When I started looking for an executive coach, I knew I wanted to hire someone who was unfamiliar to the industry and to my business, so I could get an outside perspective and have someone challenge my thinking. Also, I wanted someone to provide clarity around several issues that had been persisting without resolve. That is how I found Dr. Ostrov.
In one of our initial meetings, I completed a leadership assessment, which was one of many that I have taken throughout my career. The results of the assessment were interesting, but Dr. Ostrov’s interpretation of the results combined with her ability to apply the results to my strengths and weaknesses as a leader was extremely valuable. She provided me with different and interesting insights into my work habits and leadership techniques that ultimately allowed me to improve communication skills and strengthen professional relationships.
As my business was growing, there were several occasions when major issues arose. Dr. Ostrov pushed me to resolve these issues quickly and with a strategic plan, which led to clarity and trust throughout the organization. She also helped to reorganize the organizations leadership team and the methods with which I communicated with them. Dr. Ostrov met with key members of my team to understand our work flow, and also to identify ways in which I could establish a better and more efficient working relationship with them. I found value in her approach to improving professional relationships in a diplomatic way, which allowed for increased productivity and a more constructive work environment.
Unlike other coaches I have used throughout my career, once the foundation of the coaching relationship was laid, I felt completely comfortable discussing the most confidential information with Dr. Ostrov. I would recommend Dr. Ostrov for anyone who is leading an organization and would like to better improve themselves and their communication skills and ultimately drive production results.
This client gave permission to use his identifying information.
~ Michael Byrne, Managing Partner
The San Francisco Bay Area Group
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network,
111 Sutter Street, Suite 1800, San Francisco, CA 94104