Billy Budd LO30233

Date: 06/05/03

Replying to LO30232 --

On Wed, 4 Jun 2003 17:39:31 EDT, Andrew Campnona wrote:

>Some etymology from the authors, 'The word "thuggery' was first coined to
>describe an association of professional people who strangled their
>victims." Can you think of an example of 'an association of professional
>people that would act in such a way?

My very first response to your question was to think of the recent tidal
wave of federations, societies, and organizations rushing to develop
certification processes for professional business coaches. Whether driven
by the gold rush for scarce corporate "training" dollars or by some higher
calling in the interest of academic purity and professional integrity,
groups have come out of the wood work to declare that their methodology,
their approach, their credentials and experience path are the only true
way toward coaching success. I participate in several other groups where
this arrogance has taken an ugly form, overshadowing the (in my opinion)
more substantive discussion of techniques and results and learnings,
successes and failures. I had not thought of this exchange in these terms
before, but now that I do, the word thuggery certainly seems to apply.

Gerald Burch


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