ever knew
There used to be a regular article in the Reader's Digest called "The most unforgettable character I ever met". Every month, an uplifting tale of a very special man or woman was penned by someone whose life had been enriched, touched or changed by a very special person.
The idea might not get the same traction today, as the generation gap in Ireland is greater than ever before. Near-universal third-level education has dispensed with the idea of apprenticeship and learning from "the old dogs for the hard road".
Redundancy has cut a swathe through experience in companies. Men and women over 50 are dispensed with on attractive financial packages, to be replaced by eager beavers who believe that experience does not have a value.