Awe inspiring environments and why they matter

Written by Stuart Haden on June 26, 2019

The word awesome has crept up the rankings over the years, and the clue is in the name – awe. We need a sense of awe in our lives to gain a sense of perspective. Outdoor environments are great for this, they put us in our place. I have previously posted about a Place of power – or perhaps it’s the power of place.

We often get lost in these environments, literally – or more simply when time flies and our minds wander. But

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Openness – the revolving door of optimal performance

Written by Stuart Haden on June 12, 2019

Riffing off a Stone Roses classic, I wanna be adored. I have to sell my soul. It’s in me. And in order to do so I wanna be in flow. That’s what other people value and appreciate. Someone who is at their very best, giving it their all. Practicing what they are preaching. Backstage I plan to open and empty myself.

OK the stages we operate on might not be sold out arenas but they can still be wide open spaces. Outstanding, all alone, it’s yours.

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Don’t get high on the High Street

Written by Stuart Haden on May 29, 2019

Performing at your very best is a game changer. To get into a flow state you have to be a state changer. Press the release button to shift from the day to day struggle and you’ll soon be in flow. But like many things in life there are always short cuts. But they are often expensive and damaging long term.

Various substances can change your state. Wander down any high street  and in most countries you’ll find – alcohol, gambling, tobacco,

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Free copy of The Art of Coaching e-book

Written by Stuart Haden on May 15, 2019

In a recent posting (New learning needs new media) I shared an e-book on change. This time round it’s a 9 pager on The Art of Coaching that I use as a handout for my 1-day coach training workshops. There are two foundations to the ebook. Firstly, coaching needs to focus on states more so than skills. State trumps skills. If we are feeling confident, brave and in the zone then abilities accelerate. Secondly, it’s not about the coach.  The

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Evaluating learning – challenges and opportunities

Written by Stuart Haden on May 1, 2019

The evaluation of learning often divides opinion. Should we spend the time and energy doing so? Can we accurately evaluate intangible results? If you can overcome some of the following challenges then yes it’s probably a worthwhile pursuit. If not you can be confident that evaluation may not be the answer you are looking for.

First up you don’t fatten pigs by weighing them. Evaluation therefore needs to confirm or change your approach. ROI often gets banded about, but what’s behind

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Making values valuable

Written by Stuart Haden on April 17, 2019

I presented at a conference recently on the familiar subject of authenticity. I want to share it here today because I managed to get this somewhat unwieldy subject down to 4 key areas – define, describe, develop and demonstrate.

Starting with definitions there are lots of different words attached to authenticity, in the video below I share some of the usual suspects. The etymology of the word value gets me every time. Making values valuable already gives an outcome to authentic behaviour.


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The Altered States Economy

Written by Stuart Haden on April 3, 2019

Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal are the authors of Stealing Fire. Described by David Eagleman as “An electrifying, fast-paced journey into the deep potential of the human brain.” In their research they set out to define how much time and money we spend trying to get ‘out of our heads.’

Just think…in the last 24 hours have you reached out for a coffee or alcoholic drink? If you have then you are part of the $4 trillion dollar economy. The conservative estimates

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Richness – notice what matters most

Written by Stuart Haden on March 20, 2019

3 down (selflessness, timelessness and effortlessness) 1 to go and it’s less of a mouthful – richness. This time it’s not a lack of self, time or effort that dominates. It’s an increase in value. Intrinsic and extrinsic reward. Now you notice the pay off. You notice more of what’s around you. More of what matters to you. Optimal performance and its dividends. More P than L on the sheet at the end of year.

Richness is vivid, detailed and universal.

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Effortlessness – where grit gives way to grace

Written by Stuart Haden on March 6, 2019

Having explored selflessness and timelessness the third characteristic of flow revolves around effortlessness. The intrinsically rewarding nature of experiences compels us to do it again. I did it, I loved it and I’d like to do it again pretty soon. If you are deeply committed to a compelling goal it will not feel like a slog. As soon as an experience starts to shift us into a flow state our to do list is long forgotten. Passion, innovation and ease.


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Timelessness – the perception of slowing down pays off

Written by Stuart Haden on February 20, 2019

In my last posting I explored the first characteristic of flow (selflessness), next up is timelessness. This is perhaps the easiest characteristic to notice in the moment because time goes a bit weird. It dilates. Either having the perception of slowing down or speeding up. Is that the time already? Because we are so time poor this perception is very much welcomed. Even in small doses we feel like we have more available time. More patience, more satisfied.

Past and future

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