What's Ahead - Editor Tony Thomas summarizes this issue of The Way Ahead.
The scene: A boxing champ of yesteryear steps into the ring for one last time—coming out of retirement, defying all odds—to face off against the current world champion. Movies of this genre compare “old school” and “new school” in the most obvious way, along the lines of aging strength and experience vs. speed and cockiness. The story usually proves that underestimation and disrespect of one’s opponent leads to certain defeat.
In this issue of The Way Ahead, we are not setting up this kind of a challenge match between the old thinking and work style and the new. On the contrary, we are trying to couple the best practices and experiences from the past with the innovations of the present, integrated with active mentoring and dialogue to equip us to tackle the challenges of the future.
The tenets of professionalism remain the same irrespective of the “school” to which you belong. By taking the time to learn, being humble, and being ethical, and by keeping our minds open, we can learn from anyone around us and then can share the knowledge we have gained.
The existing contrasts between the two schools of thought and work are probably more pertinent to young professionals because at some future point, today’s practices will become old school. We have to guard against complacency, always keeping an eye out for new approaches and ways to solve problems so that we won’t come to be viewed as outdated.