Somehow ‘coaches’ are more acceptable than ‘trainers’. They are known to have rowed well themselves and they are better placed to comment on the team-work. The metaphor is worth taking further because there is never any question that it is the eight who will do the rowing, but no crew would dream of operating without a coach. The same is true of swimmers and singers who receive worldwide acclaim but do not feel this puts them beyond help by a coach. This sort of relationship, and humility, would be useful to managers.
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