Q:  Do you accept anyone or are you selective?

A:  I am very selective. I work with successful people who want to take their work and life to the next level. I run a small practice with only a small number of clients.  To me it is about quality rather than quantity.

Q:  What is professional coaching?

A:  The International Coach Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.”

My role as a coach is help you:

  1. Become fully self-generative and self-motivated to achieve what you really want
  2. Take smart actions rather than just be busy
  3. Set larger and more rewarding goals in both your personal and professional life 
  4. Focus on things that are really important to you and remove irritations

Q:  How do you deliver your coaching? What does the process look like?

A:  Our relationship usually begins with a personal interview (either face-to-face or by teleconference call) to help me understand your current opportunities and challenges, define the scope of our relationship, identify priorities for action, and establish specific desired outcomes.

Subsequent coaching sessions are then conducted through a mixture of telephone/Skype and in person sessions.  Each session lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. Between scheduled coaching sessions, I may ask you to complete specific actions that support the achievement of your personally prioritized goals.  I may also provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments, or models, to help support your thinking and actions

Q: Do you only coach people in Moscow?

A:  No. While some of our coaching sessions can be face to face, many are done through the use of Skype or by telephone.  This gives flexibility to the seasons, which is particularly useful for people who have busy travel schedules.

Q:  How long do you work with your clients?

A:  The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the individual's or team's needs and preferences. For certain types of focused coaching, 3 to 6 months of working together may work. For other types of coaching, you may find it beneficial for us to work together for a longer period.  The decision is often centered around: the types of goals, the way you like to work, the frequency of our meetings, and your financial resources.

Q:  How can the success of the coaching process be measured?

A:  Part of measuring success is having clear goals on what you want to achieve from your coaching.  Part of the initial work you do will be to determine what are your goals and how will you measure success.  Measurement may be thought of in two distinct ways.

First, there are the external indicators of performance such as increased income/revenue, obtaining a promotion, performance feedback obtained from direct reports, colleagues, managers, clients and customers. 

Second, there are internal indicators of success such changes in the individual's self-awareness and awareness of others, shifts in thinking which inform more effective actions, and shifts in one's emotional state which inspire confidence. 

Ideally, both external and internal metrics are incorporated.

Q: Why did you become a coach?

A: In June 2011 my original plan was to retire. I soon realised that I was not quite ready to do this on a full time basis. I realised that one of the most enjoyable parts of former career was helping the people I worked with develop their own careers. It was from here the idea of professional coaching came about. Coaching and the necessary training was a big part of the PwC culture so the jump to professional coaching was an easy one for me.