AC Skills Development Day: Childhood Stories and their Impact on Behaviour
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AC Skills Development Day: Childhood Stories and their Impact on Behaviour

Association for Coaching (AC) are pleased to announce that Dr Sarah Hill and Tony Melville will return this March to speak at our event in Leicester titled: Childhood Stories and their Impact on Behaviour – Daring to coach the Childhood Story. Come and work with Sarah and Tony to explore how your childhood experiences have influenced your leadership characteristics. Members £160, Non Members £225 (ex VAT). Early Bird Discount £30. VAT will be added at checkout. Early Bird Discount until 03.02.20

When: Tuesday 3 March 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: De Montfort University, Leicester Castle Business School,
The Castle
Castle View
Leicester LE1 5WH
United Kingdom
Contact: Sally Bullock

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Dr Sarah Hill  & Tony Melville


In this interactive session, Sarah Hill PhD and Tony Melville will provide an introduction to a conceptual and practical framework for doing childhood story work with leaders, and facilitate an exploration of the place and purpose of discovering a leader’s childhood story.

Their premise is that every leader in the world is shaped by their formative experiences. Whether they are aware of it or not, their earliest memories are influencing the way they show up in the world, how they interact with others, and what triggers their greatest reactivity.

Exceptional leadership coaches  using learning from this field are able to skilfully solicit the childhood story which underpins a leader’s characteristic behaviour, helping them access an unprecedented depth of understanding about themselves. Gaining command of this story can be one of the most transformative acts any leader experiences in a coaching relationship, as it enables them to really understand the formative experiences that influence them in their adult life.

In an overt demonstration of the work coaches must do themselves before working with others in this sphere, Sarah and Tony will weave their own childhood story through the content of the session, creating a unique tapestry of experience. Dr Sarah Hill  & Tony Melville

Places are limited so please book now!


Speaker Bio

Dr. Sarah Hill is a Managing Partner at Dialogix. Her early career in a wide range of different sectors in the UK formed the basis for the behavioural work she does today as a Dialogue and Structural Dynamics Interventionist with individuals, teams, and across whole systems. She coaches CEOs and Senior Leaders from a range of different cultures and countries, within large and small, corporate and not-for-profit organisations. Through her experience as a supervisor of coaches and practitioners in this field she has been described as the ‘consultant's consultant. 


Sarah is author of Where Did You Learn To Behave Like That?. What led to the book was belief that behind every leader’s behaviour is a childhood story that can be a force for good - but also has the potential to wreak havoc, particularly when under pressure. She wants to ensure that those stories can be used positively. She works across the globe and  is an internationally recognised expert in childhood story work.

Sarah’s book has already been endorsed by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen, Best-Selling Authors of Difficult Conversations and Lecturers at Harvard Law School who write: ’moving, sometimes frightening and beautifully told…..with courage and compassion, Sarah Hill shares her own deeply moving story, and offers a model for what change looks like.


Tony Melville is co-owner of Dialogix. He coaches individuals and senior leadership teams of large corporate organisations, government and public bodies, as well as charitable organisations worldwide. He has recently been working in the Middle East, Australia, Latin America, USA and in the UK helping CEOs and their organisations identify and transform stuck patterns of behaviour.

Tony began his career in the police service, where as a detective and hostage negotiator he became interested in effective communication in crisis. Later as a chief constable in the United Kingdom he led a large organisation through the most challenging circumstances strategically and operationally. His expertise was recognised when he was appointed as the national leader for transformational change across the UK police service, leading organisational change and interacting at a strategic and policy level with Government Ministers, senior officials and corporate contractors. He left the service in 2012 after thirty-four years service.

Tony holds a Master of Arts in Organisational Development from Manchester University and a postgraduate diploma in Criminology from Cambridge. He is a graduate of the United Kingdom Police Strategic Command Course and the UK Prime Minister’s Top Management Programme.

Tony has been recognised for his integrity, humanity and equality, which he brings together with his experience of leading systemic organisational change to support all those he works with.


Price and Special Offers

As with all AC continuous professional development events, the fees are offered at a very good value, with an extra special price for AC members.

AC member: £160 + VAT. Early Bird Price £130 + VAT

Non AC member: £225+ VAT Early Bird price £195 + VAT 

Attendance qualifies for CPD and a certificate will be emailed to you post-event.

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