Leadership Development and Coaches

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  1. This article highlights the results of two important questions within the survey – one on leadership development and one on access to mentors.

The results are alarming: 

–          More than half the coaches had no mentor or access to a senior coach to support them.

The coach’s role is critical. Few other professions have such an impact on the development of our future generations. Both young and older athletes look directly to their coach to role model the types of behaviors which create a successful contribution to our society. The fact is, a coach is a role model and an extremely influential and important leader.

In a study into Leadership in Australian businesses, it was found only 20% of Australian leaders were formally educated, compared with 63% in Germany and 85% in Japan and the United States. Only 50% of Australian leaders had been adequately prepared for a leadership role. The “average” leader spent roughly 7 days per year, or 3% of their time, involved in training for their development and future performance in their roles.

Based on the conference coach survey results, there is a significant gap in either leadership development opportunities for sports coaches, or there is little take up of what development opportunities do exist.

  1. What is the cost of refilling just one role in an organisation? Roughly 100% of their yearly salary in advertising, recruitment services and lost productivity. What are lack of development opportunities costing sport? Some of the costs are not even seen. For example, how many potential coaches (quality coach candidates) neglect sport altogether and focus on their business career because of the difference in development opportunities and other issues.

Bottom line is this, we expect our athletes to learn and develop and therefore we as coaches must also look for opportunities to do the same. 

To view the full Coach Survey Results from the 2009 Evolution of the Athlete Conference covering leadership development, coaching mentors and how coaches get to know their new athletes, visit the website.

You can also access the full Coach Survey Results from the 2008 Evolution of the Athlete Conference covering what coaches’ biggest challenges are and what are the characteristics of a phenomenal coach, visit the website.

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10 Worst Celebrity Plastic Surgeries

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10 worst cases of CELEBRITY PLASTIC SURGERIES that just went awfully wrong. There is so much emphasis on youth, being slender and beauty in much of the world. Especially, it is so true in the Western societies with billboards, TV, star news, the Internet and radio inundating our society with how important it is to have all three of those attributes, or you’re just not of value. Many women have gone under the knife due to this pressure.

Hang Mioku is a South Korean woman, 48, not necessary a star but she’s made repeated headlines in the celebrity news due to her insane addiction; Mioku manifests what happens with many plastic surgeries. She became so addicted to it that she injected cooking oil into her face ultimately. Yikes! As Hank Williams sang these words,”Hey good lookin’, what you got cookin’?”, he should have told Ms. Mioku to use the cooking oil for her dinner, not her face. Remember Muammar Gaddafi?

Heidi Montag had her old breast implants increased to DDDs, a nose job revision, a lipo on her stomach and thighs, a butt augmentation, a brow lift, etc, etc, etc.

Montag shocked the world when she underwent ten plastic surgery procedures in one day. Most of us either don’t know or have forgotten that Heidi has already had two plastic surgeries done prior to her big tune up. Watch out Heidi, don’t go any further otherwise Good God we don’t want to have you looking like Jocelyn Wildenstein down the road.

Jackie Stallone, the mother of Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa in the movie Rocky). She looks like she’s been through some tough fights herself. Actually, her new face is after thousands of dollars worth of many plastic surgeries. Maybe after a few more surgeries she can look as good as her original face?

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop had multiple nose jobs, cheek implants; eyelid surgery, a cleft put in his chin.You name it he had it. He just had too many inappropriate operations.

As for Michael’s big sister LaToya Jackson, she must have used the same surgeon as Michael did before he died. The most obvious work LaToya has done is on her nose.

Pete Burns is a former member of Dead or Alive, who had the top single “You Spin Me Round”. He spent the fortune he earned from his successful music career on reconstructive surgeries after a botched plastic surgery on his lips. It appears he should have kept the money.

Jocelyn Wildenstein, this is the formerly beautiful billionairess socialite Wildenstein, who is also being referred to as the Bride of Frankenstein. She reportedly spent millions on plastic surgeries to win back her estranged husband. He may have run even faster after the surgeries! Joan Rivers, has had facelift, eye tuck, nose job, Botox, etc, etc etc.

Mickey Rourke undergone face reconstructive surgery. Rourke, the once boxer turned Hollywood heartthrob went back to boxing in the early 90s; and Mickey suffered a …

The New Dark Ages

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By Delwyn Lounsbury – THE DEFLATION GURU

The real cause of the coming NEW DARK AGES is linked directly to fractional reserve banking causing fiat money inflation and the massive credit inflation of the past 70+ years. The only cure for credit inflation like we have had is a big credit deflation (See <a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/5405666’);” href=”<a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:ga(‘send’, ‘pageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/5405666’);” href=”http://www.deflationeconomy.com/austrian-economics.html”>Austrian”>http://www.deflationeconomy.com/austrian-economics.html”>Austrian Economics</a>. Thanks to government protection and encouragement banks were able to lend with only small cash holdings in reserve. In the last decade our government in cahoots with the Federal Reserve Bank required no reserves backing your deposits. None!

One world government coming soon! Not a good thing as it may bring on the NEW DARK AGES. Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve Bank and the other some 110 central banks of the world may be owned by a few impossibly rich families that want you to be their pawns, their serfs. The Anglo financial elite along with their military industrial complex, their crony capitalists and religious (and other) enablers want a “DIRECTED HISTORY” toward Maxism and they have the money to do it. These totalitarian globalist elite plan a socialist Marxist future for the world with themselves as rulers. Their collectivist conspiracy is the biggest story in the whole wide world. It is not being told because the elite own the mainstream press and if it is on the mainstream press it is a smokescreen aimed at taking your freedom and liberty. Remember This!

The Anglo financial power elite (The 1,100 mega rich families that control all the world’s central banks – the BANKSTERS) want a one world government. The elite have been orchestrating a weakening of free market capitalism for possibly the last 300 years to scare and grind the middle class into submission and global governance. The coming economic collapse symptoms started with the dot com mania 2000 peak and will offer one-worldism as the solution.

The GREATER DEPRESSION will last into 2016-2018 and result in a 90 percent drop in most asset prices. Gold may drop in half. Unemployment will probably exceed 35 percent.
This global deflationary depression will be twice as big and twice as long as their 1930’s depression that brought socialist and fascist Franklin Roosevelt into power. Every government regulation and law is a price fix that transfers wealth away from actual producers and Roosevelt was the king of new regulations. Roosevelt’s misguided thinking made that depression last seven years longer than it should have and led America down the road to Keynesian socialism in which most everyone now believes government can micro-manage the economy. It can’t in the long run. When government pays to create jobs, where is the job when the project is done? It is better to let free enterprise create jobs that will last. Isn’t it?

Welcome to an Orwellian “Big Brother” society with the leftists like President Barack Hussein Obama doing the elites wet work. Why do you think Obama, the socialist communist Marxist fascist Nazi, …

Reducing Poverty Through Communication

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It has long been a major principle in developmental terms that social and economic transformation involves the free flow of information as well as ideas to spur economic and innovative thoughts and exchange among peoples in the State.

The free flow and access to information can also create an accountable and transparent society, thereby laying the groundwork for a less corrupt and prosperous society. In Sierra Leone the much-heralded poverty reduction strategy paper [PRSP] has still not got the blessings of the Paris Club.

Though various reasons have been advanced for the failure of the Sierra Leone government to win the approval of 1.7 billion US dollars to sponsor the PRSP – It is widely believe that the issue of corruption and lack of an information Act to ensure accountability may be among the raison d’etre for the refusal of the world’s richest club of donor Nations to sponsor this all important enterprise of reducing poverty in one of the world’s poorest countries.

At present however, a fresh book published by the International Department for International Development, (DFID) United Kingdom, has thrown very important light on the using of; strategic communication to fight poverty through PRS paper with the support of multitudes. In this work, undertaken by both the World Bank and department for international development DFID. Countries such as Ghana et al are singled out and used as a classical example on how communication can be used to fight poverty in third world countries.

Although just five years old the PRSP approach is now established as the country level framework for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), set by the United Nations. This World Bank communications experts believe can only be achieved through strategic communications. The authors start by referring to strategic communications as much more than merely informing citizens, rather they say it is the active seeking of the perspectives and contributions of citizens so that they can help to shape policy. They added that it is also a means of ensuring that mechanisms are in place for a two-way flow of information and ideas between the government and the citizenry as well as a Nation’s deliberate effort to build consensus amongst stakeholders about the development strategy the Nation wishes to pursue.

The experts also pointed out in the book that done properly, strategic communications can contribute to PRSP in the following ways: It creates open and inclusive national discourse on policy option, which leads to greater and increased participation in policy making by significant segment of the population. The result is increased support and commitment for the agreed strategy. Secondly, on the other hand it whips up expectation, giving the people a serious sense of what policy options can realistically deliver. It helps to promote transparency and accountability, by full airing and presentation of the facts, citizens can hold the government accountable. Fourthly, it also establishes and maintains momentum because of the engagement of multitudes. Fifthly, it creates or reopens a public culture of citizen …

Kendall Myers: Life in Prison for Cuban Spy

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A judge of the U.S. District Court handed down sentences for Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers, a married American couple that were spy’s for Cuba. Kendall Myers is the son of a heart surgeon, grandson of the National Geographic Society’s President and great grandson of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. Myers was born into a family of great riches and opportunity, went to college at Brown University and earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

In 1978 Kendall visited Cuba for two weeks and was soon recruited by a Cuban intelligence agent. He spied for 30 years from his jobs inside the State Department. He first worked at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and later at the department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. In 1985, he received a “top secret” security clearance giving him a right of entry to confidential information every day. U.S. investigators were made aware of the existence of a Cuban spy in 2006. The FBI tracked down Myers, then launched a sting operation that brought the couple down.

The two were arrested in June 2009 after meeting several times with an undercover FBI agent to whom they disclosed their actions for Cuba. Those meetings were caught on audio and video tape. Myers told the undercover FBI agent he usually took information from the State Department by committing to memory or writing down observations, and in some circumstances he actually took classified documents home. Gwendolyn Myers said she would process the information to be delivered to their Cuban spy intelligence handlers.

Last November Kendall Myers, 73, and his wife Gwendolyn Myers, 72, pleaded guilty to spying for Cuba. Myers was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, his wife got a sentence of more than six and a half years minus the 14 months she already has served. As part of their sentence the couple also agreed to pay back to the government more than $1.7 million, which was Myer’s estimated salary over the years while working for the U.S. government.…

Why we should open our eyes and believe in our Angels

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The importance of believing in Angels.

What if this society was just an illusion, made to create fear and negativity and to blind people from truth that our world still can be a world of love and peace? From an angels point of an angel, this way of life can be made perfect by just looking to find love in every situation. Today, there is constant fear being placed upon people by making people feel the need to conform to every day living that which society teaches us to be, we are constantly told to live by the laws of the land, to make our journey to work and leave no time to relax. We are taught to struggle, life is hard and every day living is a gimick to make you feel under pressure,sad and unavailable to recieve love, forgiveness and abundance to name a few.

From the moment we are born we are taught the way our forefathers have handed it down to us, we are told to live in a society which is non compliant to the rules of love. We are told we cannot feel the beauty of others only if it’s surface and not beauty from within, we are taught to judge harshly and follow suit. We are taught that life is hard and so get on with it, we are taught that we have to be serious to get by, because if you laugh it won’t last long. Society strips us of free will and it serves no purpose, except for the reason of living for money.

Does this make sense?

On the other hand, there is love a sensation that few only sample for a few moments or a few years, we fear it will never last, we are stripped bear to the notion that disbelief wrecks lives. Love is the secret of all things, from the moment you wake up, love is what dwells within us, love is what the energy we use to keep us alive. Most of us never believe in love because it’s been told that it is something that we know little of.  Then we are introduced to our Angels, they are the powers behind the curtain of the illusion which is being disolved as we speak. At spiritual horizons we were entrusted to extend the love that we were taught and send it onwards to each of you, just like beacon of light.

Our Angels are eager to teach you about what love really is, what it can do for you, who is love and how love can change your love around. See Angels as extended arms from your creator which reach down to each one of you, young or old and makes peace with who you are.  Through angel lessons which are socratic in nature, step by step in ruling and nurtured by a graceful achievement, they will teach you the fundamentals of leaving the unwanted behind. Become sacred from a heavens view, you are needed …

The History of Sun Tanning and Skincare

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As far back as recorded history man has had this unusual, special and reverent respect for the environment, especially the sun. This can be seen in primitive societies where people even worshipped it because doing so could warm their souls and also gave them a full harvest. During modern times, people revere it because it makes them feel better. It also provides needed energy and is important for mental and physical operations.

However, what is undeniably obvious with society today is the love for sun tanning. Although this kind of activity hasn’t always been historically popular, it has constantly been a very common practice, even amongst people of different cultures. If you’re curious about the history of sun tanning, read on and learn how people started this kind of obsession with golden brown skin.

It’s All About The Skin

So, what exactly is it about having bronzed skin that pushes you and many other people to sit under the sun for long hours? Both women and men have been on the pursuit for darker skin for years now; however, the days of this well loved activity actually go back further in time than anyone probably realized.

It is definite that civilization today is not the first to take advantage of the rays that the sun gives off, nor is it the first to present a love of showing off golden-brown skin.

Worshipping the sun has been a practice ever since the time of the Sumerians, Romans and Greeks. Although it could be quite arguable and hard to pin point which of them were the ones who started this fad and when it really started, most books that you read would tell you just the same.

The Sun God And His So-Called Wonders

It was believed that the Roman Mythology’s god of the sun is Helios, which is where “heliotherapy” was coined. This activity is a therapeutic exposure to the sun and a term that is widely used today. Ancient civilization used to engage in tanning because they believed it made them more attractive. It’s also said that people who engaged in it felt healthier than before. Hence, they praised the sun because it has the ability to “cure” various illnesses at that time.

It’s A Cycle

The popularity of tanning is considered to be a cycle. There was a period in time in which having bronze skin was not a status symbol. The popularity of having pale looking skin hit the market for some time, but, just like other trends, having tanned skin came back and remains until now.

The Downfall Of Sunbathing

The point in time when having brown skin had a decline is when having a paler skin became a status symbol. This is because most royal blood in various civilizations avoided the sun and enjoyed having paler skin. Having colored skin on the other hand became a status that was associated with slaves or other lower class people. Hence, as the 10th century came, people, especially women, …

Local Councils: A pivotal but disappointing role in Sierra Leone’s socio-political and economic development debate

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Local government structure in Sierra Leone essentially consists of a system of 19 elected councils, broken down into 5 city councils (Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Koidu-New Sembehun and Makeni); the municipality of Bonthe and 13 district councils consisting of the 12 districts   (Pujehun, Bo, Moyamba, Bonthe, Kenema, Kailahun, Kono, Tonkolili, Bombali, Port Loko, Kambia, Koinadugu) and the western area rural district.

While researching the role and effectiveness of these local councils since their reintroduction by the Tejan-Kabbah administration in 2004, I have been especially struck by the political power paradigm shift that has occurred in local government administration, development, financing and delivery of devolved services in Sierra Leone. For while there is understandably much emphasis on the central government’s role and responsibility for nationwide development, it is worth noting that enactment of the Local Government Act, 2004 largely subordinated the central government and Paramount Chiefs authority and powers to the supremacy of local councils for virtually all development activities in the relevant council localities.

In the case of paramount chiefs, their marginal role in the affairs of the council is reflected in their membership of the councils. The Local Government Act clearly stipulated the number of their membership in the various councils, as for example Pujehun district can only have 2 paramount chief representatives in the council and in the case of Bo district only 3 paramount chief members can be represented in the Bo district council.

It is thus the responsibility of the government, opposition political parties, civil society and especially the requisite local government entities to ensure that the decentralization model as enshrined in the constitution and laws of our country are upheld and not allowed to be subjugated to the centralized and non-representative system that operated during the Siaka Stevens era.

I am however especially concerned, as the local councils and the various majority political parties they represent, do not appear to be adequately cognizant of their legal and political supremacy role, especially in spearheading development and governance  within their various localities, and seem to be ceding to the central government and paramount chiefs , though unconstitutionally their powers. This brings to mind the recent Kenema City Council’s decision to terminate the services of the chief Administrator and the Procurement Officer and the apparent decision by the Vice-President, Chief Sam Sumana to inappropriately and unconstitutionally instruct the Resident Minister, East to have the Council reinstate the sacked council employees. Part V1 Section 32 (2) of the Local Government Act, 2004 clearly states that “…….a local council need not consult …in respect of the appointment of staff….”.

The office of the vice-president has no constitutional authority to supervise the local councils as erroneously asserted by Kenema district APC and PMDC party Chairmen in their protest letter of December 29, 2009. The appropriate constitutional body is the Local Government Service Commission, whose composition does not include the vice president, and whose members according to section 36(2) “shall be appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament”. It is my …

8 Reasons Why (n) Obama is a Socialist

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(n)Obama is a raving, race baiting populist. His record, statements, writings and church activities say so. The man is the most seriously under-qualified nominee for President in the entire history of the United States. Underachievers like Grover Cleveland or the abysmal Herbert Hoover look majestic when compared to the community organiser who believes there are 57 US states. The collective orgasmic expostulations around the little man with the big ears hides the relevant and important fact that (n)Obama is the worst possible leader imaginable – worse even than the stupidest man in US history, that obscene anti-semite dimwit Jimmy Carter. The Americans might as well elect Mickey Mouse to lead them than (n)Obama. At least Mickey is honest.

(n)Obama is a classic economic populist, cultural marxist and a raging ‘progressive’ liberal [an oxymoron with the emphasis on the moron]. Not only is (n)Obama the most left-wing Senator in the US Senate based on his voting record, but possesses the most radical ideas garnered from his supporters about redistribution, government’s role to ‘unite’ society, and genuflection to the global ‘community’ [whatever that means]. (n)Obama is simply the most dangerous demagogue to come forward in US politics since Huey Long.

Long was a nationalist-populist during a period of history when authoritarian rule was deemed ‘progressive’. So-called intellectuals supported the twin absurdities of corporate fascism and communism. State management was deemed moral, and community feeling and extremist nationalist ideology in which the individual was submerged into the whole was portrayed as necessary, spiritual and mandatory. Long’s program of populist race baiting; ecomomic management and the creation of ‘us versus them’ rhetoric was part of a troubled episode in which freedom and clear thinking were replaced by blind emotion and state created enthusiasm.

(n)Obama exhibits much of the same penchant for simplistic formulae, state organised parades and speeches; and ego-centricity as any tin horn dictator, populist or Roman senatorial demagogue. (n)Obama is just a pale version of what has long gone on in politics – the pandering to the populist mass by promising some set of nonsense to mask what is really at issue – the aggrandizement of state power. Ironicially the very lemmings and automata who support the little man with no experience, and who say that only they and he have the right ideas, programs and beliefs, are the same small people who cry about freedom, rights and individualism. Their statist program of course would result in the exact opposite of what they weep so emotionally about.

(n)Obama’s socialist agenda:

1. Taxes: The little Black messiah would enact the largest tax increase in US history. This would completely wipe out an already weak US economy and cause capital flight from the US, and from the US dollar, to overseas. There would truly be a deep and profound US economic recession.

2. Trade: Given that (n)Obama’s base are union and government workers, trade restrictions and an increase in barriers would be mandatory. Trade intra-NAFTA and with China would be put at risk. The …

new law questions and answers

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Cigarette ends, littering and Community Wardens.?
In my local authority area (Thanet), it seems that the job of fining people for flouting the new law on dropping cigarette ends in the street is falling to the local Community Wardens – what I want to know is, do these people have any powers of detainment and/or arrest.? If not, how.

Does anyone else think the new law in TN about beer is stupid?
Did you see this?! Now no matter how old you are to buy beer you will be carded! Your liscense scanned. But it doesn’t cover wine, etc. Now on the one hand if you’re going to enact a law like this you should cover all forms.

Florida’s new law on deadly force?
What are your views on this topic? Could you see yourself using this law? there seems to be heavy crime here in south florida; do you think this law will help deter some criminals and help regular citzens feel more empowered and safe. Would you ever consider carrying a legal concealed weapon? You.

Has a new law been passed regarding the refusal of mothers to honour contact orders..?
no its not legal at all. and in regards to the other persons answer( which didn’t even answer the question.) i think moms are alot sneaker then men because courts usualy give into single mother situations and they can get away with more.

Iam curious to know if the new smoking law has had any impact in the UK?
Hi Iam British but work and live most of the time in the middle east, we heard much hype up to the start of the new law but not much since. Has anybody had any experience of changes both good and bad I.

No smoking law UK?
The new law states.. That we are not allowed to smoke in enclosed public places but we are ok in un-enclosed places. I work for an NHS trust. The hospital leases the land of of the local council. That must mean that it is public land. The NHS is a public body. Does it not.

Pregnancy and safe sex protection for 12 year olds?
What do you think of the new law in South Africa to supply safe sex protection (condoms) and preganacy protection (like the pill and others) to kids from the age of 12 ‘without parental consent’ in all State Clinics? i do not think it should be allowed myself.in one way.

Should we have a new law banning things getting banned?
Yes!! I think that most people would behave in a decent and moral way whether or not there are laws there to dictate how we should behave, and people who behave immorally would probably do so whether or not these laws existed. I reckon that without all these.

So I am having a hard time finding access to this new law.?
Fundies are telling me that it is illegal or will be illegal to preach against homosexuality. I …