Entries by Catherine Rickwood

Leadership challenge: Ignore the generational divide and bury ageism

Highlighting and even promoting the differences between generations is common sport. This tendency creates great headlines and fuels lively debates. And, whilst Simon Sinek’s commentary on ‘Millennials in the Workplace’ is amusing or perhaps even fun, the truth is, in the workplace, we’re more alike than different. The challenge for leadership is to ignore the […]

3 impacts of workforce ageism

Imagine being 55 years of age or above. Or perhaps you are in this age group and through unforeseen circumstances (e.g. redundancy or workplace age discrimination) you lose your job. As a mature age person, on average, it will take you 68 weeks to find your next job. If you’re over 50 and currently working, you […]

Three Sisters Group at TEDx Canberra

“It’s time to look at where we want to go. To create a new future. A different future. A future that utilises and maximises this gift of longer lives.” ~Catherine Rickwood, TEDx Canberra 2018~ September was an exciting month for Three Sisters Group with our Founder, Dr Catherine Rickwood, stepping onto the red dot – […]

The future of work, older workers and the gig economy

Forget the robots. The future of work is already here. Freelancer, Upwork, TaskRabbit, FlexJobs, AirTasker, Expert360 – these are just a few of the many digital freelance marketplaces that are powering the rapidly advancing ‘gig economy’ in Australia. Some companies are even developing their own freelance management systems. And it’s not just younger workers driving […]

Age inclusiveness: lessons from a gerontologist

Have you heard of a geriatrician? Don’t be surprised if you haven’t. They are specialists that we discover when we’re older or when we have elderly parents or grandparents with a range of physical and/or cognitive health challenges. Geriatricians focus on the health of older people – they are like a specialist GP for the […]

Beyond the Great Australian Dream

For decades, Australians have held home ownership to be the mark of status and success in life. However, this ignores the more basic and fundamental role of owning our own home, including physical shelter; physical and psychological wellbeing; and a source of wealth that can facilitate financial security. With home ownership on the decline, what […]