As a coach, I always begin the coaching process by talking to clients in order to get to know their unique needs and help them achieve their goals, while ensuring their growth and adding value to the companies they work for. If you would like to understand how coaching works, click here to watch the videos below.
At InterComm I offer life and business coaching for individuals and teams as well as relationship coaching. What are the key challenges our business clients may have? Extremely diverse, but usually they want to improve their productivity, time management, relationships with supervisors, colleagues, come up with a new strategy, make a decision about their future work: to apply for a new position or quit their job, gain new skills or prepare for a new challenge? And once they have made such a decision, what do they need to do to make their change effective?
In life coaching clients usually seek my support to change their habits (quit smoking, start jogging or exercising, get more organised, find more free time for family or take up a new hobby). They often come because they really want to change something in their life or to work on their key relationships or emotions. The list of goals is long but even though clients may want to accomplish exactly the same goals, their action plan to achieve it will be unique and specific to that particular person.
Although everybody’s path to fulfillment and success is unique, there is still a process that usually includes these steps:
What can clients expect from me as a coach?
During team coaching (I partner up with Manufaktura Osiągnięć), we work on improving individual and overall team effectiveness; team communication and cooperation; members’ integration and their agreement on the goal as well as their alignment on behaviors needed to reach the goal. Team coaching allows team members to get to know their strengths and weaknesses, identify key team values, model behaviours and motivate them to become the best team they can be.
I’m an ICF-accredited executive and life coach (ACC ICF) and a member of International Coach Federation Global. I graduated from Vocational Studies in Coaching (ACTSH) at the ICF-accredited Mukoid Institute of Communication and Development and from a prestigious ICF-accredited Team Coaching Lab in Warsaw (also ICF-accredited).
In my corporate assignments I mainly coach in English (unless Polish is specifically requested) but in my life coaching practice I usually work in Polish. Eleven years of working for financial institutions (including 8 years as internal communications manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London) and PR agencies and my education (MA in English Literature coupled with MBA from West London University) make me fully aware of the various and often conflicting challenges faced by managers and leaders who manage teams and/or projects. My hands-on corporate experience stands me in good stead to support them in accomplishing their goals and in their development.
For me, coaching is a passion that compliments my earlier experiences and competences and makes me an all-rounder to partner with my clients and support them in their self-development.
My favourite topics to work on are: motivation (and specifically when it is lacking, i.e. with procrastination), transforming the way we think about changes, multicultural issues and turning individuals and teams into their very best.
In my team coaching practice I partner up with Agnieszka Polarczyk-Białek – a wonderful person, a great business partner and a super coach). We support and inspire each other, while deeply believing in what we do and in the results we can produce.
As a life coach, I work with individuals and support them in making their dreams come true as well as supporting them in facing the challenges brought about by life. It is invaluable to see clients make profound discoveries or gain new awareness about themselves or about important limiting beliefs that have until then restricted their life.
My clients include foreigners (expats) coming to Poland to live and work, and Poles who dream of going abroad and wish to prepare well for this life-altering experience.
As a strong believer in giving back to society, I also do pro bono coaching. I support teams and individuals working for non-profit organisations (NGOs) affiliated with Sektor 3 (click here to read references from my team coaching) as well as people with disabilities and their families and carers.
As a mother of two (a teenage son with Asperger’s Syndrome and a pre-teen daughter), a wife of a busy radio journalist and a woman who runs her own business and works crazy hours but loves working and doing what she does, I often dream of a better work-life balance. Believe me, I know these intimately: being stressed and in a constant hurry and a feeling of not being able to manage it all and not everything is possible. But I am also absolutely certain that with the right support – e.g. from a coach – a lot of things are possible. Enough to feel happy, content and fulfilled both professionally and personally.
Joanna Czarnecka: ‘Provocative methods in coaching.’
Zbigniew Kieras: ‘Benefits of archetypes – in search of most powerful questions.’
Magdalena Giec: ‘Four tones of voice.’
Agnieszka Grys: ‘Best practice in group coaching and in handling challenging situations when working with groups.’ (ICF-accredited)
Jakub Rozbicki (Mukoid): ‘Team Coaching and Action Learning.’
Joanna Zawada-Kubik: ‘Transformational Presence Coaching and Leadership approach.’ (ICF-accredited)Click here to see all my certificates.
I wholeheartedly recommend Ola as a coach to all those who wish to self-develop and enhance their competences. She is practical and listens carefully, which translates into great dynamics and effectiveness. She has created a foundation for my better handling and overcoming weaknesses. I finally believe that it’s me who holds all the power to work on: increasing my self-esteem, assertiveness, coping with negative emotions and practising more positive thinking. I recommend Ola who will lead you towards your goal and is knowledgeable and well-experienced. It’s worth working on your self-development.
At first I was rather skeptical about coaching, but my mom convinced me to meet with Ola. Already during the first session I noticed how incredible this form of self-development was. With Ola’s help I realised what was important for me and how to get motivated to achieve it. I set a goal that I wanted to accomplish and I knew it was within my reach to achieve it. The sessions with my coach had kick-started a process of changes that I’m very happy about. Ola helped me believe in myself and understand that I’m the one responsible for my own life. Ola, thank you so much for your help and I wish you all the best.
I’d like to strongly recommend coaching sessions with Aleksandra Sawicka-Motriuk. She conducted the sessions with great sensitivity, complete trust, openness and warmth. They were a chance for me to focus just on myself. With great competence, Ola motivated me to accomplish my goal, to change my life, to change myself – and with complete success. Thanks to the coaching I have discovered things about myself I had not been aware of nd everything turned out to be much simpler than I had assumed possible. Each session was productive, creative and a learning opportunity for me. It’s been an experience I won’t easily forget.
Coaching sessions with Ola made me aware of things that had previously been out of my reach. I learned about my default modes of operation that I had until then been unaware of; I opened myself up to a completely new way of thinking and new, non-standard ways of handling various situations. My top priority was to set a goal and define a step-by-step route to accomplish it. With Ola being a trustworthy, empathetic and open coach, I was able to open up myself and give 100% to the coaching process. Ola’s greatest asset as a coach is her ability to listen, her patience and provoking me to answer the questions I had never before even asked myself. After each and every session I felt a new surge of energy and the strength and enthusiasm to work on accomplishing my goal. I’m really grateful for these sessions and I strongly recommend Ola as a coach!
I started working with Ola at a rather important moment in my life – I was changing jobs with a lot of new situations, new things to do and a lot of emotions. Coaching with Ola helped me get a mental closure on the previous job and work out my new reality so that I could focus on what the future would bring for me. The most valuable thing in the coaching process was creating my own mechanism to help me take better care of myself in stressful situations. It works every time and I’m grateful for it!
After each session with Ola I truly felt it was time well- spent. After each meeting I had a specific self-discovery / finding / observation and an action plan. All of that is due to the fact that Ola is a great and careful listener and manages to capture key issues and ask very pertinent questions. She also quickly creates trust which makes it easier for a client to start working on issues of greater caliber. She’s a professional and kind coach.
Ola Motriuk accompanied me on my life-path for 6 weeks. It is a short path in terms of time, but for me it was very intensive and important! They say good parents give their children good wings and roots. Ola gave me (or maybe I discovered them thanks to her?) my wings: strong and large ones – I have become my own agent and awoken my belief that only I have the power to make changes in my life. Ola helped me transform fears, doubt and the hodgepodge in my head into new life plans and specific actions. My new resolve and mantras from our sessions have all been written down and hung in a visible place in my kitchen. I often look at them. Coaching sessions with Ola Motriuk are meetings with a professional coach but for me – on top of all that – they were meetings with a kind, committed and wise person. I’m deeply grateful for Ola’s work!
I’d wholeheartedly recommend coaching sessions with Aleksandra Motriuk.They were an opportunity for me to look at myself, identify my emotions and define what was important to me. During the sessions we did not focus exclusively on my work, but on all areas of my life, which helped me better understand my motivation and goals. Thanks to these sessions, I have become more aware of myself and thought through what hinders and what helps me at work and in my effectiveness.Aleksandra Motriuk conducts coaching with sensitivity and creates the right kind of atmosphere to make you feel safe and trusting. With her broad experience and knowledge, the sessions never follow the same pattern, but are an effective experience with someone who makes you want to work on yourself. Thank you again, Ola!
I met Ola at at coaching school and had the frequent pleasure to have coaching sessions with her. It’s difficult to say what was more valuable for me there: to be coached by her and (with her powerful questioning and harmonious way of being which made me feel safe) - to deal with my challenges and become inspired to act; or perhaps it was to observe a fantastic coach ‘in action’ who uses professional tools and techniques, but is also kind and authentic in her interest in the other person. Amazingly, Ola can somehow find the most accurate and to-the-point questions and provoke you to think so that you end up running an inner dialogue and get to the bottom of what you want. It’s good to be on this inward path together with such a wise coach who doesn’t judge or suggest solutions, but helps you just by listening carefully and inspiring you to think things through.
Already by the second session with Aleksandra my initial skeptical attitude to coaching has been replaced by admiration for its effectiveness. Aleksandra showed impressive professionalism. She never imposed her opinions or suggested solutions. Instead, we analysed different scenarios and solutions that I had not previously quite seen, even though they were at my fingertips. Coaching with Aleksandra was time spent efficiently, and the conclusions I reached have largely contributed to the improvement of my new business venture model.
To whom it may concern Aleksandra Motriuk and Agnieszka Polarczyk-Białek provided team coaching for one of the teams at Sudecka Chamber of Commerce (Sudecka Izba Przemysłowo-Handlowa) in Świdnica between September 2015 and November 2015. Team coaching sessions were very professionally conducted and we’d like to commend our coaches’ knowledge and skills. Working with the team coaches helped me as a team manager understand and clarify our plans and goals. It also showed me ways to improve in my professional life. The sessions also helped me eliminate low self-esteem and lack of belief in achieving my professional goals. The coaches also supported me in finding better work-life balance and better handle stress-related situations in my life. Aleksandra and Agnieszka made me realise what it is to be a good leader, leading my team to achieving success, how to manage my team and particularly how to forge and maintain good relationships and deal with conflicts at work. I believe that working with the coaches have broadened my horizons and my self-awareness as a leader and helped my team believe in their abilities and full potential. Thanks to the sessions I now know how to manage my team, set compelling goals and then accomplish them. Each session was like an injection of energy and openness to change. I can recommend Aleksandra and Agnieszka as responsible, sterling and competent team coaches. In my case their methodology was very effective and efficient and I would heartily encourage anyone to work with Aleksandra Motriuk and Agnieszka Polarczyk-Białek.
ICF is committed to maintaining and promoting excellence in coaching. Therefore, ICF expects all members and credentialed coaches (coaches, coach mentors, coaching supervisors, coach trainers or students), to adhere to the elements and principles of ethical conduct: to be competent and integrate ICF Core Competencies effectively in their work.
In line with the ICF core values and ICF definition of coaching, the Code of Ethics is designed to provide appropriate guidelines, accountability and enforceable standards of conduct for all ICF Members and ICF Credential-holders, who commit to abiding by the following ICF Code of Ethics:
As a coach, I:
1) Conduct myself in accordance with the ICF Code of Ethics in all interactions, including coach training, coach mentoring and coach supervisory activities.
2) Commit to take the appropriate action with the coach, trainer, or coach mentor and/or will contact ICF to address any ethics violation or possible breach as soon as I become aware, whether it involves me or others.
3) Communicate and create awareness in others, including organizations, employees, sponsors, coaches and others, who might need to be informed of the responsibilities established by this Code.
4) Refrain from unlawful discrimination in occupational activities, including age, race, gender orientation, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability.
5) Make verbal and written statements that are true and accurate about what I offer as a coach, the coaching profession or ICF.
6) Accurately identify my coaching qualifications, expertise, experience, training, certifications and ICF Credentials.
7) Recognize and honor the efforts and contributions of others and only claim ownership of my own material. I understand that violating this standard may leave me subject to legal remedy by a third party.
8) Strive at all times to recognize my personal issues that may impair, conflict with or interfere with my coaching performance or my professional coaching relationships. I will promptly seek the relevant professional assistance and determine the action to be taken, including whether it is appropriate to suspend or terminate my coaching relationship(s) whenever the facts and circumstances necessitate.
9) Recognize that the Code of Ethics applies to my relationship with coaching clients, coachees, students, mentees and supervisees.
10) Conduct and report research with competence, honesty and within recognized scientific standards and applicable subject guidelines. My research will be carried out with the necessary consent and approval of those involved, and with an approach that will protect participants from any potential harm. All research efforts will be performed in a manner that complies with all the applicable laws of the country in which the research is conducted.
11) Maintain, store and dispose of any records, including electronic files and communications, created during my coaching engagements in a manner that promotes confidentiality, security and privacy and complies with any applicable laws and agreements.
12) Use ICF Member contact information (email addresses, telephone numbers, and so on) only in the manner and to the extent authorized by the ICF.
As a coach, I:
13) Seek to be conscious of any conflict or potential conflict of interest, openly disclose any such conflict and offer to remove myself when a conflict arises.
14) Clarify roles for internal coaches, set boundaries and review with stakeholders conflicts of interest that may emerge between coaching and other role functions.
15) Disclose to my client and the sponsor(s) all anticipated compensation from third parties that I may receive for referrals of clients or pay to receive clients.
16) Honor an equitable coach/client relationship, regardless of the form of compensation.
As a coach, I:
17) Ethically speak what I know to be true to clients, prospective clients or sponsors about the potential value of the coaching process or of me as a coach.
18) Carefully explain and strive to ensure that, prior to or at the initial meeting, my coaching client and sponsor(s) understand the nature of coaching, the nature and limits of confidentiality, financial arrangements, and any other terms of the coaching agreement.
19) Have a clear coaching service agreement with my clients and sponsor(s) before beginning the coaching relationship and honor this agreement. The agreement shall include the roles, responsibilities and rights of all parties involved.
20) Hold responsibility for being aware of and setting clear, appropriate and culturally sensitive boundaries that govern interactions, physical or otherwise, I may have with my clients or sponsor(s).
21) Avoid any sexual or romantic relationship with current clients or sponsor(s) or students, mentees or supervisees. Further, I will be alert to the possibility of any potential sexual intimacy among the parties including my support staff and/or assistants and will take the appropriate action to address the issue or cancel the engagement in order to provide a safe environment overall.
22) Respect the client’s right to terminate the coaching relationship at any point during the process, subject to the provisions of the agreement. I shall remain alert to indications that there is a shift in the value received from the coaching relationship.
23) Encourage the client or sponsor to make a change if I believe the client or sponsor would be better served by another coach or by another resource and suggest my client seek the services of other professionals when deemed necessary or appropriate.
As a coach, I:
24) Maintain the strictest levels of confidentiality with all client and sponsor information unless release is required by law.
25) Have a clear agreement about how coaching information will be exchanged among coach, client and sponsor.
26) Have a clear agreement when acting as a coach, coach mentor, coaching supervisor or trainer, with both client and sponsor, student, mentee, or supervisee about the conditions under which confidentiality may not be maintained (e.g., illegal activity, pursuant to valid court order or subpoena; imminent or likely risk of danger to self or to others; etc) and make sure both client and sponsor, student, mentee, or supervisee voluntarily and knowingly agree in writing to that limit of confidentiality. Where I reasonably believe that because one of the above circumstances is applicable, I may need to inform appropriate authorities.
27) Require all those who work with me in support of my clients to adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics, Number 26, Section 4, Confidentiality and Privacy Standards, and any other sections of the Code of Ethics that might be applicable.
As a coach, I:
28) Commit to the need for continued and ongoing development of my professional skills.
As an ICF coach, I acknowledge and agree to honor my ethical and legal obligations to my coaching clients and sponsors, colleagues, and to the public at large. I pledge to comply with the ICF Code of Ethics and to practice these standards with those whom I coach, teach, mentor or supervise.
If I breach this Pledge of Ethics or any part of the ICF Code of Ethics, I agree that the ICF in its sole discretion may hold me accountable for so doing. I further agree that my accountability to the ICF for any breach may include sanctions, such as loss of my ICF Membership and/or my ICF Credentials.