At my age now than younger years, the long-term consequence/impact of a PIP-type event is less severe less destructive, including the blow to long-horizon self confidence. Reason? That long-horizon isn’t that long for me as for the younger competitors on the rise. Imagine on a new job you struggle to clear the bar
- in figure-things-out speed,
- in ramp-up speed,
- in independent code-reading…
- in delivery speed
- in absorbency,
- in level of focus
- in memory capacity — asking the same questions over and over.
- in dealing with ambiguity and lack of details
- in dealing with frequent changes
As a 30-something, You would feel terrified, broken, downcast, desperate .., since you are supposed to be at your prime in terms of capacity growth. A research quoted by CNA found that younger members of the workforce were significantly more stressed than older workers. You would worry about “passed my peak” way too early, and facing a prolonged decline … 江郎才尽.
In contrast, an older techie like me starts the same race in a new team, against a lower level of expectation  and have less to prove, so I can
compete while carrying less baggage.
A related advantage — some (perhaps mediocre) older techies have gone through a lot of ups and sowns, so we have some wisdom. The other side of the coin — we could fall in the trap of 刻舟求剑.
Manager and cowokers naturally have a lower expectation of older techies. Grandma’s wisdom — she always remind me that I don’t have to always benchmark myself against younger team members. In some teams, I can follow her advice.
Any example? Bill Pinsky, Paul and CSY of RTS?
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