Don’t hammer it home

Research states that describing coaching and mentoring as ‘tools’ is outdated and neglects the needs of the learner Bob Garvey In the past, social research attempted to emulate the natural sciences by adopting cause and effect methodologies. The application of such thinking is found in the management practices of F W Taylor. Formulated nearly 100 years ago, Taylor’s concept of “management as engineering” or “scientific management” seems to have continued into the present day through the language of “tools”. The logic is simple: if management is perceived as engineering, managers must use tools and have toolboxes to put them in. […]

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