Aproject of this scope can only be realized through the outstanding contributions
of a great team of people. Accordingly, the editors wish to acknowledge
the spirit, creative talent, drive, and contributions of many. First,
we’d like to thank our 50 coaches for so generously contributing their time
and best thinking in an honest and open dialogue. In particular, Jim Kouzes
was instrumental in the development of our ideas and our knowledge of top
coaches, and generous with his perspectives and critique....
Projects before 1900 were generally managed by the creative architects and engineers themselves.
Many of us are familiar with stories of the giants who flourished in the latter part of this historical
period; people such as Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723), Thomas Telford (1757–1834) and
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–59). You can read about Brunel in Vaughan (1991). There was no
separately recognized profession of project management. Commonsense, determination, hard work
(sometimes at the expense of neglecting personal health) usually got the job done.
Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to
deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life (WHO definition). In
particular, life skills are psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills that help
people make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively,
communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathise with others, and cope
with managing their lives in a healthy and productive manner.