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The Classic Pamela Positive: “We Are All Sailing in the Same Boat” – Vladimir Kovalyonok

“After an orange cloud — formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents — reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat.”

– Vladimir Kovalyonok

 

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Vladimir Kovalyonok was a Soviet cosmonaut.  He was part of the space program from 1967 to 1984, and commanded three missions into space.  On his second mission, he spent 139 days in the Salyut Space Station, setting a new record for time in space.  He later served as the Director of the Moscow Zhukovski Military Air Force Engineering Academy, and is a Major General in the Air Force.

The Classic Pamela Positive: Divide and Rule…Unite and Lead

He was brilliant, insightful and troubled at times, too… but this is a great quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

 

“Divide and rule, a sound motto; unite and lead, a better one.”

 

It’s sad sometimes how, per Goethe’s quote above, we at times need to separate into distinct groups in order to have harmony…but in a close future, the habit will be one of uniting…and so a better you, me, all of us.

 

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German poet, playwright, novelist, and natural philosopher, best known for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he started around the age of twenty-three and didn’t finish till shortly before his death sixty years later. He is considered one of the greatest contributors of the German Romantic period. At the age of sixteen, in 1765, Goethe went to Leipzig University to study law as his father wished, though he also gained much recognition from the Rococo poems and lyric he wrote during this period. In 1766 he fell in love with Anne Catharina Schoenkopf (1746-1810) and wrote his joyfully exuberant collection of poems Annette.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe now rests in the Fürstengruft or “Royal Tomb” in the “Historic Cemetery” in Wiemar where his dear friend Schiller is also laid to rest. In honour of these two famous German men of letters, a statue of Goethe and Schiller now stands at the German National Theatre in Munich. UNESCO’S “Memory of the World” list includes the handwritten works of Goethe preserved by the Goethe-Schiller-Archive.

Bio Source: The Literature Network

The Team Performs Better When You’re On The Court- A Story of Leadership

What True Coaching Is

 Coaching is one of the most important things that you can do in life. First, we think of coaches for a swim league or tennis club, badminton, or lacrosse. Yet coaching comes in many forms.

Coaching happens at every stage of life!

Let’s take a look at some excellent coaching.

Check out this video on Steve Kerr, Head Coach of the Warriors—he’s coaching star player Steph Curry on the bench. Curry usually has a 47.7% percentage field goal shot and 43.6% percentage success rate on a 3-point field. Curry holds the all-time record for most 3-pointers in a single season. That’s really impressive. Yet Curry’s shots weren’t going in.

Curry was having a rough night. What do you say to a super star when the going gets rough?

 

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Kerr teaches us to take the long view.

 

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In this video, he talks to Curry about not just his shot—but his overall impact on the team. If you focus only on the numbers, you’re going to miss the bigger impact. Kerr shows Curry his numbers.

 

“You might not be hitting all your shots tonight, but I want you to look at the stat. When you’re on the court, you make the whole team better. The whole team rises to another level.”

 

What Coach Kerr is saying is that,

“Your shot isn’t the only thing most valuable to me. Your teamwork is valuable. The way you inspire others is valuable. So much so, that when I look at the overall team stats, they perform better when you’re on the court—whether or not you make your shots.”

 

Do you have a team member like this? Maybe they didn’t make all of their shots today, maybe they made some spelling errors or made a mistake. But ask yourself another question: Did they make your team better? Did they exemplify your values? Did they uplift the team? And do they contribute in other ways?

 

Don’t give up on coaching just because someone doesn’t perform as well as you’d like them to or as well as they can. We are active, caring, growing beings, not born perfectionists.

 

Look at the whole person, look at their whole contribution, and tell them how important they are to you. Only then, can you help them become even better. That’s true coaching.

 

Get them back on the court and cheer them on.

 


 

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Stephen (Steph) Curry is a professional basketball player, who is well known for leading the Golden State Warriors to National Basketball Association (NBA) championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Prior to the NBA, Curry attended Davidson College in North Carolina, where he majored in sociology. He’s married to childhood friend, Ayesha Curry who is a professional chef with her own cooking show. Together, they have three young children—Riley, Ryan, and Canon Curry.

 

Stephen Kerr is a professional basketball coach and former player of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been the Head Coach for the Golden State Warriors through their last three championships. As a player, he won five championships titles before he retired and became a sports television analyst. He’s married to his college sweetheart, Margot Kerr. Together, they have three children—Nick, Maddy, and Matthew Kerr.

 

1Allison, K. (2016, February 3). Stephen Curry Dribbling 2016 (cropped) [Digital image]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/24689550742/

2 Cox, B. (2013, December 14). [Billy Cox Quote]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/Billy_Cox/status/412037613998977024

The Classic Pamela Positive: “We Are All Sailing in the Same Boat” – Vladimir Kovalyonok

After an orange cloud — formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents — reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat.

– Vladimir Kovalyonok

Vladimir Kovalyonok was a Soviet cosmonaut.  He was part of the space program from 1967 to 1984, and commanded three missions into space.  On his second mission, he spent 139 days in the Salyut Space Station, setting a new record for time in space.  He later served as the Director of the Moscow Zhukovski Military Air Force Engineering Academy, and is a Major General in the Air Force.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “We Are All Sailing in the Same Boat” – Vladimir Kovalyonok

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After an orange cloud — formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents — reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: “We Are All Sailing in the Same Boat” – Vladimir Kovalyonok

After an orange cloud — formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents — reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat.

– Vladimir Kovalyonok

Vladimir Kovalyonok was a Soviet cosmonaut.  He was part of the space program from 1967 to 1984, and commanded three missions into space.  On his second mission, he spent 139 days in the Salyut Space Station, setting a new record for time in space.  He later served as the Director of the Moscow Zhukovski Military Air Force Engineering Academy, and is a Major General in the Air Force.

“We Are All Sailing in the Same Boat” – Vladimir Kovalyonok

After an orange cloud — formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents — reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat.

– Vladimir Kovalyonok

Vladimir Kovalyonok was a Soviet cosmonaut.  He was part of the space program from 1967 to 1984, and commanded three missions into space.  On his second mission, he spent 139 days in the Salyut Space Station, setting a new record for time in space.  He later served as the Director of the Moscow Zhukovski Military Air Force Engineering Academy, and is a Major General in the Air Force.