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

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Chapter 8The Coach as Trainer

Let’s start with three images.

First, imagine a lion tamer. Confronting those wild cats, a chair in one hand and a whip in the other, a lion tamer thrusts and lunges, the lions roar and claw, and then the tamer gets those huge hunks of ferocity to sit up on chairs, roll over, and otherwise shame their heritage.

Second, a frequent scene from the Westerns has cowpokes sitting on the fence, watching one veteran bronc buster after another get thrown by a raging mustang.

“Nobody can break Fury,” one grizzled vet asserts.

“Bet I could,” says the fuzzy-cheeked new kid.

The camera cuts to the kid, clinging to the infuriated horse that’s whirling, bucking, trying to scrape the kid off on the railing, all but jumping out ...

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