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Coaching is an intensive development method for business executives and leaders, where a personal coach helps to achieve ambitious outcomes within a certain time frame.

The difference of coaching from other personal development methods may be expressed via a car driving metaphor:

Mentor shares tips for driving from his own experience

Consultant gives advice on how to drive a car

Coach encourages you to drive in unknown territory, helps you to navigate there, to develop your driving skills and to arrive to the destination in time.

In the coaching process the coachee is driving it and the coach is observing the ride from the passenger seat. The coachee makes all the decisions and the coach only proposes techniques and makes challenges. After one meeting a business executive told me that: “now I understand that the coach is asking from you questions, that you would not ask yourself. And even if you would, you would not answer these.”

Test: Does coaching fit you?

Mark the number that comes closest to representing how true the statement is for you (1 is the least true and 5 is the most true). Then push “Submit” for result.

I am on time for all calls and appointments

This is the right time for me to accept coaching

I will keep my word without struggling or sabotaging

I am ready to “try on” new concepts or different ways of doing things

I will be straight and tell whole truth to the coach

I am willing to change self defeating behaviors, which limit my success

I see coaching as a worthwhile investment in my life

Source: Academy of Coaching and NLP

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Personal coaching has helped leaders and executives to achieve the following outcomes:

  • setting and achieving brave outcomes
  • finding a mission in life
  • getting out of a difficult situation
  • discovering their unknown capabilities
  • learning to “read” and motivate people
  • achieving work and life balance
  • reduction of stress
  • learning to produce results easily and effortlessly

Team coaching

In today’s fast-changing and complex world, teamwork is the key to success. No matter how capable and experienced a leader is, it is difficult and exhausting to achieve great results alone. A well-functioning team sees situations through different pairs of eyes. It is proactive, finds solutions, and enthusiastically implements them.

For successful teams, I have noticed the following characteristics:

  • clear objectives and priorities
  • trust and psychological safety
  • motivation and commitment
  • giving each other feedback
  • ability to learn as a team

Team coaching is significantly more complex and multi-level than individual coaching. In most cases, the team consists of personalities whose previous experiences, aspirations, and personal work style are quite different. In a problematic team, these create tension. In a good team, members can complement each other.

Since many patterns of behavior are unconscious, for a leader it makes changes in the team quite difficult to achieve. The team leader might not notice these unconscious forces. Sometimes, the leader themselves may be the source of some of the problems. Therefore, the observations of a trained and experienced coach are an important source of information.

For example, many teams have an “elephant in the room”. Everyone knows the problems, but no one is talking about them. Making these relationships or behaviors elephant visible in team coaching has a liberating effect and creates a good team “vibe”.

As a framework for team coaching, I mostly use Peter Hawkins’ Systemic Team Coaching Model, which I was privileged to learn directly from the author. The role of the team coach is temporary. By the end of the agreed series of sessions, a good coach has made themselves unnecessary, the team has found its best performance and enjoys it. This process requires time and commitment. Therefore, 6-9 coaching sessions as well as bold and active experimentation between sessions should be considered to achieve the desired goal.

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Coaching mastery training for leaders

Coaching has found a firm place in successful organisations. Professional coaches are hired for senior executives. Managers of all levels are taught the coaching style of management, which develops employee initiative and creativity. A NEW TREND is training leaders to become INTERNAL COACHES for the organisation.

A LEADER/INTERNAL COACH conducts coaching sessions to the leaders and employees of other units of the organisation. The aim of these sessions is to help coachees in setting clear objectives and identifying improvement areas, as well as to support their professional and personal growth. By doing this a leader/internal coach develops coaching skills and brings their own leadership quality to a new level.

Coaching Mastery Training for Leaders is created by Duncan Coppock and he is the head trainer of it.

Duncan Coppock is a highly experienced coach and has been training, mentoring and supervising coaches since 2001. He has worked with hundreds of coaches on developing their skills and business and gaining their ICF coaching credential. Duncan is the “brain surgeon” of coaching. He is able to decompose coaching interaction into primary particles and put these back together to form the best possible structure for it. Just his listening and questions modules may fundamentally change the communication skills of participants.

Duncan’s knowledge and experience are remarkable. He has engaged in coaching since 1998 and has coached leaders in the United States, Australia, five European countries, Malaysia, Singapore, and Russia.

Duncan has written a book called “The SELF-Factor: The Power of Being You. A Coaching Approach” (2005). In its preface, the great coaching guru John Whitmore says: ‘I have rarely come across any book with which I can so wholeheartedly agree. Only its style differs somewhat from mine. Duncan is a more organised and thorough than I am”.

Duncan speaks about his motivation to teach coaching HERE.

As the second trainer I, Ivar Lukk, will bring to the course 25+ years of senior executive experience and neuro-linguistic programming skills on the NLP Master Practitioner level. I hold ICF Master Certified Coach credential and have given over 3000 hours of individual as well as team coaching sessions.

The course is very flexible! It consists of two modules, a total of 52 hours (36 hours of classroom work, 6 hours of webinars as well as 10 hours of independent work and coaching practice). By the end of the course participants:

  • know the coaching competencies of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • are able to carry out structured coaching sessions using models learned during the training
  • are able to analyse the coaching process
  • know where to apply coaching leadership
  • are able to use coaching conversations in the leadership role

Successful completion of the course requires participation in at least 85% of synchronous training hours (classroom training + webinars) and 100% of the individual coaching practice. The acquisition of coaching competencies and coaching skills in leadership situations are assessed through observation during practice in classroom work. For independent coaching practice, participants make a self-analysis in a predetermined format.

Upon completion of the course, a participant who has achieved the learning outcomes and successfully passed assessment will be awarded a certificate by Ivar Lukk Coaching OÜ, which contains the information specified in § 3 of the Continuing Education Standard and a certificate issued by Self Factor Coaching, stating that they have completed two modules from an ICF ACCREDITED course. A learner who has not participated in the assessment or who has not passed the assessment will be issued a confirmation letter by Ivar Lukk Coaching OÜ stating the extent of participation in the training.

For participants who wish to OBTAIN THE ICF CERTIFICATION we are offering the third training course module that will take place in Autumn 2024. All 3 modules together form an ICF accredited Level 1 programme (registered as Self Factor Coaching, Coaching Mastery Training for Professionals).

The course schedule:

First module (2 + 1 days)
27 – 28 March and 17 April 2024

Second module (2 + 1 days)
14 – 15 May and 6 June 2024

Classroom training takes place in a seminar room, the size and acoustic characteristics of which allow group training of up to 15 people and practice in groups of 2 to 4 people. The room is equipped with audio-visual presentation equipment and capability for online conference calls.

Online face-to-face learning takes place on the Zoom video conferencing platform, which requires participants to have a personal computer, camera, and Internet connection.

The size of the training group is 12-15 people

Total price of the two modules is 2,150 euros + VAT per participant. In the case of registration and payment before 1 February 2024, a friendly price of 1,990 euros + VAT will apply.
The price of the 3rd module is 1,350 euros + VAT.

The course focuses on learning through practice and discovery. Participants will have an opportunity to hone their skills with each other and practice real coaching with personal coachee provided by course organisers. The course also includes group mentoring sessions.

To REGISTER FOR THE COURSE please send an e-mail to info@ivarlukk.com stating the name, position, organization and contact data of the participant(s). Any training-related questions may be sent to the same address and I would also be happy to give additional info by the phone +372 5177474.

With best wishes, Ivar

My background

I have managed for more than 30 years companies in telecoms, banking, manufacturing, trade, real estate and IT fields. Most prominent of these have been Forexbank, Tele 2 Estonia and Tallinn Stock Exchange.

As a leader I have always valued learning. I hold a masters degree from London Business School took a 3-year psychotherapy studies in Tartu, Estonia and obtained a NLP Coach Certificate from Academy of Leadership Coaching and NLP, CA, USA. I am Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and NLP Master Practitioner. My team coaching skills are based on Peter Hawkins’ Systemic Team Coaching Master Diploma course.

The Flow of life has brought me to coaching, where my versatile management experience interacts with life lessons, psychology knowledge and coaching skills.


Ivar Lukk Coaching OÜ
Prisma 4, Muraste
Harku vald
+372 51 77474