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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 […]

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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 […]

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Welcome to the September 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the September 2012 issue of the newsletter I remember talking to a head of coaching at a major retailer in the UK a while back (before the economic crisis) who didn’t believe in spending lots of money on evaluating coaching. He said he could see that it worked and that that was good enough for him. Whether it was good enough for the company’s finance director, I don’t know, and certainly it’s hard to imagine this coaching champion continuing to get away with not evaluating coaching in the current climate. We are certainly very preoccupied with return on […]

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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 […]

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Welcome to the August 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the August 2012 issue of the newsletter Mental toughness is a significant factor in performance and wellbeing. Apparently most of us have it, but we don’t know how to use it, say Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk, who have written a book on this theme. In this issue of the newsletter, we feature the first of a two-part series on how to coach for mental toughness- see Highlights. The second part, in the September issue, will focus on attentional control. We’ve set a date for our next coaching conference: 2 July, in London. Our last two conferences sold […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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