Coaching references

”I have found the coaching process surprisingly positive both professionally and personally. Nonna Babitzin has been my coach during the past months. She is insightful, intelligent and professional. She has been able to help me see underlying issues I have been dealing with, and has provided open and confidential coaching help for me. Nonna’s coaching approach is persistent, and yet sensitive. This has worked well for me. This process has helped me to prioritize both professional and personal issues, and has helped me to dig deeper into my priorities. In addition, the coaching process has given some structure and accountability to my work. Overall, the coaching has been an important part of development for me during a period of transition in my life. I think the coaching process is particularly useful for anyone facing period of significant transitions professionally or personally. I recommend both the coaching process and Nonna for anyone considering leadership coaching.”
— Heikki Rinne, CEO, Halton Group Ltd, (USA)

“Nonna trained our leadershipteam and as a consequence, I got interested in learning more through individual coaching. We started the coaching process in a situation where both our unit and my department were planning and executing significant changes. With Nonna’s help, the pain points of the change process and the root causes were opened and I found ways that supported not only the change, but also provided additional resources for me personally to deal with the challenging situation. As a result of our coaching I also achieved a better overall balance with myself and my leadership. Nonna won’t let anyone off easy and does not settle for formal solution patterns, and that is exactly the greatest thing about Nonna’s coaching. I can warmly recommend Nonna as a coach.”

— Maarit Waskilampi-Kuikka, CIO, ICT ja tuotantotekniikka, YLE (Finland)

“We give Nonna Babitzin our best recommendations after a very successful coaching of our manager. The results are remarkable and we have received so many useful tools for the future development of our manager as well. Nonna is excellent at reading people. She understands how to tailor the coaching to fit the individual person she’s working with and has a remarkable skill to support self reflection and self development”

— Anja Pajor, CEO, Dubberman (Denmark)

“Leadership requires great skills. Not to mention developing from good to outstanding leader, which requires both skills and will. Also suitable personal attributes and tough management experience as well as true and daily will to develop in leadership skills and as a leader, is needed. It is good to regularly pause and evaluate own accomplishments and oneself as a leader. Good self-knowledge is not enough on it’s own. A professional and experienced coach, personal mentor, can open new doors for you, that you never noticed before or even knew existed. Nonna is priceless in this work. She is the map and the compass at the same time. I warmly recommend Nonna to You – leader, who wants to strengthen your leadership skills and take the crucial step ahead in self-development and on your career.”

— Jari Partanen, Pääsihteeri, Keskustan eduskuntaryhmä, Suomen eduskunta (Finland)

“I started a coaching process with Nonna in a phase, where were facing a significant change. The whole nature of the business changed significantly and organisation size multiplied. In the changing business I was facing new and often even unexpected situations, that I had never faced before. Nonna got me thinking about my practises in this whole new business environment. She supported me to clarify the needed steps and to set concrete targets. Nonna was able to challenge me and dig up the thought patterns, that I had never thought about, before starting this coaching process. As a result of the coaching process my leadership style changed for significantly better. The impact is visible also in significant improvement in UPM’s Employee Engagement Surveys results, where subordinates can anonymously comment on the strategy, leaders and direct managers. Nonna is a extremely professional coach, I warmly recommend her for any executive wanting to grow as a leader.”

— Petri Kukkonen, Vice President, Biofuels, UPM-Kymmene Oyj (Finland)

“I have worked closely with Nonna Babitzin as my coach, supporting me on my business leadership and personal resources guidance. Nonna has worked as my coach very successfully and gotten me to actively work on my ingrained perceptions and patterns and enabled my growth to a better leader and human being. I have experienced Nonna’s coaching approach to be very professional and successful in producing results. The return on investment, both from a personal and company’s point of view, has been significant on my personal development and on successful business actualization. I am truly grateful for Nonna’s contribution in enabling my development and success! I warmly recommend Nonna Babitzin as a executive coach and a leadership trainer, to any leader wanting to reach their potential.”

— Jyrki Oksala, Vice President, Application Platform Services, Tieto Oyj (Finland)

“Nonna asked the right questions and pushed me to change my behavior – I think I’m more top of my life now!”

— Jouni Toijala, Director, Head of Nokia Europe, Middle East and Africa 3rd Party Developer Organization, Nokia UK ltd. (United Kingdom)

“Coaching opened brand new methods for my leadership development. Process challenged me to evaluate my leadership from a new perspective, face the truth and challenge myself to develop more and more in the daily leadership situations. For me this coaching was a gateway to a new kind of evaluation of my leadership and continuous development. I got new tools especially to challenging interaction situations, cooperation development, manager-subbordinate communication and daily routines (discipline, time management, managing with the information overflow) Nonna’s way of guiding my thinking with right kind of questions started a process in me, that led me to find the crucial development areas in my leadership and I started to understand how to deal with them and how to, step by step, turn these development areas to strengths. I grew as a person and believe it is visible both in the professional and personal life. My journey has just started, but with the learnings form this coaching, I know how I want to do this journey. Coaching effect thoughts, emotions and behaviour. I am glad I also got more tools to support the growth of my manager subbordinates in this process. That is the only way to build the exceptional leadership and strong leadership culture into our organisation, that does not mind the windy weather. I warmly recommend the coaching process to anyone, who are willing to play full out, 100%, as a person and a leader. For anyone, who want to find a deeper level to leadership and the values of their own leadership. For me this process strengthened my thought of leadership as a calling. I recommend coaching also for leader, who need guidance in a challenging life situation. My challenging situation, both in my personal and professional life, could have lead to exhaustion without this coaching process. Now I got help and support on both areas, that kept me head above water even in the most challenging situations. I am grateful for Nonna for this!”

— Tuulikki Parkkonen, ‎Head of Unit, Claims Customer Service, Fennia (Finland)

“Nonna acted as my coach. She helped me with impacting and influencing skills with good results. I`ve got added value to my work from this coaching. As a result my ability to be more proactive and trusted business partner has increased a lot. I recommend Nonna for coaching.”

— Mikko Mäki-Tuuri, Director, HR, UPM-Kymmene Oyj (Finland)

“Nonna challenged me in the right way and took me out of my comfort zone – this way I was able to get to the real core of the problem truly and fast. I got a lot of depth and new dimensions to my thinking, but also concrete and instantly applicable tools to speed up my transformation journey. I can warmly recommend Nonna for demanding personal change challenges and leadership related problem sparring – you will not get an easy journey, but this makes the reward even more valuable!”

— Mika Kivimäki, Senior Vice President, Tuotekehitysjohtaja, OP-Pohjola (Finland)

“The root causes of challenges discussed in coaching became obvious and the big picture became clearer. Coaching effected holistically thoughts, actions and results. Trough prioritisation and balance, despite the strong work orientation, I was able to get big effect with little changes in my private life as well and therefor got more power to work. I got a clear clarification about the significance of choice in my thinking. There are no excuses anymore. I believe I am able to get to better results easier. I recommend Nonna especially to those wanting to develop from great to even greater. Wanting to pause for a moment and get new thoughts as well as confirmation to previous learnings. After 15 years in demanding managerial- and project assignments and after seeing plenty I can honesty say, that Nonna is truly brilliant at what she does. Working with her is a great investment.”

— Joel Siikanen, Head of Manufacturing, Suunto Oy (Finland)

“I’ve never been professionally coached before. I feel that I’ve found something completely new for my leadership. Being coached, I feel like Alice in Wonderland; looking at all the possibilities available for me and all the new things and experiences I can provide for my people. I feel privileged as Nonna walked with me the first 5 steps in the Wonderland.”

— Matti Vesala, Tieto Oyj, Vice President, Telecom, Media & Entertainment and Energy & Utilities Finland & Baltics (Finland)

“At its best coaching feels like casual discussion but where professional coach, like Nonna, can lead the discussion in a right way; keeping in mind the objective of the coaching. During the discussion you start to realize how different things are connected and you come up with new perspectives on how to solve the issues in a totally new way. In our coaching sessions Nonna has been able to create an atmosphere that encourages new ways of thinking and approaching day to day leadership challenges. You invent the solutions yourself but a professional coach helps you connect the dots and put more structure and perspective to your thinking process. I can warmly recommend Nonna for anyone in a challenging leadership position and wanting to expand his/hers thinking pattern and finding new perspectives.”

— Vesa Rantala, Country manager, Tieto (India)

“Coaching process was efficient, personal and successful growth period for me. As a end result I found a clear way of acting when facing difficult issues. My behaviour in difficult encounters and problem situations improved dramatically. I learned a new way of avoiding micromanagement and giving more responsibility to my direct reports. I have consciously moved to more tactical and strategic leadership and am now aiming to avoid intervening in the operative issues. Also my meeting practises improved with sharpness and clarity. There was also a excellent written material that worked as a base for the coaching process. One important thing about the impact of the coaching was the observations of my colleagues on my changed behaviour towards more positive and constructive direction. I really had internalised the learnings and implemented them => change was visible for others. The best training of my entire career. I warmly recommend similar personal coaching for anyone in a leadership position, who face difficult situations in their work or need to increase the efficiency of their daily leadership.”

— Matti Nordberg, Director, Seikku Sawmill, UPM-kymmene Oyj (Finland)

“I recommend coaching, since it helps the clarify your own thinking and problems in the middle of all the hurry. Everyone should be offered the opportunity to get business coaching at least bi-yearly!”

— Anu Koskimäki, Director, Baltic Department Stores, Stockmann Oyj (Latvia)

“I was extremely satisfied in my coaching process. Nonna was easy to talk to and coaching clarified my thoughts and created new perspective to business leadership. Nonna is quite demanding coach, and did not give in, but demanded me to change my thinking and to produce results. I exceeded my targets with coaching and definitely recommend Nonna to experienced leaders, who have the will to renew and clarify own thinking.”

— Jyri Pohja, Managing Director, Ibas Kroll Ontrack Oy (Finland)

“I have had the pleasure to have Nonna as a coach. During the process I have come to realize many new possibilities, techniques and ways of working in order to communicate, evaluate alternatives, reach targets and develop myself professionally as well as personally. Nonna is very insightfult and professional coach, she has deep knowledge on leadership. Yet her guidance is subtle and gives plenty of room for individual learning and comprehension. I came to understand my own potential and was able to define concrete steps for the future. The profit from the coaching has been great compared to the investment, both for me individually and for our business. Coaching discussions have been pleasurable, Nonna has always kept focus and been determined to support me to achieve my targets. I truly recommend Nonna and her work for anybody, especially for someone in need for stopping and taking a good look around. Coaching provides a great chance for development, getting structure for thoughts and new points of view.”

— Heli Laumola, Development manager, Biofuels, UPM-Kymmene Oyj (Finland)

“Coaching was encouraging questioning oneself, so that I started really thinking… I truly enjoyed it through and through! Coaching helped me both personally and was very beneficial for the company. Coaching made me re-think about my constraints, assumptions, capabilities and change the way of addressing and using these to make life simpler. This process helped me get out of the comfort zone and venture into newer areas.”

— Arnavaaz Khan, Manager, Global Delivery Excellence, Tieto (India)

“Coaching is a great help for us knowledge workers, who daily struggle in the crossfire of heavy pressure. Companies should invest in executive coaching along other trainings and work welfare.”

— Mika Vihervuori, CEO, Anvia Plc (Finland)

“Being coached by Nonna has been a great experience. In her positive and determined way, Nonna has challenged my own thoughts, always grasping the key points relevant for me. I have really enjoyed being coached by Nonna and finding new perspectives on different professional topics. I feel my thinking and focus management have improved significantly during this coaching process.”

— Kristiina Hämäläinen, Manager, Pulp, UPM-Kymmene Oyj (Finland)

“Do you know what you are really capable of? Coaching process helped me to stop and look at thing from a new perspective. Coaching helped me to prioritize and clarify my own focus, both professionally and personally, clarifying the connection between the two lives as well. This process also strengthened my trust in my own potential and capabilities. With Nonna’s help, coaching process was the engine, that gave space to organize and clarify things and gave courage to bravely see further into the bigger picture. Concrete path was created, from ideas to actions, that was easy to follow with implementation. Nonna is a very professional coach, and he approach crates deep trust. Nonna’s own experience as a leader and her sensitivity, brought a valuable flavor to my coaching process. The benefits of coaching are very diverse, and the return on investment was exponential. During my process I was able to clarify my work focus and my productiveness and motivation at work has increase tremendously. I was recommended to get coaching from Nonna, with these words: ”she is one of the best and I warmly recommend her”. Now, based on my own experience with Nonna, it is so easy to agree. When you are ready to find out what you are really capable of, give Nonna a call!”

— Jussi Jalasjoki, Director, Business and Sales development, Tieto Oyj (Finland)

“Coaching has truly supported my growth both professionally and personally. Every time after coaching session with Nonna, I have felt myself so strong and focused. I even stopped smoking, after doing so for over 10 years. And it was not even difficult. In these coaching session I’ve been able to put things in order of importance, focus on the important things, and I have stopped to do “everything at the same time”. Nonna has really pushed me to work on my head in these sessions, and sometimes it was hard, but still so rewarding. I feel that I now have more courage to express myself, make decisions and produce results. Now I stop almost every day to think about my own thoughts and behaviour as a leader. I am grateful for the growth as a leader and gladly recommend Nonna as a coach for any leader wanting to flourish.”

— Minna Halmetoja, Manager, Tieto Oyj (Finland)

“I have found Nonna’s coaching extremely valuable for me for many reasons. I have understood the barriers that have been holding me back. Her emotional intelligence, honesty and trust have been key factors to help me to understand my strengths but also development areas as a leader. I have better understanding of my behavior, dreams and career opportunities in general. I’m confident that her coaching supported my growth as a leader and prepared me for the future. I would gladly recommend Nonna, she can help you to see and understand what really is important to you and how to reach your goals through real actions. Thank you Nonna!”

— Nina Kähönen, Customer Director, Tieto Oyj (Finland)

“In my opinion coaching suits situations where the coach is facing new challenges. The need has to be big enough and initiated within. For me the transtition from specialist role to manager role was clearly this kind of a change. As a end result of every coaching session I began to make concrete changes in my daily work. For example I have improved my actions in the way I communicate with my subordinates especially about the difficult topics. Due to this coaching I was able to avoid few clear pitfalls. If has been interesting who so practical tricks have been found to seemingly abstract problems. The best parts of the coaching were related to the neutrality – coaching was a opportunity to reflect on work related challenges from “what do I think about this” viewpoint. Coaching sessions offered a relieve channel for thoughts, that were not yet necessarily very concrete nor clearly expressed. I liked Mikko especially due to the way he got to the understanding of the core point extremely fast. At the end of each session, Mikko’s way of discussing what was I going to do next combined this discussion with practise and future action. This practise partly formed my thinking already during the discussion: is this piece of information useful for me and if it is, where and how.”

— Matti Vuorinen, Manager, Energy, UPM-Kymmene Oyj (Finland)

“Thank you Nonna for what you have achieved. Thanks to your coaching, I have managed to get out of a vicious circle. Having you by my side, gently holding my head out of the water, and helping me to take the first step out of it. It took me some months before I wrote this text, because I wanted to see if what we had done together would survive the time, and I am really happy to share that not only it did survive, but it continues even after this rather long period.”

— Nathalie Kuhn, Sales manager, Tieto Oyj (Finland)

”I was at a crossroad of my career, not being able to decide what to do, until I met Nonna. With the help of her coaching and support, I was able to figure out what I want and find my way forward. I am very grateful for the all work Nonna has done for me. I warmly recommend her!”

— Tiina Mustalahti, Manager, Tieto Oyj (Finland)

“During my coaching process I was able to clarify what I personally want and I got courage to work with my feelings in a new way. Nonna carefully shook, into the surface, deep knowledge about myself. Coaching revealed my strengths and I found new qualities of myself. Visualization exercises and task assigned between the coaching sessions assured the successful realization of the targets set. My whole coaching journey was filled with trust, emotional intelligence and determination. Coaching helped me to clarify my targets and achieve them. Due to this coaching process I feel more determined about myself.”

— Minna Virtanen, Project Director, Tieto Oyj (Finland)

“Best part of the coaching process was Mikko’s listening skills and the ability to create a positive atmosphere and the ability to open new perspectives to topics. My perspective changed and become more unrestricted during the coaching process. I consider others in the team more and this has gotten positive attention within the team – also the team has become more active thought my actions.”

— Juha Kortessalmi, Senior Portfolio Manager, Energy, UPM-Kymmene Oyj (Finland)

“Nonna has been my coach as new leader for past 6 months and I have found the process truly rewarding on both professional and personal level. During Nonna´s coaching I have developed as a leader through self reflection and grown as a person. She has made me question my old ways of thinking, find my own way of leading and the results on my team and business are great. Overall, her coaching has helped me a lot during this transition. Her approach to coaching is tough and caring at the same time and that suited me very well. I can warmly recommend Nonna to for anyone on a journey to better, modern leadership.”
— Suvi Reinikkala, Marketing Director, Altia Oyj (Finland)