Failing states and personal states

Written by Stuart Haden on July 6, 2022

Capra and Luisi (in their book The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision) talk about failing states. The parallels and what to look out for at a national and personal level are surprisingly similar. Addressing the interconnectedness of world problems they note that failing states include…

Loss of personal security.
Civil conflict.
Disintegration of law and order.

But what if on a personal level we also experience…


Everything is connected. The failing state is the last part of the connection prior to the potential unravelling of

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Life’s a beach. Or is it?

Written by Stuart Haden on June 7, 2022

Somewhere in my surfing past this phrase became part of our teenage vocabulary – life’s a beach. I have always been drawn to it, simple but effective. Even if in later years I discovered that it was invented to counter – life’s a bitch.

For some strange reason it also created a degree of tension. It didn’t hold altogether true for me. Yes the beach brings us closer to Mother Earth, grounded, our shoes are off. In touch with the sand,

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The collapse of benign authority

Written by Stuart Haden on May 12, 2022

I was inspired by the talkings and writings of Jamie Wheal and Adam Curtis on this subject recently. Describing the collapse of what we perceive to be benign authority – religious, political and corporate.

Scandals that have rocked our trust. Our privacy being used and abused. The giants dodging Corporation Tax. The manufacturers skipping on Compliance. Questioning motive. Being emotive therefore. The list goes on.

In some cases we can vote, maybe with our feet. But what does this call for? Simple, a

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Skills before states

Written by Stuart Haden on March 8, 2022

If you’ve followed my work you’ll know that I am a big proponent of states versus skills. But as I’ve said before let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater as skills still have their place. Often they are the foundation to one’s state. And if the pressure comes on we sink to our lowest form of training, so a strong base is still really important. So perhaps it’s worth looking at some of the skills we need to consider prior

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The future is stranger because you think

Written by Stuart Haden on January 25, 2022

The future is stranger than you think. Not quite. The future is stranger because you think. I’ve always been fascinated with my inability to perceive the future. No matter how hard I try, I can only get so far. Which is often not far enough, and then I give up. But when I was reading The Future is Faster than you Think by Diamandis and Kotler I began to understand why.

In fairness they eased me in, noting “it’s not easy for any of

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Some you win, some you learn

Written by Stuart Haden on January 12, 2022

The overall phases of performance often boil down to 4 things – struggle, release, flow and recovery. To boil this down even further you are either winning or learning. Like many good parallels I’ve drawn this one from sport. A cycling term that I first came across whilst watching  The Least Expected Day. A Netflix produced documentary series focusing on the Movistar Team’s 2019 Grand Tour campaigns.

If you are winning so to speak, you are in flow. At your best, peak

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Never stop exploring

Written by Stuart Haden on December 20, 2021

This is the strap line for the well known outdoor brand The North Face. You won’t find any adverts here but it turns out they are on to something. I was listening to a podcast (Flow Sessions) with Jason Silva who was interviewing Michael Pollan (author of articles and books about about the places where nature and culture intersect).

They described the difference between childhood and adulthood as explore versus exploit. In our childhood we are busy exploring life. Inquiring, penetrating, examining

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Engage in dialogue, not debate

Written by Stuart Haden on November 17, 2021

In Paulo Freire’s book Pedagogy of the Oppressed he talks about dialogue. Where we name the world together. A wonderful mantra for coaching, leadership and life. But this got me thinking about other forms of conversations. Perhaps less useful, or maybe just a right of passage. If we know where it ends, then we need to know where it starts. And where it might get stuck.

Dialogue – not just a conversation between two people. It’s also an attempt to name the

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Start making sense

Written by Stuart Haden on November 4, 2021

It might be fair to say that there is a bit of stigma attached to the word sensitive. ‘Oh don’t be so sensitive’. And for that reason perhaps it doesn’t get the air time it deserves. But after all we have 5 (if not more) senses so we have to pay attention to them.

We need to be sensitive. We need to be sensitive to the conditions around us, and our conditioning. Our energy sources and the things that trigger our

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Introducing The Future is Faster than you Think – Diamandis and Kotler

Written by Stuart Haden on October 13, 2021

In Feb 2018 I posted a vlog – ‘How flow can help us to keep pace with the rise of the machines’. In this posting I tackle the opportunity from the other direction. When I was reading The Future is Faster than you Think by Diamandis and Kotler the first chapter made me realise what would happen when the future (e.g. technology) converges with optimal performance. In short if the performance of technology increases then the performance of humans must also increase.

It sounds obvious

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