Redundancy: an opportunity in disguise

Edwards, Colin C.
March 2004
Management Services;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p34
Academic Journal
This article discusses the opportunity in the context of redundancy. Redundancy is a fact of modern life. Generally, the loss of a job is always a life-changing event for the individuals concerned. Job losses may result from company failure, merger or downsizing. For some, it can be a traumatic disaster with the same magnitude as the loss of a loved one. For others, redundancy can be the best thing that ever happened to them, forcing them to examine their true life purpose and give them the opportunity to follow their dreams. According to David Major, a professional life coach, the difference towards the approach to redundancy lies in the advice that a victim receives and their personal support network. There is a need for impartial, non-critical, and non-judgmental help, offered whenever and wherever it is required, to allow people to take stock, to regain focus and to create a future. Major says that a professional life coach works one on one with each individual, with no hidden or corporate agenda. A practical and pragmatic approach allows the coach to be partner, supporter, challenger, sounding board, motivator and champion. Moreover, the life coach is the catalyst who draws out the answers, who opens up the options, and who separates the probabilities from the possibilities.


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