Client’s Feedback (Coaching Circles)

pexels-photo-247708Initially I went into the coaching circles course quite sceptical in terms of how much it would help me, but I quickly realized that the sessions were not there to only benefit me, but the colleagues around me and how I can help them passively without impairing their personal thoughts and judgement. The issue being discussed didn’t always matter which made the coaching circle more approachable, as it was a means to facilitate a person’s thinking in a broad sense.

The first session I attended was a difficult one as I’d never given that much thought to my sentence/ questioning structure, which in hindsight, is significantly important in the workplace.

The sessions have definitely helped me personally, and I have noticed how the sessions have affected the way I approach issues. Ranging from noticing people’s body language, tone of voice, to how I ask simple questions in a way to aid the person I’m conversing with to provide the information I need from them without pressuring. I also started to notice which of my managers would ask open ended questions in this way and how they’d been helping me since I’d started find the answers to the tasks they’d assigned me without me realizing.

Olga – I really appreciate that you’d taken out the time to do this for us, and you’ve done a fantastic job at facilitating these sessions and hopefully!! I will have managed to take on-board aspects of our sessions. You always knew when there was sufficient information to drive the conversation forward, and when we needed more time to explore the situations to allow the person with the problem think their issues through before answering the next phase. I highly recommend this course and your facilitation of it to those types who are stubborn/ sceptical (like me!).

Thanks you so much Olga, and all the best in the future!


Graduate Trainee, Global Insurance Company

Client’s Feedback (Russian + English)

Когда осенью 2016 года, мы с Ольгой начали заниматься я знала слово «коучинг», но понимание того, что за этим стоит было поверхностное.

Коучинг-программа Ольги Климанович реально превзошла самые смелые мои ожидания. Каждая из 10 проведенных сессий давала импульс для размышлений о себе. На мой взгляд, познание себя – это самое важное в программе. Разбираясь с собой начинаешь лучше понимать других, учишься расширять свои возможности.

Любопытно, что кроме ответов на самые острые вопросы пришли решения для задач из других областей. Естественным путем, получается достигать результатов, которые заранее не планировались.

Это вдохновляет и дарит ощущение безграничных возможностей.

Дает силы заряжать и вдохновлять других людей.

Безусловно, коучинг – интереснейший инструмент для развития личности. Рекомендую эту программу всем, для кого важно быть довольным собой, своими решениями и поступками.

Ольга, спасибо за программу, за все правильные вопросы, активное слушание, профессионализм и терпение! Надеюсь, на продолжение нашего общения и дружбы )


Директор брендингового агентства.



(English Translation)

In autumn 2016 when we started my coaching programme with Olga I knew of the word «coaching», but had a shallow understanding of what was behind it.

Olga Klimanovich’s coaching programme has surpassed my most brave expectations. Every one of the ten sessions served as a new trigger for self-exploration. I think that self-discovery is the most important part of the programme. While discovering yourself you start understanding others better, learn to broaden your own opportunities.

Curiously enough alongside the answers to the most acute questions there came decisions for other areas too. It was a natural way of achieving results which you initially did not plan for. This inspires and provides a feeling of borderless opportunities. This gives strengths to engage and inspire others.

There is no doubt that coaching is one of the most interesting instruments for personal development. I would recommend this programme to all who values self-satisfaction, the feeling of being satisfied with your decisions and actions.

Olga, thank you for the programme, for the right questions, active listening, professionalism and patience! I am looking forward to continuation of our relationship and our friendship.


Director, Branding Agency



Global Mindset – Where Can I Get One? (Part 2)

As promised in my previous post, here are some of my ideas on how to help employees develop global mindset.

But let’s define what, in fact, we are trying to achieve when we talk about global mindset. For me “global” does not only mean “geographically diverse”, it rather means open to the fact that there might be other ideas and many of them are not better or worse, they are just different. We can take this definition from the Financial Times Lexicon

We would define global mindset as one that combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets with a propensity and ability to see common patterns across countries and markets.

and think of how we can build step to help our leaders develop international mindset. Continue reading

Your team to help you on the path to your next role

I like this idea of putting a team together to help yourself on the path to the new role.

Achieving Your Potential Coaching

I really like the idea of having your own team to help you as you try new things. Pamela Mitchell’s book “The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention suggests friends like these would be a great team:
The master connector is a networking expert – someone with great connections who can put you in touch with others who may be able to help you.

The clued-in colleague is someone you’ve worked with, who knows your strengths and weaknesses and can discern whether an opportunity is a good match for you and your skills.

Warm ‘n’ fuzzy is a good friend who will catch you if you fall and can make you feel grounded in moments of despair.

The drill sergeant helps you get over yourself when you’re paralyzed by fear. They have no patience for excuses, but are nevertheless fully supportive.

The native is someone who knows the industry you…

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Client’s Feedback

So many years have gone by not really in vain but not effectively.

But this is how it has been before.  I am different now, I am changing.  I have realised what I have been doing before and how effective or not effective this has been.

Now I want to be more effective and more successful.  And I am moving in this direction.

Dmitry, Head of Sales Department

Столько лет прожито, не сказать что зря, а не эффективно.

Но так было раньше. Теперь я другой, я меняюсь. Я осознал что и как я делал раньше, насколько эффективным или не эффективным это было.

Теперь же я хочу быть более эффективным, более успешным. И я двигаюсь в этом направлении.

Дмитрий, начальник отдела продаж

Global Mindset — Where can I get one? (Part 1)

About two years ago I was mentoring a young Russian graduate, helping him with the process of applying for graduate trainees programmes at international companies.  Here is the question that he struggled with the most:

Success at Company X requires our employees to have global mindset. What makes you internationally aware and culturally sensitive?

A month ago I started talking to a rapidly growing IT business in Eastern Europe about possible leadership development interventions.  Developing Global Mindset in its leaders was the ultimate goal of the company executives.

How do young people develop it, so that they can prove the graduate recruiter that they have it?


Can senior leaders develop it?  Should they? How? Continue reading

Bosses of all nationalities are only human… With their individual negatives and positives

You cannot say that a line manager of one nationality is better or worse than that of the other – in the end of the day they are all human with their individual positives and negatives.


Meet Ivanna, an HR Manager with almost 20 years of experience working for a large multi-national company. She joined them in Russia where she built an excellent career progressing from a Management Trainee to a number of top HR roles, she worked at a Regional level being based in Moscow, worked on a major HR project for Europe as a member of a virtual team flying to London for team meetings, and then took a risky decision to go on an assignment as Head of HR for Egypt and Northern Africa. Continue reading

Are you making up stories about what is going on?

Achieving Your Potential Coaching

This article from @BreneBrown is a thought provoking on highlighting how much of the time we can be ‘making up stories’ about what is going on.  This rarely helps us – but it is hard to resist hardwiring within most of us to tell a story.  Shall I give a few examples:

  • that presentation went terribly.  I always make terrible presentations
  • my boss didn’t smile at me this morning.  They are really angry at me
  • I messed up that spreadsheet.  I’m never going to make it

Brene’s advice (which works for me) is to slow down and pause.  Get really interested in what is going on.  Ask yourself:   What are you thinking and feeling?  Why? What other explanations are there?

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International Development Assignees — What Happens When They Come Back?

I remember this overwhelming feeling of becoming Head of Talent in a big multinational company in Russia almost 10 years ago.  I thought I will be doing things right, I will be following up on every talent process we had scrutinising all the stages:  from planning to post debriefing, from creating lessons learned to actually learning from these lessons.

One of the talent management tools I thought I really needed to have a closer look at was International Assignments.  We were using them as ultimate development took for our Hi-Pos and getting excited about every assignment we could secure.  But once the assignees were out of sight we would conveniently relax and most of the time would be caught unprepared for them when they would return.  Continue reading

you’re in my space

Still Pondering

I was in a new city; a city I had just begun to call home. With directions in hand and cautions to calm my nerves memorized, I put on my “I know what I’m doing” face, ignored my rapidly beating heart, and boarded the bus for this unknown place.

I had been warned that the bus might be hot and crowded so it was comforting to see only a dozen or so people on board initially, all local citizens, mostly male, and one American, me. I settled in for the long ride near the front and my heart beat returned to normal.

At the next stop a woman boarded and she sat down next to me. An empty bus, seats available everywhere, and she chose the seat next to mine. After smiling a “good morning” greeting to her, I turned to the window to process what had just happened. I chuckled. I wondered. I thought. I squirmed. I pondered some more…

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