What is coaching
Coaching is an alliance between you and me where we work together to reach your goals, solve problems, and create learning and change. In a series of conversations, we explore what you aspire to create, where you are now, and what you can do to close that gap. Coaching encourages you to take action and make change happen.
Common benefits people experience from coaching include:
- Increased self-awareness and self-compassion
- Improved sense of direction and focus
- Accelerated learning around a distinct topic
- Increased performance in a distinct area
- Increased resilience and resourcefulness
Who is this for
Coaching works especially well if:
- You are excited by the process of self-discovery and continuous learning
- You are committed to your personal growth
- You are open-minded and willing to see things from different perspectives
- You have a sense of need and urgency for learning and change
- You have something to protect and a cause greater than yourself to serve
How does it work
Every coaching experience is unique and tailored to your needs. Coaching assignments typically last 2 to 12 months and include an introductory conversation to create the right context and determine mutual fit, followed by several sessions focused on inquiry and action, and a concluding session to capture learnings and set future direction.
My practice is focused on professional development and effectiveness. Themes commonly explored include:
- Career reflection and planning
- Goal setting and outcome-directed thinking
- Prioritization and decision-making
- Time and task management
- Productive habits and routines
- Deliberate learning
- Dissolving mental blocks
- Mental resilience and grit
What do you want to achieve? Let me know in the short form below, and I look forward to exploring how we can work together! 🙂
I love to enter someone’s world and help them do what they’re capable of. It’s one of the most fulfilling things for me. Besides, coaching also pushes me into my own learning zone very consistently. I’ve grown just as much as my clients did throughout 300+ coaching sessions so far.
Previously, I was the COO at the Effective Altruism Foundation (now Center on Long-Term Risk) for 4.5 years before shifting more time towards coaching. This role allowed me to get a deep insight into the EA community and its values, beliefs, and culture. I’ve worked closely with operations and project managers, community builders, and researchers and understand where they’re coming from. I’ve also worked in several other industries and countries before which helped me broaden my horizon and gain life experience. See my LinkedIn for my full professional background.
A few words on my coaching background: I’m an ACE Certified Coach, having trained with David B. Peterson, former Director of Executive Coaching and Leadership at Google. I’m currently enrolled in several training programs. I’m also a member of the Institute of Coaching at McLean, Harvard Medical School Affiliate. I take a deliberate approach to my development as a coach, and I’m enjoying the learning journey tremendously.
How is coaching different from other forms of help? – Despite having a lot in common with other helping professions such as consulting, mentoring, and therapy, coaching is a distinctive approach. The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” In essence, coaching is a collaborative, non-directive process between a coach and client, focused on helping the client identify and work toward a goal or new insight. In contrast, consulting and mentoring are more directive and focused on advice and guidance, and therapy is primarily problem-oriented rather than solution-focused.
What does a typical session look like? — Sessions are 60 minutes in duration. I also offer 30 and 90-minute sessions, depending on your needs and preferences. We meet via Google Meet, Skype, or Zoom. Typically, we start a session by reviewing progress and learnings since the previous session and agreeing on a topic and goal for the current session. We then explore that topic and find ways for you to make progress towards your goal. We conclude by summarizing and agreeing on a set of next actions that you can work on between sessions.
How often do we meet? — We meet at the cadence that’s right for you, given your goals for the coaching and other commitments. I see most clients roughly every three weeks.
How many sessions will I need? — This depends on what you want to achieve with your coaching. Typically, 3-4 sessions will give you a taste of the potential results. 9-12 sessions is usual for people who want to create significant change. My coaching engagements are open-ended, and the duration is determined by you. You do not need to commit to a fixed number of sessions in advance, only to doing your best for yourself.
What does it cost? — My fee for each 60-minute session is €90 for personally funded clients and €135 for corporate-sponsored clients. The first session is free. If you really want to work with me but money is an obstacle, please let me know on the form. I would love to hear from you and find out how we can both meet our needs.
How can I pay? — You can make payment via bank transfer or PayPal. I bill on a quarterly basis.
What is the cancellation policy? — You can reschedule your sessions up to 24 hours in advance. Later cancellations will be charged the full cost of the session.
How do we work together? — The following agreements have proven helpful to manage how you and I interact and what we can expect from the coaching relationship:
- Your answers: People are complex, and the world is messy. Any answers that I might have for you will therefore miss something important. Instead of giving advice, I focus on helping you discover the solutions that are right for you. I’ll share my perspective where I think it’s appropriate and helpful.
- Your agenda: It’s up to you to determine what you want to work on in our coaching engagement and in every individual session. I’ll help you prioritize topics in a given conversation and keep a focus on the overall goals for the coaching.
- Learning orientation: One thing I’ll regularly put on our agenda is self-guided learning. Coaching is a short-term intervention. In our complex and volatile world, we need to nurture a learning mindset and develop effective learning strategies to maintain progress after the coaching has ended.
- Confidentiality: I’ll treat everything we discuss during sessions as confidential, including the fact that we’re working together. I might share some anonymous information from our sessions with my coach supervisor to explore challenges and learn from them.
- Transparency: Coaching thrives on openness and vulnerability. I invite you to share whatever seems helpful in the context of our work and find out what level of transparency feels appropriate to you.
- Acceptance: You don’t have to perform for me. You can rely on me with your failures and uncertainties as much as with your achievements. I won’t condemn or judge.
- Distractions: It’s important to have a quiet space for calls where there will be no interruptions or eavesdroppers and where we have turned off our email and phones.
- Notes: I’ll take high-level notes during the session. Additionally, you can gather your own notes if helpful.
- Contact between sessions: I’m available to support you via email between sessions. I invite you to send me regular updates to keep the momentum going.
- Commitment: Individual change is a process, not an event. It takes time and energy to learn and develop. There are usually no quick fixes or hacks. Let’s make sure to pick coaching goals that are worthy of your efforts.