Success stories Shayan Khodafar

Project Manager

Tell us about your role.

I work in the Operational Excellence / Operational Capability team under the COO organisation. While I do not have any direct reports, I often lead small teams of SMEs to get a handle on the needs of our consulting and business development organisations and deliver content to empower them. 

What is 1-1 coaching like?

One-to-one coaching was fantastic. It was much simpler and easier than other development that I've done.  My coach  was both friendly and easy to talk to while being very direct and professional. I felt comfortable discussing my career and challenges with him, and found lots of value in the insights he provided through his coaching.

What did you get out of the program?

The coaching program has made me a better leader. I feel better equipped to handle complex situations with personnel around our organization at all levels. Discussions about my current role and the steps I can take to evolve and grow as a leader have left me feeling confident and capable.

What advice would you give to someone starting out with coaching?

Don't hold back! Be honest with your coach and leverage their experience as best you can. Listen to their advice, but don't be afraid to question it. The more you give, the more you get back.

A word from the coach

"With such intelligence, creativity, passion and resourcefulness, Shayan was a great participant and person to work with. Whatever was explored, new insights, new knowledge, he was quick to implement. Open to feedback and growth, Shayan developed stronger knowledge and skills in leading himself and others and innovating and supporting change throughout an organisation. It was absolutely inspiring to witness and support his development journey."