A Land of Entrepreneurs
I have noticed an interesting thing about Jordan. Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. They teach classes about it to students at University. When I heard this I was, frankly, appalled. Don't get me wrong, entrepreneurship is a fine thing. It makes the world go around. But, in the US, people typically go work for someone for a number of years, gain a knowledge of business, then go out and start their own company. In short, they know something about being an employee before they become an employer. In fact, most people work at some point for a big company before hanging out their shingle. In Jordan, not so.
Everyone wants to own their own business. Kids out of college talk about starting their company. And, let me tell you they haven't the first clue about being an employee. They definitely don't have any idea how to manage or treat others as an employer. You see companies that put up video cameras to make sure their employees are working enough (do they have them in the bathrooms?). They disable all access to the internet, legitimate or not. They treat people like slaves rather than valued workers who voluntarily get up every morning and come in to work. Somehow, this professional immaturity manifests itself in poor management, poor leadership, and poor "humanship". So, I'm making a new call. Let's stop teaching entrepreneurship in Jordan and start teaching professionalism courses. Let's teach people first how to work FOR others and then we can worry about teaching others to work for them!