Unemployment Iraqi StyleWritten by Virginia Bola, PsyD
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Consider average Iraqi. Three years ago, there may have been a muzzled press and sinister whispers of secret executions and atrocities against minorities, but electricity and water systems worked, there was order in streets, there were uplifting parades or uniformed troops, a leader standing up to might of western world, and a deep pride in being a citizen of arguably strongest Muslin country in world.
Three years later, men stand in line for few paltry jobs available with security forces, well aware of possibility of being blown to bits for only sin of standing in that line.
President Bush is on a crusade (that was his word) to rid world of terrorism and convert entire planet to Western Democracy and his version of freedom (his favorite word).
America will save world. And if there is nothing left when saving is over, can we wring some sense of self-satisfaction from fact that no despots are left standing on windswept, barren plateau that remains?
Virginia Bola operated a rehabilitation company for 20 years, developing innovative job search techniques for disabled workers, while serving as a Vocational Expert in Administrative, Civil and Workers' Compensation Courts. Author of an interactive and supportive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at http://www.unemploymentblues.com
HOW DOES SPORTS COACHING DIFFER FROM CORPORATE COACHING?Written by CMOE Development Team
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Sports Coaching Versus Corporate Coaching
In sports, coach can rarely outperform those coached, yet in business coach will probably be an accomplished player. One of most successful coaches in National Basketball Association never played professional basketball. Is it possible to conceive of a successful sales manager who never was a salesperson? In sports, coaching is a full-time job supported in many cases with assistant coaches; in business coach has many diverse responsibilities. In gymnastics coach’s span of control is usually on-on-one. The number of “suits” on bench, during a college basketball game, often equals or outnumbers “uniforms” or actual players. Athletes can practice before game and take time-outs; in business clock is always running. Most athletic coaches see themselves as, first and foremost, teachers. Even though word "coach” has become a popular addition to most managers’ job descriptions, we doubt that many would also include teacher. So while playing field and conditions are different, we believe that there are some unique lessons to be learned from sports coaching and applied to corporate coaching.
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