Culture change requires a map and compass

Written by Stuart Haden on May 2, 2018

I recently presented at the CIPD’s Learning and Development Show on my well trodden path of Creating a Coaching Culture. Speaking of paths I introduced the concept of needing a framework and direction. But to bring this alive I likened this approach to using a map and compass.

Culture change requires a framework and just like any ‘map’ we should all be able to pick it up and make some sense of our location. Never a linear journey, always dynamic. The ‘compass’

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There is no wall

Written by Stuart Haden on April 18, 2018

The London marathon takes place this Sunday and it always reminds me of a lesson I learnt a few years back. I was training for my first ultra marathon race and it was time to take my training to a new level. I had a couple of days free to run back to back marathons. 18 miles in and I reached my first option for an overnight camp, but I felt like my day had only just began. 8 miles

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It’s Not About The Coach – challenge

Written by Stuart Haden on April 4, 2018

The art of challenge is a curious thing. We need stretch, but not too much. Scientifically we need to push for about 4%. One great way to quantify this is to divide 24 hours of a given day by 4%. A quick calculation will tell you this adds up to just shy of 1 hour.

In the context of coaching an effective coachee will outline the appropriate level and pace of challenge required throughout the coaching engagement. Or if we break it

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It’s Not About The Coach – energy

Written by Stuart Haden on March 21, 2018

I sometimes joke that my first book It’s Not About The Coach will be best understood when I am long gone. It’s been a few years since it was published and I am still (pleasantly) surprised when I come across similar content.

This week I stumbled across a Motivation Matrix for coaches. It provides a really neat way of assessing a coachee’s readiness and clarity. Simply plotting them in one of four quadrants so that you can serve them best.

I describe

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Are you achieving flow for 2.5 hours a day?

Written by Stuart Haden on February 22, 2018

We can be in flow for about 15% of our waking time, which normally equates to about 2.5 hours per day. This stat is probably quite easy to relate to…for a couple of hours a day we act and feel our very best.

So if this is how much rocket fuel we have at our disposal let’s consider using it wisely. When do we need to bring it? Equally when do we need to keep some in reserve, a quick boost

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How flow can help us to keep pace with the rise of the machines

Written by Stuart Haden on February 7, 2018

Being in flow is often reserved for times when you need it most, quite rightly. Important meetings, presentations or problem solving activities that require your ‘A game.’ We talk about optimising the machines around us all the time. Software – updates, upgrades, versions, bugs and fixes.

I apply the same approach to our human software (and hardware). How can we update our knowledge, upgrade our systems, be a better version of ourselves, iron out the bugs and fix our attention on

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Reflection – holding up the mirror to optimal performance

Written by Stuart Haden on January 24, 2018

The benefits of reflecting on performance are easily defined. Who wouldn’t want to sign up to increased self-awareness, an enhanced ability to make decisions, growth and the capacity to generate innovation and the ability to be compassionate. Sounds good right? However, reflection isn’t a silver bullet – it doesn’t always cut through complexity or provide an immediate solution.

Certain ingredients are required. We know that reflection won’t burn a hole in your bank balance, but it does require that precious commodity

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The route to optimal performance – skill, state, story & strategy

Written by Stuart Haden on January 10, 2018

I’ve posted previously about the differences between skills and state. But what next? Well if you can acquire skills and develop your state then this influences your story and your strategy.

Firstly, the stories you tell yourself can vary greatly depending on your current state. When you are filled with confidence your inner critic is silenced. But when you feel overcome with ambiguity, your perception of the story does not have such a happy ending.

This of course influences the strategy –

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Workplace Wellbeing Strategy – free 1-day course: 23 January, London

Written by Stuart Haden on December 18, 2017

Over the last few months I have been busy working with the CIPD to create a suite of courses for a new Health & Wellbeing Series. Perfectly timed for the New Year is an invite to a 1-day pilot of the Workplace Wellbeing Strategy course. Better still attendance is free of charge! That beats secret santa and any stocking filler hands down.

Please be aware that there are a maximum of 12 places so bookings are first come first served. If you would like to attend

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It’s Not About The Coach 7 of 7 – coaching paradigms

Written by Stuart Haden on December 13, 2017

On your marks, get set, coach! Well in this final video (of 7) we know full well that coaches are ready to explode off the blocks on the B of the bang! Here is what it looks like for the coachee however…

In paradigm #1 it’s transactional, our coachees are not ready and they have to start minding the gap. In paradigm #2 coachees are on the line of readiness, they are self coaching and there is still room for improvement.

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