- Thus Steve Jobs was 42 when he finally showed that he had figured out how to run Apple (1997).
- The founders of Agile and Scrum were all in their 40s and 50s by the time they figured out how to manage the staggering complexity of software development (by borrowing techniques originating in lean manufacturing and then greatly evolving them). They discovered that code and complexity respond to intelligence, not authority.
- Most of those who are now at the cutting edge of figuring out how operate Agile and Scrum at scale are in their forties or fifties or even older.
And now this generation is moving up the managerial ladder. Their initial reaction when they encounter the hierarchical bureaucracy in big organizations is one of shock: why would any sensible person run an organization like that? In some cases, they buckle under and say: "If that's what I've got to do to get my bonus, then that's what I'll do."
In fact, are some of the most radical thinkers, who not only "get it" but are "taking it to the next level", some of the oldest?
Forbes blog: http://blogs.forbes.com/stevedenning/
The Leader's Guide to Radical Management