Magdalena specifically coached me in my approach, presentation style and delivery for a Career Development Fellowship from the UK Government Department of Health, guiding me on visual, eye-catching, memorable content. Her strategy for me was to use tactics akin to a ‘Dragons Den’ ‘Apprentice’ approach to captivate, enthuse and entrance the Panel [while] simultaneously highlight the critical need of my research. We spent 3 hours developing my presentation, honing down to the key essentials that would relay the critical research messages. She encouraged me to embrace new practices and grasp terminology, akin to that in the business and corporate sector, and feel comfortable with its use in the medical arena. At the end of this rather exhaustive session, I felt energised, invigorated and on a ‘high’, not only to have received such targeted input, but also the realisation that I could be successful. I felt I had a definite edge over other candidates. I was successful.
Magdalena has been a truly honest leadership coach who by observing, listening and challenging me, guided me to discover and act on all that I had to offer as Gina and as the leader of my organisation Ojos que Sienten A.C The process hasn’t been easy, but thanks to Magdalena’s experience, I made it. I feel stronger, happier and clearer about what I want. Gracias, thank you Magdalena for supporting me and showing me the importance of believing in what I have build and how more people can make it grow it without having to rely on me, so it has a life of its own. Today I consider Magdalena more than my coach, a great friend I can trust.
I am writing to fully endorse Dr. Magdalena Bak-Maier for the truly outstanding coaching work she did for me. The feedback and comments I received from her were absolutely helpful – critical, honest, humorous, and constructive. In fact, the interview preparations were a wonderful experience for me. Despite the thousand or so applications for ERC grants last year and the fierce competition during the interview stage, I nevertheless received the grant – £1.3 million over five years. This fantastic outcome represents a major milestone in my career, and I am very grateful for the immense support I received.
I wanted to let you know that I have managed to secure my Readership! The interview was actually much less stressful than the mock you have given me, but partly because I felt quite prepared to address the questions with the right attitude and positive structure of the answers. Would not be there without you, I think! Many thanks again, Irina.
She challenged, disturbed and yanked me out of my long winter of complacency and procrastination. I have achieved so much and faced many demons along the way. I don’t think anyone else would be able to tell me the honest truth the way she did. It meant I was able to work on things that mattered most. I have since been promoted, have more productive relationships with my colleagues and feel more certain about where I am going. Thank you!
The Producer/Product system Magdalena worked through with me has been excellent at helping me learn to balance work and family requirements with my own well-being. It’s fantastic!
Magdalena was sensitive, patient and gave me immediate sense of trust. We not only worked through my work issues that were draining me but also examined my overall well-being. I am now more balanced and I have learned powerful lessons from our work together. I am definitely more effective and more aware of my own needs. I have greater self-belief and feel positive.
Before working with Magdalena I was stuck in a cycle of having great plans and dreams but not achieving results. Our work showed me what I was doing wrong and helped me focus on tangible actions. I am amazed at the results I have achieved in the last few months! Thank you!
Since our meetings I manage time better, wrote and submitted two papers and a grant. Thanks for the push!
Magdalena is an excellent executive coach. Her knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm meant that I always had confidence in her insight and I learned a great deal from the experience. Magdalena uses a variety of innovative techniques to view situations from different perspectives and think outside of the norm. She really stretched me to dig deep, to think about and then explain what was really behind my initial thoughts. This really helped me to find out what was impeding me from overcoming specific obstacles in the workplace. I would strongly recommend Magdalena as an executive coach.