As a startup founder, I’ve appreciated Ilona’s direct, no-nonsense coaching style. In each session, she helps me uncover different perspectives on issues where I felt stuck, lighting the path forward. Focusing on specific challenges and pushing me to move toward a solution, Ilona has helped make me a better leader.
Katerina, Founder & CEO, USA – Sector: Social Enterprise
I turned to the company Gelin Creative Coaching when my startup project was in the early stages. At that time, my ideas about the product were very clear, but I had many uncertainties regarding the strategic aspect and the commercial deployment of my project.
I contacted Philippe Gelin, and we had an initial phone conversation in which he explained the coaching role he could play in guiding me from the “pre-market” stage to the “go-to-market” stage of my startup.
I was already aware of Philippe’s entrepreneurial background and career in the world of international finance and startups, and I knew the quality of support I could find through his service.
We began our coaching sessions, conducted via video conferences, at a rate of one hour of exchange per week for approximately six weeks. It was a coaching experience that brought me significant benefits both personally and professionally for my startup project.
Philippe is more than a coach; he is a mentor who can provide tailored expertise with great finesse, thanks to his background and in-depth analysis of the project and its prospects.
What I greatly appreciated is that Philippe does not judge the project or the strategic choices that have been made, and he does not seek to challenge the entrepreneur. Instead, he aims to provide efficient guidance to help you move toward a common-sense strategy.
Philippe ensures that you find the right path yourself through well-structured demonstrations and the knowledge he has acquired throughout his career.
This support is of great assistance in advancing the project and provides much-needed comfort in the face of a well-known challenge for entrepreneurs: the solitude faced when making decisions.
I would like to thank Gelin Creative Coaching and especially Philippe Gelin for his coaching, invaluable assistance, which allowed me to have an enlightened vision through the spectrum of his knowledge, his support, and his immense kindness.
I have learned a lot and evolved significantly through this experience, which I recommend to any entrepreneur, regardless of their age or their business.
Maxime, CEO & Founder, France – Sector: Proptech
Working with Ilona was very insightful and helped me find practical solutions to improving my approach to conflict situations. Ilona guided me thoughtfully in understanding better my own motivation in a work environment and supported me in finding better routes to collaborating with different personalities in stressful circumstances.
Rayna, Head of Investigations & Intelligence, UK – Sector: Banking
I work as a psychiatrist, lead a busy lifestyle, and am constantly immersed in work. I have no time, and often no energy, to do something good and useful for myself personally. Gradually, the pleasure from my activities disappeared from my life; I did everything as if “automatically.” I’ve been thinking for a long time about turning to a coach for help. I was very happy when Ilona invited me to try working with her. After the first session, I felt that it became easier for me to breathe. Ilona helped me reorganize my working time in such a way that, miraculously, I suddenly had time to take a walk and relax, while the work (writing medical reports), in the time allocated to it according to a special method, began to be done much faster and with better quality. Ilona was able to quickly achieve such good results with me because she led the session with great empathy and compassion for my difficulties. I felt that she understood me and that her recommendation was very wise and accurate. Therefore, it was easy for me to complete it, and the result was stunning!
I highly appreciate Ilona’s professional talent. I recommend contacting her to anyone who is looking for a way to improve life and increase the feeling of pleasure from daily activities.
Maya, Psychiatrist, Israel – Sector: Healthcare
Knowing myself better – life skills.
Philippe impressed me with his empathetic, thoroughly professional approach. One can feel vulnerable – even weak – by sharing personal weaknesses with another.
Philippe helped me address – not confront – them. Accepting aspects of oneself as challenges to be worked on – with a pragmatic, systematic and structured approach to turning them around.
I highly recommend Philippe to anyone who wants to address their challenges in a positive, objective way.
Nigel, Consultative Partner, UK – Sector: Aviation
Ilona coached me for several sessions this summer and I found it both useful and extremely enjoyable. The conversations helped me see a structure for what I needed to do to achieve particular goals, often helping me identify i what I already knew but perhaps didn’t see clearly. Ilona is very empathetic and thoughtful, and knows what she’s talking about.
Dasha, Foreign Correspondent, UK – Sector: Financial information and technology
Philippe and I have been working together for approximately 3 months and in that time, he has helped me become a better leader to my team while overcoming my own fears and doubts in my director position.
With Philippe’s gentle inquisitiveness and guidance, I have been able to understand the root causes of and how to tackle the challenges I have been facing in my professional life. Each week, we decide on an area of focus, and I leave our meeting with a clear and focused strategy. Many times, I implement these ideas immediately with my team or how I approach my work.
I absolutely recommend Philippe and Gelin Creative Coaching. I’m so very grateful for the time he dedicates to coaching with me!
Rose, Director, USA – Sector: NGO
All roads lead to self. And the self-discovery is expedited by a focused plan of action, discipline, integrity, and most importantly the lending ear of a supportive unbiased coach like Philippe. With timely guidance, holding you accountable to answering the big questions, whilst rooting for you all the way to reach attainable goals and live a life of full potential.
Thank you for being a tremendous stand for these transformations
Eva, Director, UK – Sector: Investment management
I can’t emphasize enough how incredibly valuable my coaching experience with Ilona is for my professional growth. Through her guidance, I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my leadership skills, particularly in areas such as feedback delivery and team management. Our conversations provide a structured framework for achieving my goals and creating a clear roadmap for success. Thanks to Ilona, I’ve not only discovered my true potential but also gained a significant boost in confidence and identified areas of my life that require improvement. I highly recommend working with Ilona to anyone seeking to enhance their skills, increase their self-assurance, and make a substantial impact in their professional journey.
Margarita, Director, Poland – Sector: NGO
I recently had a series of coaching sessions with Philippe and it was truly transformative. Not only did Philippe have a wealth of knowledge and experience, but he also had a unique ability to listen and understand my specific needs and goals.
Throughout the sessions, Philippe provided valuable insights and guidance on how to overcome the challenges I was facing. He also helped me to identify my strengths and how to leverage them to achieve my goals. His approach was supportive and encouraging, and I felt like I could really open up and be honest about my thoughts and feelings.
I left the sessions feeling empowered and motivated to take action towards my goals. I highly recommend Philippe to anyone looking for a coach who truly cares about their clients’ success and well-being.
Overall, the coaching sessions were a great experience and I will definitely be working with Philippe again in the future.
George, Software Developer, Romania – Sector: Technology
I’ve been working with Philippe for three months, and I’ve seen satisfying progress in improving my skills as a manager and program director of NGO. In our sessions, we develop practical solutions that I implement successfully immediately after every weekly meeting. The area of most significant progress was building a strong, self-efficient team. However, Philippe is very flexible and adaptive to the client’s needs, so he can move in a different direction and do some crisis-solving sessions. Philippe is hard-working, reliable, dedicated, empathetic, and attentive to detail specialist. He is engaged in the conversation, so you know he cares about the result and the client’s well-being/comfort. He provides me with useful homework and answered my questions between our coaching sessions, which is very helpful. Lastly, Philippe is persistent in resolving problems and requests till the end. He is also good at working with people from different cultural and professional background. I am very grateful to have worked with Philippe! I would highly recommend him!
Taisia, Programme Director, Ukraine – Sector: NGO
Coaching sessions with Philippe are of very high quality. His attentive listening skills, genuine perceptiveness, inventive methods, and humanism open up possibilities I didn’t even suspect existed. I highly recommend Philippe to anyone seeking or wanting to give a new, positive, and constructive impetus to their goals, in full alignment with who they are and their values.
Francois, Artist and Composer, France – Sector: Music production