The coaching chronicles: the roaring twenties

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… The 1920s saw massive changes in social, artistic and cultural energy. Economically, there was an enormous increase in the consumption of cars, phones, motion pictures and electricity. The energy was all about breaking with tradition. Phones were the equivalent of Facebook today – people could ask for opinions and contributions on how to coach and get advice from a lot of people, […]

Coaching chronicles: The last samurai

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… The Meiji period brought Japan out of feudalism and into the modern world. Just before this, Japan had been full of Shoguns. These large utility vehicles were excellent for running feudal lords around the rough, untarmacked roads of Japan to rule the land. These Shoguns also allowed increased passenger capacity, so Samurai warriors accompanied their lords wherever they went. In Japan, Samurai […]

Funny Peculiar: Abraham Lincoln

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… Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, but a less well-known fact is that he was also the 16th President of the US Coaching Union (USCU). In 1861, Lincoln took on the poisoned chalice of President of the USCU. This job was a particularly toxic role as the group had split geographically on a fundamental issue – the definition […]

The coaching chronicles

The pilgrim fathers 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… King James I of England decreed that anyone who challenged the value of non-directive coaching and refused to use this approach, would be locked up or banished. This was a bit of a ‘deal’ for the Puritans. They weren’t known for mixing styles, approaches or theories, but for remaining true to the ‘founding father’ – mentoring. The Puritans valued […]

The Coaching Chronicles: James VI and I

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… James succeeded his mother, Mary Queen of Scots, to the throne at the ripe old age of 13 months. As a slightly naive King, it became clear that he was going to need a lot of support, mentoring and coaching to help him accelerate his regal skills. The care of James was entrusted to the Earl and Countess of Mar – a […]

Coaching chronicles: The Elizabethan era

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… Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and was born in Greenwich Palace, London. You may recall that Anne was beheaded after Henry’s Procurement Manager misheard the King’s request to terminate her (he meant her coaching contract, not her life). Elizabeth was known by many names, including the Virgin Queen – due to the fact that she had […]

The Coaching Chronicles: The Tudors

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… The Tudors ruled from 1485 to 1603 and brought peace to England. The Tudor period was probably one of the most exciting in history. The rich were rich, the poor were poor, and the differences were stark. The main man was, of course, King Henry. He was very intelligent and a great athlete. He loved jousting, hunting and wrestling. He also knew […]

The Early Renaissance

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… Galileo is one of the most formative ancestors of coaching. The son of a musician, it is rumoured that his father asked his good friend, Franco Mercury, what his baby son’s first thoughts might be. Franco paused, and in a hushed tone said, “I suspect he would say something like: ‘Is this real life or just a fantasy?’ ” Born an Aquarian […]

The Coaching Chronicles

THE MIDDLE AGES 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… The Middle Ages is characterised by explorers desperate to find new lands, people and treasure. One of the most famous was Marco Polo, a Venetian traveller and writer, and one of the first Westerners to visit China. Polo’s father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, were jewel merchants. In 1260, they all left Venice to travel to the Black […]

The Coaching Chronicles – The Normans

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… An 11th century Benedictine monk described the Normans as “a race skilful in flattery, given to the study of eloquence, so that the very boys were orators, a race altogether unbridled unless held firmly down by the yoke of justice”. Which pretty much characterises modern-day coaches. The French king, Charles the Simple, gave land in the north of France to the 10th […]