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Testimonials

◉  “David helped me gain new perspectives and set priorities.”  - Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet

◉ “Our conversations helped evaluate my actions and challenged me to do things differently.”  - Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet

◉ “As a result of the coaching sessions I have become more confident and more perseverant. I have learned to broaden my view.” -  Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet

◉ “Coaching with David made me realize what resources are available to me and enabled me to make use of them.” - Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet

◉  “Since experiencing coaching I pay more attention to the resources around me, think outside the box, and rely more on my staff.” - Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet

◉ “David R. Landes has been truly helpful as a coach. Due to his  years of experience in Laos, David has a very global view of the challenges that businesses in Laos face. Through every challenge, David has been a great resource for counsel, advice and has helped me grow into a business person. His encouragements and challenges along the way have helped me  grow more confidently into my area of expertise.” - Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet 

◉ “Our coaching sessions helped me  grow more confidently into my area of expertise. Thank you!” - Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet

◉ “Coaching with David helped me grow into a business person.” - Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet

◉  “I realised now how much I needed to process things when making decisions.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “David helped me to learn how to communicate well with my team mates and listen to their point of view.” Martha S., NGO Country Director 

◉  “The coaching experience taught me to ask clarifying questions in team meetings.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “David’s personal experience in working cross culturally  helped me with some of the hard decision I had to make. The way he asks questions and makes you thinks have been invaluable to me. Thank you for the way you coach. I'm forever grateful for the way you have helped me.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “David helped me understand how important good communication is and how to adapt my communication style for better results within my team.” Thomas S – Worker at an International NGO

◉ “The coaching experienced changed my perception of how co-corkers and superiors might see me and my work and differentiate between their personal perspective and reality.” Thomas S – Worker at an International NGO

◉ “I now know how to improve communications in ways that bear fruit.” Thomas S – Worker at an International NGO

◉ “Our coaching sessions made me more self-confident and open for improvement of my work and my personal development.” Thomas S – Administration Coordinator at an International NGO

◉ “I am more aware of what urgent matters to prioritize and how to let my colleagues know about it”. Thomas S – Worker at an International NGO

◉  “As a result of our coaching sessions I will analyze my own behaviors more deeply.” Thomas S – Worker at an International NGO

◉ “The  coaching sessions with David changed my attitude in how to approach my team members.” - Jung H., department leader at a South Korean NGO

◉  “Through our conversation I learned I don't need to think only ‘right or wrong’ all the time.” - Jung H., department leader at a South Korean NGO

◉  “David encouraged me. I experienced having someone who listens to my story, is really helpful.” - Jung H., department leader at a South Korean NGO

◉ “Coaching helped me work on my own listening skills.” - Jung H., department leader at a South Korean NGO

◉ “Our sessions helped me to put into practice what I learned.” - Jung H., department leader at a South Korean NGO

◉ “I have improved my delegation skills and am now more aware to write job descriptions with the team member’s gifts and abilities in mind.” - Jung H., department leader at a South Korean NGO

◉ “David was patient with me. When I couldn't explain in English and I just though for a while, he never pushed but  just waited until I could start to talk. I really appreciated to be coached.” - Jung H., department leader at a South Korean NGO

◉ “The Coaching Sessions helped me  think trough  difficult questions and it gave me a foundations to lean on as I started out in leadership.” G. D.,  Team Leader at an NGO in Kazakhstan

◉ “Coaching made me think through my decision making processes. David helped me realize that  I can make hard decision I was afraid to make by . Having someone that I was accountable to was really helpful.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “I was always scared of conflict, learning that conflict is okay and learning how to resolve it in a non threatening way has helped me tremendously.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “Having a coach who is also working in an indirect honor/shame based culture has helped me  overcome some cultural barriers.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “David has provided me with resources and applications that I needed. He has a knack of asking thought provoking questions, helping me think through decisions.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “Our coaching journey was helpful during a time of transition.” Gerard Van Asselt, Associate Director at SportsLink International

◉ “David helped me make key decisions as I approached a personal and professional transition”.  Gerard Van Asselt, Associate Director at SportsLink International

◉ “At the start of some sessions I had no idea what we would be talking about, yet each time I felt I moved forward at the end of the session.” Gerard Van Asselt, Associate Director at SportsLink International

◉ “Coaching helped me understand some situations in my team better and led me to discover solutions to the challenges I brought up.” Vincent Lohse, Country Director at OM Mexico

◉ “I developed the ability to identify areas where I need help and was pushed to and  ask for help.” Vincent Lohse, Country Director at OM Mexico

◉ " Coaching helped me find answers in unexpected places.”  Vincent Lohse, Country Director at OM Mexico

◉ “The coaching sessions helped me see where my project is at and further define what I strive to achieve.” Anett S., Leadership Coach based in Germany

◉ “David helped me realize that I have a tendency to ask deep questions and that I don’t need all the information before making a move.”  Anett S., Leadership Coach based in Germany

◉ "Starting a business sounded to me like a mountain that could not be overcome. Coaching helped me reduce this monumental task to smaller chunks and  deal with them one at a time.” Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet 

◉ “The Coaching Experience enabled me to better see resources available to me, and to be more patient with my staff and with the challenges that I face.” Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet 

◉ “I will open my eyes for potential resources and be slower in throwing the towel thanks to the coaching experience.” Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet 

◉ “David has helped me as a teacher, as an encourager, and as someone who has often challenged my pessimistic perspectives.” Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet 

◉ “The fact that David has started businesses in challenging environments  himself, was very helpful in helping me get started." Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet 

◉ “This coaching journey taught me to walk as a business person, and to keep learning, re-evaluating and considering things with a different perspective, even though this whole enterprise leading thing is anything but natural to me.” Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet 

◉ “It can become irritating when someone from the outside gives you advice while being completely clueless about your context. They are unable to truly empathize. With David, I felt understood as he had already dealt himself with many of my own hurdles as he is a fellow entrpreneur.” Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet 

◉ “Determination, perseverance and courage are vital when starting up your own company.  David was a great asset in helping me grow these.” Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet 

◉ “Our coaching conversations changed my understanding of task delegation and how to communicate with team members. Our time focused on simple, but very useful solutions,  I could put into practice right away.” Agustinus, NGO Team Leader, Indonesia

◉ “The Coaching Experience with David prepared me  to mentor new leaders and build their confidence.” Agustinus, NGO Team Leader, Indonesia

◉ “David opened up new points of view and changed my perspective on leadership.” Agustinus, NGO Team Leader, Indonesia

◉ “I learned that leadership is a learning process. The coaching sessions always lead me to reflect and think deeper.” K. Leong, HR Manager, Japan

◉ “Coaching with David helped me apply my theoretical learning and put it into practical action.” K. Leong, HR Manager, Japan

◉ “Coaching with David made me gain confidence as I lead the team.” David S., NGO leader in Myanmar

◉ “I learned to value suggestions made by my team members.” David S., NGO leader in Myanmar

◉ “David helped me develop new ideas on how to practically communicate with the team.” David S., NGO leader in Myanmar

◉ “I  really appreciate the patience, and understanding David brought to our sessions.” David S., NGO leader in Myanmar

◉ Longer Testimonial by Afiwa M. Prudencio, Founder, Lao Gourmet :
Some people are naturally good at doing business, but for me it was a huge learning curve. The Lord has been calling me to start a business for a long time, but I kept postponing mostly because starting a business sounded like a huge scary mountain to me. Eventually, God persisted and won over me, and I reluctantly started the business with much fear and apprehension.
Having David as a coach tremendously helped me to reduce the scary mountain to chunks, to learn to walk as a business person, and to keep learning, re-evaluating, considering things with a different perspective, even though this whole enterprise leading thing is anything but natural to me. David has helped me as a teacher, as an encourager, and as someone who has often challenged my pessimistic perspectives. The fact that he has done this himself ; started businesses in challenging environments was also very helpful. It can become irritating when someone from the outside gives you advice while being completely clueless about your context. They are unable to truly empathize. With David, I felt understood as he had already dealt himself with many of my own hurdles. He was also able to point me to the right resources because he knew my context. This was a key point that made his coaching all the more precious to me. 
In the context in which we live, starting businesses can save lives. But for this to happen, we need determination, perseverance, courage and hard work. A coach is necessary in the building of determination, perseverance and courage. I wholeheartedly recommend David as a coach.

◉ “The sessions improved the quality of my work as an expat. I now understand my national colleagues and the way they reason, think and communicate better.” Thomas S. – Worker at an International NGO

◉ “Coaching with David helped me adapt my communication to the national culture more. I now have a better understanding of ‘High and Low Context’ connections and relationships.” Thomas S. – Worker at an International NGO

◉ “I am more motivated in view of how my job and tasks have been changing” Thomas S. – Worker at an International NGO

◉ “Our conversations gave me some tools for better situational management and a smarter way to lead and delegate” Thomas S. – Worker at an International NGO

◉ “Every session gave me unexpected insights I took on board in my leadership role and am still using.” Gerard Van Asselt, Operations Director at Operation Mobilization Zambia

◉ “The coaching experience showed me I need to take more time to reflect and think about how to do things, rather than just go on with them as before.”Gerard Van Asselt, Operations Director at Operation Mobilization Zambia

◉ “David is a great coach - there is great balance between letting me process things and some input. It’s not all questions, but where appropriate at time he gave advice, or suggested readings.” Gerard Van Asselt, Operations Director at Operation Mobilization Zambia

◉ “I have learned to reflect much more by myself which helps me to process what is going on in my life and work.” Gerard Van Asselt, Operations Director at Operation Mobilization Zambia

◉ “David helped me see situations from a different perspective and consider new solutions.” Courtney M., People Care Provider at OM Eastern Europe

◉ “The coaching experience strengthened my ability to consider those I am leading, their cultural leanings in the way I lead them.” Courtney M., People Care Provider at OM Eastern Europe

◉ “Coaching with David gave me more confidence in how I view ‘unachievable’ solutions.” Courtney M., People Care Provider at OM Eastern Europe

◉ “I thought I was a good listener and good at asking questions - this showed me that I need to improve in both areas.” Courtney M., People Care Provider at OM Eastern Europe

◉ “David improved my leadership skills by helping me think through situations and how to handle them.” Courtney M., People Care Provider at OM Eastern Europe

◉ “The coaching sessions were very impactful in helping me grow in considering cultural perspectives and how to creatively come up with solutions.” Courtney M., People Care Provider at OM Eastern Europe

◉ “As I went through the Coaching Journey, I realized that I have had thoughts, questions, doubts ... on a deeper level than expected. Coaching was the best approach to face and acknowledge my needs.” Anett S., Leadership Coach based in Germany

◉ “Coaching with David unlocked joy in finding ways how to grow my professional skills and develop my business instead of getting stuck on my inner limits.” Anett S., Leadership Coach based in Germany

◉ “David helped me navigate through the real issues behind my initial questions.” Anett S., Leadership Coach based in Germany

◉ “David offers a calm and safe space for self reflection and self exploration. That allowed me to discover limits I have created in my life and make decisions about what I want and how I can get it.” Anett S., Leadership Coach based in Germany

◉ “The Coaching Journey normalized my fears of all the uncertainty that my new season brings.” Mary K. - Coach, based in Turkey

◉ “I gained clarity on where fear came from my unrealistic expectations of myself to excel and succeed.” Mary K. - Coach, based in Turkey

 ◉“The process has given me the courage to test out things and learn to pace myself with the nature of what is before me.” Mary K. - Coach, based in Turkey

◉ “Coaching with David helped me develop more restfulness in the midst of uncertainty and situations beyond my control.” Mary K. - Coach, based in Turkey

◉ “Somehow I am able to appreciate the resources within me. The shift to using 'we' instead of 'I' became a game changer.” Mary K. - Coach, based in Turkey

◉ “David helped me tap into the energy to think creatively and innovativly” Mary K. - Coach, based in Turkey

◉ “The coaching sessions helped me find the strength to detach from what is not helpful and shift gear to attach to that part of me that helps me move forward.” Mary K. - Coach, based in Turkey

◉ “The Coaching Experience will help me to no longer give in too easily or simply procrastinate with excuses.” Mary K. - Coach, based in Turkey

◉ “Accountability for my actions and progress towards my goals helped me be motivated me  stay focused.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “The Coaching Experience developed my self awareness.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “Coaching with David strengthened my communications skills. I learned to express myself more effectively.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “I improved my leadership skills by learning how to delegate and resolve conflicts.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “Coaching showed me that I need someone to talk things through transparently and be accountable to.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “Having a coach has been one of my highlight in my learning experience [as part of a 24 months long leadership development program.]” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “Working with David has been a game changer for my personal growth and my leadership role. His coaching has helped me to become a better leader, make better decision and above all the self awareness.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “What I appreciate about David was his ability to help me see things from a different perspective.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “David challenged me to think creatively and outside my comfort zone and when I couldn't think of an answer he would always ask permission to give me some suggestions.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “I liked the fact that David understood the context that I was working in and his input with the cultural aspect of my work context was always welcomed.” Martha S., NGO Country Director

◉ “The coaching journey has been my highlight for the year. I’ve learned a lot about self awareness and making decisions and sticking to those decisions. Through the thought provoking questions that I was asked I was able to come to my own conclusions and make the right decisions.” Martha S., NGO Country Director 

◉ “Through coaching my confidence in speaking freely and disagreeing with other leaders grew.” Martha S., NGO Country Director 

◉ “ David helped me see that I take time to make decisions, so I have learned to ask people to give me the time I need, when possible.” Martha S., NGO Country Director 

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