The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as follows: ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving leadership skills and moving towards new possibilities. Coaching is more about having a guide by your side than a sage on the stage. It’s about having a partner on the journey from where you are to where you wish to be. I believe the clients I work with are capable in reaching beyond their current perceived limits and help them take bold steps to achieve their aspirations.
“I went to Matylda looking for help in clarifying our overall company vision, while also working on leadership skills in general. I had met her several years ago, and never worked with her before this, but I wanted to give it a shot.
I had wrestled with the notions of company vision and direction for a long time, but was unable to see it from the perspective that Matylda made me see, which was more in line with my style: process-oriented, and based on my core values which I was simply not aware of before working with her. She helped me rethink several areas of the business too, that had long-standing strategy issues. This has spurred us to redesign several key processes. I highly recommend Matylda for anyone who has tough decisions to make, both at a high level, and in the everyday.”
“Matylda is an astute coach who really understands her clients’ needs. As a startup Founder and CEO, I juggle a lot of things in an extremely dynamic environment, and tend to get my work and personal life entangled. With her coaching, Matylda helped isolate my work life from my personal life, which resulted in a better sense of balance and higher work efficiency. Matylda has closely worked with tech leaders for most of her career and brings out this experience into her coaching techniques, which is a great asset for companies in any stage.
Matylda is great at anticipating problems even before they occur. She is pragmatic, friendly, approachable and available when you need her. I loved working with her and I highly recommend her coaching services.”
“For me, professional development is hard because I take my professional life so personally. But last year, when the pain of staying the same finally became greater than the pain of changing, I knew I needed someone who could help me on my journey of change.
Matylda was a great guide and a truly exceptional coach who helped me assess my situation and forge my own path forward. With her help and insight I was able to create my own professional development map that clearly identifies the skills that will help me become the professional I aspire to be, the goals that will help me develop those skills, and the strategies that will help me reach those goals.
Thanks to her help and guidance I feel more connected and have a better understanding of my authentic self. What’s more is that I feel more comfortable using my authentic self to lead my team, my organization, and my community.”
“With the support of Matylda’s coaching, I moved a startup from a concept to a profitable reality in less than one year. In addition and due to my success, the founder of a multi-billion dollar company asked me to take on a leadership role for a new line of revenue that will result in over $20M annually.
I was determined to gain better insights to my own motivations and, more importantly, to understand how to motivate and empower the people around me to achieve success in an untested business.
Coaching helped me realize I’d had an inaccurate self-perception, believing I lacked focus and critical thinking to develop a clear path to success. I’d previously tried a number of approaches, from self-help blogs to actively seeking mentors, but found they were often unable to give me the honest and critical feedback I needed.
In our sessions, I Identified my own key pillars to success that have become my guide to everything I do. Historically I’d fallen into self-sabotaging traps, but by honing this new decision-making process, I am now able to clearly articulate what my expectations are and empower the people around me to execute on them.
Coaching was exhilarating, challenging and at times terrifying. However as a whole, the process pushed me to go deeper into my own motivations and fears and allowed me to break bad habits that had cost me dearly in the past.“
“I felt stuck with a complex personal and professional issue of great importance to me. Some situations are just inherently difficult and this was one of those, with the potential for hurt feelings, lost friendships and great financial loss. I was doing the best I could, but felt that coaching would allow me to gain perspective and either improve the outcome, or accept the result if it could not be improved.
Through Matylda’s coaching, I was able to talk through my feelings in a nonjudgemental environment and get clarity on the many facets of the issue. I was able to formulate a plan and have it witnessed and reflected back to me. The process gave me confidence.
Matylda was 100% interested and attentive, without getting caught up in the issue herself. She helped me when I needed help and allowed the process to go where it needed to – gently guiding, but not inserting her own bias.
As a result, I was able to act with confidence and the situation resolved with me getting everything I hoped for. Coaching is instrumental and can be transformational, too. You should use it whenever you feel the need.”
“I started working with Matylda during a critical decision-making point in my life. I live in Taiwan and was trying to balance organizing music events, running a hostel, working a day job, and trying to living a healthy life, all while looking to attend grad school. All these elements had been increasingly problematic over the year, but within the first month of Matylda’s coaching sessions, I was already seeing both qualitative and quantitative solutions.
Matylda patiently guided me through reframing how I saw my options, then how to approach those options according to my own values. The hostel and events are running smoothly with regular compliments from guests and attendees. I’ve decided on a university, focus of study, and a start date. My diet and exercise regime improved and, naturally, so has my mental state.
In addition to guiding my actions according to my true long-term goals, Matylda’s method of assisted self-direction also gave me confidence in the choices I made. She did not push; instead she helped me focus on what I had learned, rather than my old habit of ruminating on things that had gone wrong. Matylda’s coaching also gave me the confidence to address new problems on my own. My experience with Matylda has made me believe that nearly everyone would benefit from her coaching.”
I was very lucky to enjoy a successful career in journalism, and later event planning, but at a certain point I felt burned out by working in traditional office environments and the politics that come with that setting. I was searching some career that would feel both rewarding and impactful. I wanted freedom, but even more than freedom, I wanted more meaning. When a contract ended, I knew I could easily find another job doing more of the same, or I could explore the riskier option to go down a new path. reflecting on my career, the most memorable moments for me were 1:1 interactions whether conducting an interview, training a team member, mentoring or building relationships with vendors and business associates or strategizing with a colleague. At this point coaching popped up on my radar and I decided to hire my first coach- not only to experience being coached before committing to it as a caree, but also because I felt stuck and uncertain about the future. Coaching was transformational for me. It not only gave me the clarity I needed to make a career change, but also changed my relationship with uncertainty from one filled with fear to one rooted in curiosity and a sense of adventure. Coaching is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, and it is a joy and an honor to serve my clients in such a powerful and impactful way.
I completed my training at New York University. The program taught me skills and techniques that support empowered client goal achievement by incorporating multidisciplinary approaches, theory, and foundations into the applied practice of coaching. I learned how to support the discovery and awareness of values, bias, and behaviors, clarify desired outcomes and change behavior through the lenses of adult learning theory, contemporary neuroscience, and relevant psychological models, as well as systems and change theories and philosophy. I also completed the Positive Neuroplasticity Training and Professional Course with Dr. Rick Hanson.
Coaching sessions are generally 60 minutes in duration and are conducted either in-person (at a mutually agreeable location), on the phone, or through video conferencing, depending on the individual needs of the client.
Here is how the International Coach Federation (ICF) describes the differences:
Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change. Sometimes it’s helpful to understand coaching by distinguishing it from other personal or organizational support professions.
Therapy: Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual’s emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one’s work or personal life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.
Consulting: Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
Mentoring: A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counselling and coaching. The coaching process does not include advising or counselling, and focuses instead on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.
Training: Training programs are based on objectives set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached, with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path that coincides with an established curriculum.