IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there Menopausal madness? The taboo around discussing the menopause at work is gradually being lifted, thanks to press coverage including a BBC Radio Sheffield and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour week-long series looking at the impact the menopause is having on women’s lives, and the work of people such as leadership coach Deborah Price (http://bit.ly/2EftDXX). Mostly, the menopause is viewed in a negative light. However, it may be time to question our assumptions when exploring the menopause with […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there   That’s just sick! Want to gauge how intelligent a potential client or coach is? Tell them a sick joke or share with them a cartoon based on black humour and see if they like it. Apparently appreciating jokes requires people to be mentally agile and, according to a study, those who most like cartoons based on black humour score higher on verbal and non-verbal IQ. Researchers, led by Ulrike Willinger from the Medical University of […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there By Liz Hall   Same as it ever was? This month (8 November) sees US citizens finally take to the polls. If we don’t like the outcome, we can take comfort in what we so often cite in coaching – and know from neuroscience – nothing is written in stone; behaviour can change. As artist, songwriter, and social commentator David Byrne wrote earlier this year: “We’re malleable. We, as a species, can change the myths and […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

Introducing a new slot where we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there You’re a creep It could be the way they smile, or the way they stand too close, or perhaps you or your client can’t quite put your finger on it – you just find this person ‘creepy’. Researchers Francis McAndrew and Sara Koehnke have investigated this feeling in an online survey of 1,341 people aged between 18 and 77. They say we feel someone is creepy if we fear they might be a threat, […]

THE COACHING CHRONICLES: JAMES BROWN

Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… By Sam Humphrey James Joseph Brown was born on 3 May 1933 in South Carolina, US. His music career spanned six decades. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, won Grammy awards and was listed 7th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists. His coaching credentials are equally as impressive. James was born […]

THE COACHING CHRONICLES: HENRY FORD

Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… By Sam Humphrey Henry Ford was born on 30 July, 1863 in Greenfield Township, Michigan, and while his automobile credentials are world-renowned, his coaching credentials are less so. With Leo as his star sign, Henry fitted the typical traits – confident, ambitious, generous, loyal and encouraging. In his early career, Henry was a keen engineer. He loved to take things apart and […]

THE COACHING CHRONICLES: LEONARDO DA VINCI

Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… By Sam Humphrey Leonardo, as we all know, was an amazing man. Many have said he was the ultimate Renaissance man, having a curiosity with no bounds and a very active imagination. As a child, Leo had a recurring dream that drove his ambition and curiosity. In the dream he was exploring in the mountains when he discovered a cave. On the […]

THE COACHING CHRONICLES: GEORGE WASHINGTON

Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… By Sam Humphrey George Washington, as we all know, was the first President of the United States of America. He was known as ‘the Father of his Country’, yet never had biological children of his own. Born in 1732 into the gentry of Westmoreland County, Colonial Virginia, his family gained their wealth through tobacco plantations and owning slaves. George was a mischievous […]

YVES SAINT LAURENT

The Coaching Chronicles Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching…   Yves Saint Laurent is one of the most celebrated and successful fashion designers of all time. What is not known about him was his deep passion to coach and advocate for women in the workplace. Born on 1 August 1936 in Algeria, he was christened Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent. His mother spoke often to the boy about her […]

JOAN OF ARC

The Coaching Chronicles Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… It is believed that Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orléans, was born in Domrémy in north east France in around 1412. Her parents, Jacques D’Arc and Isabelle, were tenant farmers and owned about 50 acres of land. Joan came to be known as the heroine of France and is also a Roman Catholic Saint. Joan’s story is not […]