Stuart McMillan

ALTIS CEO

Introducing an incredible Mentorship Faculty!

If you’ve read my last couple of emails, you will know that we are soon launching a new Mentorship Program.   Thus far, through the ALTIS education platform, we have written almost all of the Courses ourselves.  With the exception of a few of the track & field Courses, the expertise required to write these Courses has existed within our own...

What’s wrong with coaching education?

A quick word on coaching education: The sport performance industry has traditionally valued what has been termed ‘technical skills’ (knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, etc.), and thus has developed accreditation processes based upon Courses that teach these skills.  More and more, however, employers are prioritizing the character of their employees, and are less-interested in the typical technical course certification processes.  ...

In coaching, “how” is more important than “what”

Over the last few weeks, I have been talking to a few of my friends in leadership positions in sport around the world, as well as sharing a post on my Twitter account, about what type of things they value in new coaches. My goal in this - besides simply interest - was to better understand what the types of...

We’re Moving!

After 8 great years in Phoenix, we are excited to announce that we are moving our center of operations to Atlanta, Georgia.   Phoenix has been a wonderful home for us, and we have really loved being there.  We will forever cherish the friendships we have made with the great folks at Paradise Valley Community College, Movement Restoration, and especially,...

Bandwagon-Jumping and Virtue-Signaling

When a reply to a recent email simply read “BANDWAGON JUMPER!” (yes - in all caps), I wasn’t surprised - but, as someone who values complexity and nuance - I was disappointed.  In the last couple of weeks, we have received a ton of positive feedback on our latest efforts to support women and minority coaches.  In addition, we have...

Play the Game FASTER

“How do I make my players faster?” As a coach, this seems like an important question to ask yourself, right?  It is! But not the most important question.  The most important question is, “how do I make my players faster in the game?”  Let’s say you train a group of twenty 15-year-old football players for 12 weeks.  Like any good...

How a Great Mentor Can Change your Life

If I had to point to one reason I have enjoyed a successful coaching career, I would say because I have been well-mentored.  Let me explain.  Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. It is the cornerstone to develop expertise in a profession.  Without...

Old Books

I have a rule: if someone I trust recommends a book, I buy it.  Immediately.  I may not read it right away (heck, I may not EVER read it), but at least I know it's there - ready to be read when the time is right.  The trouble with this method is that most people recommend a book they just...

Jamaican Swagger

Back in 2013, I wrote the following post while I was staying in Jamaica with my buddy Donovan Bailey. Aside from doing a lot of nothing, I spent a ton of time at tracks, talking to coaches, watching young athletes train, talking to former athletes, and trying to further understand what exactly it is about this tiny island that enables...

Perfection

I have made a lot of mistakes in my career; as a person, a coach, and a business owner. I'm not proud of those mistakes - but without them, I am not the person, coach, or business-owner that I am today. There is an honesty in making mistakes - a necessary confrontation with reality. People seem proud of their perfectionism,...
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