Growing business is a tough job filled with critical choices. How should the business model evolve? What product development needs must be prioritized? Can a partnership with a supplier, distributor or even competitor accelerate the growth?
Unmanaged business scaling can be long, costly, and hazardous. Therefore, ex-change business growth services support start-up founders and CEOs with a flexible service offer.
“Business coach in your pocket”. Access the library of on-line digital resources anywhere, anytime:
Deep dive with authentic blog articles packed with research, case studies and unconventional advice;
Fuel innovative thinking by taking original and entertaining on-line courses;
Get immediate help with pragmatic free resources on a wide variety of business topics (strategy, product, market, competition and many more).
These free or cost-efficient products are suitable for entrepreneurs looking for a fresh perspective to tackle non-critical business issues.
“The best of both worlds”. Combine personal interactions with digital or virtual deliverables for tailor-made solutions:
Attract the best partners, investors and talent with impactful pitch decks that showcase your value proposition;
Crystalize best industry practices in operational toolkits for your team;
Upskill with interactive workshops on complex business topics (strategy, partnerships, B2B sales, negotiations and more)
These products and services are based on your inputs that are enhanced by Olga’s business expertise and creative touch. As a result, you will get customized visual assets and content, powerfully delivered. This option is most useful for startups and SMEs seeking to capitalize on compelling communication and training.
“Only you”. Enjoy bespoke business services, crafted exclusively to fit your specific needs :
Gain competitive advantage with Olga’s proprietary coaching methodology merging your personal vision with the business trajectory;
Engage your audience with unique perspectives, humor and authenticity via speaking engagements, either on or off-line;
Benefit from Olga’s exceptional experience across multiple industries and geographies when she joins your Advisory Board.
This service portfolio is best suited for accomplished entrepreneurs who want to take their business and teams to the next level of success.
If you are asking yourself this question, chances are it may be beneficial. If you want to make a deeper assessment, there are several factors to consider. First of all, reflect on the challenges you face in achieving your business goals. Is it a lack of clarity, time, ideas, resources or support? If you responded “yes” to any of the above, it is worth to consider coaching. Second, assess your commitment level and constrains in terms of budget and priorities. Coaching can only work if both sides are committed to reach the desired outcome. And finally, research different coaching options and interview several coaches to find the right fit.
Coaching is a very powerful tool for obtain long-term business benefits and performance improvement. But as a business leader, you must be intentional it.
There are two groups of challenges that come up consistently during the sessions. First group is connected to the issues with business growth. There could be multiple reasons for that: unclear strategy, ineffective sales process, unhelpful team dynamics and more. As an outsider, I can provide an unbiased view on the situation as well as support in developing options to remedy it. The second group of challenges relate to the founder or CEO themselves. Their role involves significant pressures, need to multitask, and frequent swings of circumstances. Hence it could become increasingly hard to manage own stress and motivation while putting off daily business fires. The advantage of having a coach is the possibility to step away from immediate tasks and to reflect on a bigger vision for business and self. Like in driving, a leader needs to keep the focus on the ultimate goal while navigating short-term challenges. And sometimes this goal needs to be re-assessed. So as a coach, I will be testing some underlying assumptions in order to uncover real interests as well as potential blockages.
Absolutely. Business strategy and leadership are essential at any stage of company’s development.
Usually, we determine that together with the client at the beginning of the coaching engagement. For individual coaching, the most common structure is one session per week with an average duration of 1,5 hours. For advisory Board services, it depends on the urgency of the issues to address. So it could be rather intensive at the beginning, then fading out to the quarterly meetings.
In coaching, it really takes two to tango. Hence the results depend on the consistent action that have a compound effect over medium-long term. If you are committed to follow through on our agreed action plan, you may expect more clarity, faster progress in overcoming business issues and better self-awareness and regulation.
These resources exist as a self-service offer. So the best would be to test them on your own and reach out for an ad-hoc consultation, should my help be required in applying the learning.
I write on topics that come up in my conversations with founders and CEOs. That gives me the assurance that I do not spend my time on the matters that have no practical implications. Additionally, I like adding a creative twist to each post, so that it’s also fun to read.
During my corporate career, I was regularly asked to work on Board presentations for the most controversial projects. So I had to create decks for the decision-makers who would be challenging every bullet point on them. Hence I learned to be very efficient in the presentations delivered by company executives.
With my current clients, I ask lots of questions about the audience, pitch objectives, competition, potential objections, as these are essential for successful pitches. The advantage of working with me is that I can help the client not only to clarify the points above, but also design impactful slides and train the speaker to deliver them.
Toolkits are a quintessence of business wisdom both within and outside the organization. Such wisdom is derived from a collective experience and often exists in people minds and, sometimes, on their laptops. But what happens when people leave the company because of any reason? They take a part of their wisdom with them. Having a toolkit helps to formalize the existing expertise and to ensure its continuity.
I always work with the teams to design the toolkits that best captures their know-how.
The key differentiator is that they are multidisciplinary and multidimensional. I trust that complex business subjects cannot be tackled from a highly specialized perspective. Rather, there is a need for a holistic approach to consider the topic from multiple angles. For example, in partnership training, there will be business aspects, but also psychology techniques of establishing rapport and overcoming disagreements. Statistics show that 70% of partnerships fail due to the partner issues, not business per se. But that human side is often overlooked in traditional trainings that focus mainly on the process and contracts.
I would work with the client to understand their objectives for the event, key messages they want to deliver, as well as the audience. I will then craft the speech and the visuals to incorporate these inputs. Based on that, I’ll choose the strategies to engage the listeners both during and after the talk. My goal is to make the audience reflect and to inspire them to take action.