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About me - Stefano Bartoli

About Me

Stefano Bartoli was born in Siena (Italy) on 8th April 1984 and from a very young age he began to travel and live in different countries, coming into contact with the main cultures of each continent.

He graduated in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Siena and then he studied Hispanic Linguistics and Philology by winning a scholarship at the University of Seville in Spain.

When he returned to Italy, he specialized in “Business Communication and International Organizations” at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

At that time, he also attended Prof. Giorgio Nardone’s Master in “Strategic Communication, Problem solving and Coaching”, coming into contact for the first time with the strategic approach.

In 2010, at the age of 26, he became the youngest trainer in the history of the Strategic Therapy Center.

From that moment onward, he began an increasingly close relationship with his Master Giorgio Nardone, following and supporting him in all his consulting, training and coaching activities.

Since 2015, he has been the Operational Director of the Strategic Therapy Center and Prof. Nardone’s “right- and left-hand man” enough to have the honor of being the godfather of his daughter Iris.

In this period, at the suggestion of his Master, he obtained a further master’s degree in Psychology and specialized in Strategic Hypnosis.

Since 2018 he has been appointed as subject expert in Leadership at the Luiss University in Rome.

Dr. Bartoli is an international trainer of the strategic model and he teaches yearly in clinical and managerial advanced training masters and in universities in the following countries: Russia, Belarus, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, United States, France, Spain, Romania, Belgium and Italy.

His knowledge of management strategic communication and business combined with problem solving strategies made him a consultant for large companies and multinational corporations.

Dr. Bartoli has used advanced coaching techniques for years to help people solve problems, enhance their performance and develop and improve their talents.

To this day, he is the coach of many top managers, athletes and professional artists and has personally trained famous Italian and foreign coaches to strengthen their leadership skills.

Always passionate about cultures, lifestyles and philosophies he deepened the study of Zen, Japanese Shintoism, Yoga and Christianity.

He holds a 3rd dan in Aikido which practices since 2001.

He was a student of the Japanese Masters Yoshigasaki and Toshiaki and he teaches in his dojo in Siena since 2010.


Having grown up serious in my practice of Japanese martial arts, the concept of “Master” is for me something that goes far beyond the idea of someone teaching you a technique, a protocol to follow or an approach. This would be a “teacher”.

A Master can be defined as such because their teaching is something that goes beyond the “téchne”, it is something that shapes you and makes you improve by bringing out aspects of yourself that you did not think you knew or by making you reach performance levels that, if you look at them at a later date, you are surprised to have reached yourself.

A Master is the one who makes you touch your limits and shows you how to overcome them by opening yourself to possibilities never considered before.

In Japanese, they use the word “uchideshi” which means “live-in student“, that is, a student who has the opportunity to learn from the Master outside of formal moments of teaching and who, in turn, takes care of their master by remaining close to them.

What I am, what I do and what I can do I owe in large part to Giorgio Nardone, my Master.

There are not enough words to express my appreciation and gratitude to this man.

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