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What does coaching ask of an individual?

To be successful, coaching asks certain things, all of which begin with intention.

Additionally, clients should:

  • focus on one’s self, the tough questions, the hard truths and one’s success
  • observe the behaviors and communications of others
  • listen to one’s intuition, assumptions, judgments, and to the way one sounds when one speaks
  • leverage personal strengths and overcome limitations to develop a winning style
  • take decisive actions, however uncomfortable and in spite of personal insecurities, to reach for the extraordinary
  • maintain composure in the face of disappointment and unmet expectations, avoiding emotional reactivity
  • have the courage to reach for more than before while engaging in continual self examination without fear

In all my professional endeavours I comply with the ICF Code of Ethics and The Coaching Academy Code of Conduct.

Individual coaching

Effective coaching is a process with a clear sequence:

  • The initial (“intake”) session

The coaching process begins with the initial session (a meeting or telephone call), whose goal is to assess the Client?s current opportunities and challenges, his or her direction and priorities for the coaching process. The initial session is also an opportunity for both the Client and coach to meet and make the decision regarding future cooperation.

  • The three-way meeting

During the three way meeting (the Client, Sponsor, Coach) that follows the initial session  we define and calibrate the goals for the coaching process, its measurements and technicalities such as the process duration, frequency and length of coaching sessions etc.

  • Coaching sessions
  • The full coaching process usually takes 8-10 coaching sessions in the form of face-to-face meetings, telephone calls or via Skype. Between the sessions the Client takes specific agreed actions that contribute to achieving his or her goals. The standard coaching session lasts 60 minutes, the first session being slightly longer (approximately 90 minutes).

  • Reporting progess
  • It is the Client’s responsibility to record and report progress. The Client is requested to prepare a short report after session 4 or 5 and after the last session. The reports are made available to the Sponsor and / or other individuals (e.g. HR Department) upon the Client’s written consent.

  • Closing the process
  • The recommended duration of the full coaching proces is between 3 and 6 months (depending on the Client?s goals and possibilities).

    Team coaching

    The stages of the team coaching process:

  • Diagnosis.
  • The starting point of the team coaching process. The team diagnosis gives the possibility of identifying the team’s strengths and areas needing change and preventing the team from achieving better results. The team diagnosis  uses various tools to give the full picture of the situation:

    – The analysis based on the theory of 5 dysfunctions of team work (Patrick Lencioni) and other tools and methods (e.g. The 360 degrees feedback)
    – Individual interviews with all team members
    – Observations, e.g. during meetings

  • Coaching sessions
  • Focused work with the team on implementing changes in the areas regarded as critical. The process typically takes 5-6 team sessions with 2-3 months between the sessions. Working with the team leader is an integral element of the coaching stage in the form of individual sessions – to develop the competencies and capabilities necessary for driving the desired changes.

  • Closing the process
  • The process ends with the diagnosis of the situation after its closing – reporting specific changes the team has implemented in its performance, conclusions and recommendations.

    The full team coaching process usually takes around 12 months.


    • HR Business Partner, international pharmaceutical company
           I find our sessions really supportive. They are a source of positive energy and thanks to them I have been able to introduce important changes in a number of areas. Now I focus on solutions and look for options I did not use to see. Thank you!
      HR Business Partner, international pharmaceutical company
    • HR Director, energy sector
           Piotr Jankiewicz has been involved in designing and executing the development process for our Talents ? a group of 17 Experts. Since day one Piotr has shown great professional attitude. As a result we have managed to get the Experts? and their Superiors? buy-in, progress in terms of professional development and a higher level of confidence and performance. I recommend Piotr as a professional is ready to go the ?extra mile? to make things happen.
      HR Director, energy sector
    • Learning and Development Head (Global), financial sector
           Over the last 15 months we have engaged Piotr?s services to help us to drive our coaching efforts and, together with members of my team Piotr has been hands on in both the design and delivery of the programmes we have run. As Piotr is so driven by results this has pushed us as an organisation to be very clear about our measurements and I personally appreciate how Piotr keeps bringing us back to these. It is rare for development consultants to do this and it is one of the reasons I enjoy working with Piotr.
      Learning and Development Head (Global), financial sector
    • Event Planner, own business, Warsaw
           If someone had asked me six months ago how many new clients I will sign contracts with, I would have been afraid to give this number. It has become reality though! I have managed to triple my turnover and my profits have jumped, too. I have let ?bad clients? go ? they would take up a lot of my time and order hardly anything. I have decided to work only with ?premium? Clients and I am surprised that there are so many of them out there!
      Event Planner, own business, Warsaw
    • Business Communication Trainer, Warsaw
           Piotr is a trustworthy person, which was important for me while choosing the coach. We have been working on improving some key aspects of my professional performance and I have achieved some goals in a short time, which I believe is the best evidence of Return On Investment. I am happy to recommend sessions with Piotr ? it is easier to face challenges together.
      Business Communication Trainer, Warsaw
    • Finance&Office Coordinator, Training Company, Warsaw
           Piotr?s commitment and his professional approach have helped me to solve problems that had been challenging before. I have identified my strengths and I am more aware of the
      Finance&Office Coordinator, Training Company, Warsaw
    • Dental clinic owner, Warsaw
           Thanks to my sessions with Piotr, I realised where I am ? in terms of developing the clinic I own and manage, I worked out and have been consistently implementing my own ?Success Strategy?, I know my priorities and I am no longer involved in stuff that used to take up much of my time but did not translate into business development. I did not have to wait long for the very measurable results ? during the last 10 months we have increased the number of our patients by over 30% and at the same time our profitability has jumped by almost 15%.
      Dental clinic owner, Warsaw