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

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

Are you making up stories about what is going on?

Achieving Your Potential

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

Bicultural — how do we get there?

Yesterday I heard a comment about a friend of mine:

She is not only bilingual, she is totally bicultural.  When I spoke in Russian to her she sounded and acted very natural; then I observed her in the conversation with a British business partner of mine and she looked and sounded very different, but the partner then said that she was fully British in the way she acted”.

How do we achieve this level of biculturalism? Continue reading

Story Spheres — the Art of Mindful Sketching

2015-10-18 14.06.59I always loved drawing, but I could never quite believe I would be good at graphic design until my daughter and I went to a workshop in Kingston. Kate from SketchBetter helped us open up our creativity channels via simple exercises, then led us through a guided meditation and then gave us clean sheets of paper with spheres drawn on them. The result of putting our emotions on paper, composing them in a sphere and giving a title to it was astonishing!

2015-10-20 10.21.19-1Not Allowing

by Olga

Not allowing bad things creep into your life

2015-10-20 10.21.32-1Balance of Freedom

By Vanda

Shows the gradual and sudden change of the shapes, spacing and lines of pattern.  Represents the change of feelings: from being restricted to being free.


On Friday evening, SketchBetter launched with a private view of our inaugural art exhibition, Story Spheres. We’re open at The Art Space above Cass Art in Kingston Upon Thames until Sunday 8 November. 

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Client’s Feedback

Olga is an insightful and skilful coach.

Her straight forward, yet kind and compassionate style, her ability to listen without judging and asking the questions that matter most make it easy to trust both her and the process.

In very little time she created a space that allowed me to reflect, question and challenge myself in a constructive and forward looking way.  She has helped me identify where I can add most value but also where my blind spots are and left me with practical ways of applying the outcomes to my professional and personal life.

I would recommend her to anyone looking for coaching.

Karin, entrepreneur