Coaching and Mentoring: three millennia of one-to-one learning

The discipline of coaching may appear to be in vogue but it has a long history behind it. Inspiring coaching conversations have been passed down from classical times, e.g. in the dialogues of Plato and in Seneca's letters to Lucilius. The oldest epic in Western civilisation, Homer's Odyssey, can be seen as the first 'Bildungsroman' of the coach .Let us start with a review of the Odyssey and then consider some modern developments.

de Haan, E. (2006) Coaching and Mentoring: three millennia of one-to-one learning, Coach & Mentor, the journal of the Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring, Spring

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