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Manager’s Guide to Effective Coaching, Second Edition by Laura Poole, Marshall Cook

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Chapter 2The Attributes of a Good Coach

Clarke Stallworth glowered at the room full of skeptical editors.

“I used to be really tough.” Then the former managing editor of the Birmingham (Alabama) News grinned.

“When a reporter handed me a story,” he said, beginning to pace, “I knew what was wrong with it and I fixed it! I tore it to shreds!” Stallworth picked up a copy of the local newspaper and ripped it into long, ragged strips.

“And they hated me for it!” he thundered, wadding the torn shreds of paper into a ball.

He kept grinning as he described his conversion from hard-bitten editor who “fixed” copy to hard-driving coach who helped reporters improve their own copy and, in the process, become better writers. He continued working the wad of ...

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