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“Are You Winning The Longevity Revolution?” by Kerry Elkind

By March 14, 2013 November 25th, 2022 No Comments

According to a respected health economist writing in the online edition of the British Medical Journal, 40% of girls born today are expected to live to 100.  In 1951, that figure was 13%.

Although there have been many revolutions over the past century, there have been none like the one we are experiencing today — The Longevity Revolution.  Well, we may not live to 100, but research shows that we are living an average of 34 years longer than our great-grandparents.  Think of it, an entire second adult lifetime!  The key question is “How are we going to live those years?”.

Being part of the baby boomer phenomenon, I have always pushed the envelope when it comes to accepting societal values and mores.  In the 1990s, I helped redefine how we see ourselves in regard to our relationship to our work.  My book, Free Agents: People and Organizations Creating A New Working Community,  helped a generation of knowledge workers, managers, and leaders redefine their careers and their relationships to their work.   So as I enter my second adult lifetime, I prefer to live it with purpose, authenticity, and laughter.

When Bev and Patricia invited me into their amazing 3rd Act inner circle, I was both honored and elated in the knowledge that I had found my tribe.  I know that Bev’s original vision will continue to guide my contributions to the 3rd Act when I collaborate with Patricia on future projects.  I hope that the experience, tools, and perspective that I bring will add value to what Bev and Patricia have begun.

For the past 15 years, I have used the Birkman Method® to help leaders and teams solve their toughest and most difficult performance challenges.  Using the Birkman assessment instrument in my coaching practice, I continue to help individuals and teams find their highest level of effectiveness, power, and agency.  Now I am excited to bring the Birkman Method® to the 3rd Act community.  The Birkman Method® is a wonderful tool and road map for helping us all in our quest for new significance, clarity, and meaning.  In other words, for helping us shed our old skins, figure out what worked for us in our second act, and embark on a whole new 3rd act.

So if you’re determined to win the longevity revolution, contact us at The 3rd Act::  to find out more about the Birkman Method®.  I look forward to hearing from all of you and joining you in winning your personal longevity revolution with purpose, authenticity, and laughter.



Kerry Weiner Elkind is an internationally recognized expert on improving workplace performance.

Kerry has more than 20 years of experience helping organizations and individuals build and sustain world-class leadership, management, and employee performance. Kerry works with Fortune 1000 companies in a variety of industries to align strategy and performance so that front-line sales and service employees can make a greater contribution to bottom-line results. She has developed and implemented successful initiatives for winning and retaining customers in all types of workplace environments from major call centers to business-to-business and direct sales organizations.

Kerry’s energy, enthusiasm, and passion for creating a high performing workplace and managing talent  make her an inspiration and a favorite to senior leaders, management teams, and front-line sales and service representatives worldwide.

Internationally, leaders hire Kerry to develop, implement, and sustain performance-driven service and sales cultures throughout their organizations. She has conducted leadership training sessions in France, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand, and she has trained leaders throughout the Asia Pacific region.

In addition to leadership training, Kerry uses the Birkman Method in coaching executives to achieve world-class results. She also uses the Birkman Method to help individuals shape their Third Act.  She is a certified senior consultant for Birkman International and for the Mediation Training Institute International.

Kerry co-authored Free Agents: People and Organizations Creating a New Working Community (Jossey-Bass, Inc. 1997) and Service to Sales: Changing Culture and Mindset in Your Call Center (Noble Dog Press, 2007). She also is a contributing writer to many internet and nationally syndicated publications.

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