Presence and gentleness in coaching with Anthony McCann

Written by Stuart Haden on July 9, 2014

Here are my reflections on the European Mentoring and Coaching Council’s (EMCC) research conference. I was delighted to attend Anthony McCann’s presentation where I was struck by his take on to coaching principles – presence and gentleness. I have also recorded a Skype interview with Anthony so if you want even more depth and please take a look at that session.

Anthony introduces two great made up words to add greater precision to what we understand presence to be. ‘Hereness’ and

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Easy access to £2K worth of funding for leadership & management

Written by Stuart Haden on July 2, 2014

Are you a small business owner, or do you know someone who is? This a great new scheme where you can get up to £2K worth of funding. Yes there is lots of funding out there, but it normally requires a lot of fusing!? Accounts, org charts, business plans and a blood sample (!?) required. Which is why I have never applied in the past. But I got the funding after a 5 minute online application and a 30 minute

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Are you ready for the masterclass movement?

Written by Stuart Haden on June 26, 2014

I hope you have enjoyed my recent postings about how to organise a masterclass. I said at the outset I wanted to be disruptive, so I hope I’ve got you thinking about – new ways of experiencing learning and a topic that you could introduce to a group. So if you want more just get in touch…

I run masterclasses to hack authenticity. Plain and simple, hacks that lead to high performance. Potential topic areas include…

1) Being an authentic individual/leader/coach.

2) Ensuring

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How to organise a masterclass – part 2

Written by Stuart Haden on June 24, 2014

I am back on Storm Beach shaking up the masterclass movement! This short vid describes the nuts and bolts of getting a masterclass off the ground, and the good news is – it’s really easy. Just an 8 step process…

Here is the process in black and white…

1) Contact your network to agree the content for the masterclass, their participation and venue.
2) Contact me to agree a date and the final costs.
3) Book venue in principle.
4) Contact your network with the estimated

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How to organise a masterclass – part 1

Written by Stuart Haden on June 19, 2014

As promised I have headed off to Storm Beach with my trusty flip chart and some great ideas to get the masterclass model moving…

OK so dealing with the first problem – open courses can be expensive. Primarily because providers have to market the course and cover costs such as venue etc. Sometimes you are looking as much as £499 for a one dayer or £3,000 as an in-house group. My solution is easy I charge £1500 for the event, with

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Masterclasses and why they beat open courses hands down

Written by Stuart Haden on June 17, 2014

As a creative individual I tend to jump to different possibilities quite quickly. Which is why I am always on the lookout to challenge the human development industry so that it can meet participants needs and break free from tradition. Expensive open courses have been a bug bear of mine for sometime. Value for money can be questionable, unless you are the provider that is! There is no scam to detect, just a more authentic way to deliver the learning.

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Getting the most from coaching in sport – part 2

Written by Stuart Haden on June 12, 2014

Now the World Cup really is upon us as Brazil and Croatia get the ball well and truly rolling. Will flair prevail as the Brazilians delight the home crowds. Or will the coachable Germans and Italians grind out another competition. Perhaps a combination of both will lead to success maybe, the Spanish – coachable yet precise….

As one of the first recognized texts to hit the bookshelves I also focus on the player so that he/she can get the most from coaching, whether

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Getting the most from coaching in sport – part 1

Written by Stuart Haden on June 10, 2014

We can learn so much in our lives and work from the world of sport. With the World Cup only a couple of days away this weeks posting seeks to explore how we can get the most from coaching. Whether you are playing at the highest level or in the park read on…

Are you coachable? And if you are – how coachable are you? These are the two questions that my book (It’s Not About The Coach) aims to answer.

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How to create awesome podcasts

Written by Stuart Haden on June 4, 2014

Content creation is paramount these days, coupled with technology the possibilities are never-ending. I have always been drawn to podcasts, for their simplicity and accessibility. However, I had wrongly assumed that creating one would be far more complex than simply listening. That is until I discovered the Auphonic app.


I am somewhat of an early adopter when it comes to technology, however, grappling with functionality doesn’t always come naturally to me. Auphonic is an ‘audio post production web service

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When and how do you experience flow?

Written by Stuart Haden on May 28, 2014

Personally the path to being authentic needs to be a natural one. One in which we embrace the laws of nature, so that we can harness energy and vitality. But how do we know when we get there? The work of Csikszentmihalyi (Cheek-sent-me-hi-ee) has always led me to describing these states as flow. Now with the help of the Flow Genome Project I have contemporary resources for describing flow states. Ones that I hope you too will be inspired by.


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