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Why Coaching

Founder of Inspiring Potential


"Marielena is an outstanding coach. She has passion for her work and it is obvious that she cares about her clients. She listens and pays attention to the individual.  She helps senior executives define professional goals, prioritize their work efforts and see things from different perspectives. She has been a constant source of inspiration, motivation, encouragement and support for those she has coached. With her gentle, firm and sometimes blunt guidance she provided clarity of purpose and a strategy to translate executives' vision into reality. Her skills in coaching helped executives keep on track and focused on their goals.  She has kept executives accountable, taught them new skills, and reminded them to value themselves -- without reservation. Her consistent "can do" attitude and encouragement were invaluable to the ultimate success of the coaching experience. Having someone to ask the hard questions and help them clarify the answers benefited the executive personally as well as the company. I wholeheartedly recommend Marielena to anyone trying to grow personally and develop professionally."

Karen O'Connor- Esec Lending 

"Marielena has an amazing ability to get inside my head and help me to identify what my strategic goals and key management issues are (not as obvious as it may seem in today's business environment where just to keep one's head above water can feel like a major triumph) and how I might most effectively meet them.  I particularly value Marielena's insights into the giving and receiving of feedback."

Gary Hockins - UK Payments

"My experience with Inspiring Potential was very focused and personal. Marielena Sabatier is an experienced listener who prepared so much ahead of time with all the interested parties that true coaching and development began from the very first session. Her direct approach was tailored to my goals and objectives, addressing my feelings and perceptions continually throughout the process, and therefore breaking new ground and building an effective, ongoing program. Most impressive, her work provided ongoing tools for me to reuse as I need them, providing coaching that has lasted well beyond our sessions together. This was not a touchy-feely experience, but one where exercises gradually tested my comfort zone to great effect. If you can allow yourself to be truly coachable, accepting and acting on what Inspiring Potential presents instead of judging or evaluating the process, than Marielena's coaching will lead to career changing and life altering actions for you (and those around you)! "

Mat Gagne - Esec Lending

Marielena's Profile

Marielena is an experienced Executive coach and trainer whose primary focus is leadership development and interpersonal communication skills.

She had over 13 years experience of working in blue chip organisations before becoming an executive coach in 2003. Her finance career at Digital Equipment Corporation, Diageo, and MCI Worldcom, where she was a Commercial Finance Director, enables her to relate to the communication issues that senior executives encounter today.

She has held global and regional roles and worked in the USA, and Europe , and understands first-hand the cultural differences that global companies face today. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker.

Marielena is a successful business professional who over the years has become passionate about helping people develop personally and professionally. She has an MBA and an MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics. Additionally, she is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as a Professional Certified Coac ( PCC)  and holds qualifications in NLP and Executive Coaching.

Marielena combines her experience, studies in performance coaching and NLP to help executives achieve their full potential. She helps them challenge the doubts, beliefs and attitudes that are limiting their personal growth and helps them create an action plan to achieve their goals.

Her professional memberships include the International Coaching Federation, International Association of Coaching, Coachville, ANLP, and the American Board of NLP.

Marielena spoke at the Human Resources Conference in Bratislava in September 2008.

"Ms Sabatier´s speech at the Human Resources Conference 2008 was great asset for the participants who were mostly Slovak HR specialists. They were really satisfied and happy to hear new information about coaching and how does it work in foreign countries. Her speech was evaluated as one of the best at the conference. "

Zuzana Zentcova