"Woods isn't good for the game anymore. He isn't good for himself either. There's nothing to be gained from him rushing back to take part in the Masters." - Mike Foss, "Tiger Woods needs to get right and go away," in USA Today, April 1, 2015. Here is the article.
In this time of upheaval in social mores, what professional skills are marketable and rapid technology developments, Tiger Woods increasingly represents Everyman. Who hasn't found themselves off their game? Or, without a game?
Clearly, there's a need to help Everyman "get" that reality. Have the wisdom to pause. And then figure out what to change and what can be leveraged from the present and the past.
This could be the mission of some thought leaders. Unlike speculating about the implications of an app, this isn't sexy. But the influence and power of thought leaders could create the force field for professional re-invention.
This isn't the first time in history such as retrofit was required. Here is a positive example.
Post-World War II, a growing American economy opened fresh career paths for the masses. Some took advantage of those opportunities, obtained college degrees, worked for Corporate America or started their own enterprise and became Middle Class or even rich. Then there were those who assumed they were stuck in the class in which they had been born.
Here is a negative example. It happened that an advanced degree no longer guaranteed professional security. That began in the early 1970s when the demand for college professors in the Humanities plummeted.
Some chose to continue chasing academic careers and most of them wound up low-paid adjuncts. Or even "gypsy scholars" migrating from part-time appointment in one state to another in another state.
Others embraced reality, paused and experimented with one or more career paths. Before I landed at Chevron in executive communications I had been an insurance claims coder, probation officer and researcher for a state senator.
Both groups likely would have suffered less had thought leadership focused on this trend and addressed our plight in ways that we could "hear." Believe me, my pain would have made me "all ears."