There were lots of opportunities for
practice with immediate feedback which helped me to become aware
of my strengths and development areas in coaching. Working together
with the group created good energy during the course and in between.
And one of the best results is that after the course some of us
are a part of coaching community which helps us overcome problems
we face on our coaching journey and also find new clients.
I came to the course in order to become a good coach. However,
I discovered that the acquired techniques and methods help me
daily to support my kids, husband, colleagues and anyone I communicate
with. I have become more aware of myself. And when life challenges
me I solve the issues in a more creative way than I used to. I
can achieve better results, causing less damage to myself and
my partners or colleagues.
One of my missions related to coaching is to promote a coaching
culture in my organisation, both group-coaching and individual.
Some of my colleagues have also started to get their coaching
certification and are helping me spread the coaching culture inside
Ly Sari, Director of Administration, Information
System Authority, Tallinn
At first with the training I had the
joy of recognising that many times I have already used similar
methods as a leader, intuitively. It was then very good to learn
different methods of coaching and to start to use it more effectively
at work and to be more informed about the approach.
I feel that I am more developed and can use the new skills, whenever
I can see they are necessary in my everyday work as manager of
the company. Now I don’t have to think alone about some
questions. I can start to ask questions with my colleagues to
find the best solution.
And most importantly, I’ve started to ask myself coaching
questions to find a way forward. I am using a coaching approach
and training myself to think differently.
Tiina Pille, Member of the Board, AS Profline,
Duncan and Ivar surprised me - in a
very positive way. I have some experience as a trainer myself
and the way these two men managed group processes and learning
impressed me. Every participant is addressed on a personal level
and at the same time the whole group works together. The balance
between fun and learning, theory and practice is well in place.
Putting theory into daily practise is another challenge, but a
year after the training I’m still using it.
I entered the course to find a new set of skills and to become
a better manager. After completing the course, I feel that I can
empower my colleagues more to take responsibility and to find
new ways of doing things.
Tanel Oppi, Head of educational innovation agency,
The training was beneficial in so many
different ways – I learned a new coaching structure and
tools that I can use and I was reminded of the fact that listening
is the most important skill ever.
I constantly thought how coaching could be used in my organization
and how to make our managers great coaches. It was all very practical
and this was exactly what I came for when I signed up for the
In addition, there was one extra bonus that I didn’t really
think about before – all the times I was being coached and
had to bring a new problem on the table. I got to discuss my real
problems, got new insight, ideas and confidence for solving the
problems or moving on.
The training helped me to grow as a coach, as a team leader and
also as a person.
Jaanika Lill, People Operations Team Leader,
Learning coaching together with Duncan
and Ivar is pure fun and learning at once – the course guides
you through various aspects of coaching using theory and practice
hand in hand, step by step. They encourage you to explore and
experience building your learning on your own experiences. This
is what makes the course inspiring – they offer you a safe
journey to find your own way in coaching. I like when they are
honest with you – they let you do your mistakes, at the
same time they encourage you to learn and move forward.
Aside from coaching techniques, coaching has taught me to become
more patient and less judging – it has encouraged me to
explore and be curious, be open to people and listen carefully.
In my team I encourage my team members to explore and find their
own ways, come up with their own solutions and let them have their
own lessons learned. True learning can happen only through exploring.
Katre Eljas-Taal, Managing partner, Technopolis
Group, Director/juhatuse liige of Technopolis Group, Baltics
I particularly liked the way the training
took a diverse approach to coaching and wasnot based on only one
model or approach, such as GROW. Instead it presented various
tools for conducting a coaching conversation.
The greatest benefit for a company using a coaching approach to
management is that it gives more responsibility for results to
the individual without the individual feeling that the manager
does not care about him or her. On the contrary, coaching leadership
creates a situation where a person feels that they are of interest
and that they are not alone in their actions and concerns.
Mihkel Reinsalu, Owner and CEO at Teadmiste Instituut
OÜ and partner at LKM Talent Group OÜ
Growing from specialist to a leader
is always a complex task. We all know the practical side of the
project, but how to build a proper team and guide them to take
their own decisions is the challenging part. The training was
a great help in improving my personal leadership skills and equipping
me with the toolbox to coach every member of my team personally
and to transform their teamwork productivity to a new level.
It also helped me in achieving a balance and harmony between my
personal and work life.
The 6 days of inspiring learning and sustained practice of various
real-life situations not only helped me to become a better person,
but it was a true joy to find new kindred spirits to share the
Mary-Liis Kütt, PhD., Project coordinator,
Centre of Food and Fermentation Technologies
I have made changes that I never believed were needed.
To go inside yourself might be the hardest thing you do, but when
its done well - its amazing and powerful. Using coaching skills,
I connected to a level that I had not done before and this has
taught and developed me more than anything else.
Being available to listen has value, and being able to ask questions
to support the other person’s journey makes the difference.
Coaching has been a great help to me and my organization and,
with an excellent skillset from Duncan and Ivar, I will continue
on this road.
I have become a better person, friend, husband and leader.
Erkki Ehand, Operational excellence in Manufacturing
When people of diverse backgrounds and
needs come together - it is a rewarding experience!
I had developed essential coaching skills during my leadership
practice in the past, but my knowledge framework was somewhat
fragile. This training helped me organize my existing ideas and
experiences and combine it with new learning.
I am now more confident and willing to offer individual coaching
as part of my leadership training programs. I have also developed
the motivation to become ICF credentialed as a coach.
Agne Puusar, Leadership trainer and HR consultant,
The training was very meaningful and
well structured. Most of all I liked that we immediately followed
up our theoretical knowledge with practical tasks and applied
them in practice at our work, conducting various coaching sessions.
In addition, I learned very valuable techniques to increase my
personal effectiveness and coaching skills.
As a result, I became more confident. By learning coaching, I
have increased my level of personal and professional growth, and
helped people solve their problems. My personal management quality
index for 2 years increased by 50% (Kantar TNS).
Thanks to the knowledge and skills I gained, I was able to get
a more responsible position in the company, made a number of changes
that the team needed, and at the same time kept the high level
of commitment of employees.
Olga Zaitseva, Large-scale Energy Production
HR Leading Partner, Eesti Energia AS
Excellent program, the structure is
very nicely built up and supported by examples and practice work.
Really like that everybody is involved during the training program.
It´s a way of thinking and acting that you take with you
after the training and which supports you to achieve goals and
gain another prespective whatever area or challenges you are working
on. Really happy that I decided to take this journey in my life.
Margit Oja, Purchase Manager, AQ Lasertool OÜ
The Coaching Mastery Training with Ivar
and Duncan was great. What I love so much about learning coaching
is that it's a skill that I can use in my work and also my everyday
life. There was enough time between the workshops, so I could
practice the techniques in the meantime and it was great to discuss
them afterward with the rest of the "classmates". I
grew a lot through that process myself.
Katrin Kiviselg, Partner at Northstar Consulting.
Pure coaching was a fresh perspective.
Experience and expertise were certainly there – not only
in terms of coaching but also a wider perspective on business
and people development. We have great people in our companies
but often we do not know how to get them performing at their best.
When you have enough experience in your field of business it will
easily become a habit to tell people what to do because you think
you know best. At the same time you are actually slowing the growth
and development of the organization. For me it was a good reflection
of my own behaviour and training to listen better, to understand
better and to ask better questions that will develop my team of
leaders. It is important to focus and needs training to make it
stick as your daily behaviour – at least for me it was this
People often know the right answers or at least the best answers
in the circumstances – you just have to guide them towards
them. I certainly got a strong reminder about that. When running
a busy schedule and many meetings it proves over and over again
that most things start with listening and understanding. This
is a focus that needs to be repeated and well understood. I also
believe that my personal leadership toolkit got a few tips and
tricks that I was not so familiar with before.
Keijo Kaasik, Managing Director
Participation in the coaching training was extremely
useful, as it invited participants to think about how to communicate
with their colleagues and teams in a more efficient way and help
them to realise their full potential by finding the answers themselves.
Coaching exercises during the course were very practical and helped
to test out all the new knowledge acquired during the course.
I find coaching skills useful in my everyday work life, working
with my teams that consist of different personalities and working
Birgit Lüüs, Deputy Head of Department
of Citizenship and Migration Policy, Estonian Ministry of the
I had come across coaching during other
trainings and workshops, but this course was a game changer for
me. Not only did it help me to work through all the complicated
issues in my life during a turbulent period, I also developed my
coaching skills in leaps and bounds each module in an open and caring
atmosphere. Ivar and Duncan are simply a powerhouse team - articulate
and supportive mentors with extensive professional knowledge and
In my organization many people now have coaches, and the demand
to know and learn more is only increasing. Moreover, a few of us
are studying to also become internal coaches. As for me, the course
had such an impact that I discovered coaching as my greatest passion.
I am now in the process of transitioning into becoming a full-time
coach, and just recently obtained a professional ICF credential.
If you want to seek clarity, raise awareness, or better organize
your life and organization, I highly recommend you make the investment
in yourself and take the course.
Priit Lumi, CEO, Centre of Food and Fermentation
I especially enjoyed this program as it included
deeper layers of coaching and Duncan goes more into the personal
dimension than general trainings usually do.
I have previously attended a couple of pre-certification full
trainings and found that Duncan’s approach had many new
ideas and angles on both how to deal with more complicated situations
and/or clients and how to use some additional tools and techniques.
Heigo Kaldra, Country Manager, Manpower Estonia
The coaching training held by Duncan and Ivar was
an inspiring way to learn more about myself and how to help other
people finding the solutions. It gave me a toolbox that I can
use whenever I need to encourage somebody.
Priit Kello, CEO, R-FIX