Tatiana Poliakova

Leadership Coach


Tatiana Poliakova

Tatiana Poliakova is an experienced executive coach with 23 years of leadership experience in international investment banking and management consulting. She started her coaching business, TatianaCEO, in 2019 after completing her coaching qualification at Henley Business School. Tatiana also holds an EMCC accredited Team Coaching certificate from the Global Team Coaching Institute, as well as a Certificate in the Fundamentals of Systemic Coaching and Constellations. Tatiana coaches senior leaders one-to-one, enabling them to pierce through their limitations and amplify their impact while taking care of their own needs. She has partnered with three amazing coaches via Adaptaa Ltd, delivering leadership coaching programmes for international investment banks such as Unicredit, Natixis, BNP Paribas, and investment management and private equity businesses such as CVC, GIC, KKR, Permira, and Cinven. Her clients connect with their authenticity and are empowered to fully express it in the world.

In words of one of her clients, serial entrepreneur and mountaineer: “Tatiana takes me to the places within myself that provide me with an exponential growth. She does to my brain what my personal trainer does to my body”

Email: Tatiana@adaptaa.co.uk 

LinkedIn : http://linkedin.com/in/tatiana-poliakova-11837515

Website : www.tatianaceo.com and  www.adaptaa.co.uk

It is not boasting if you did it! Why it is essential to claim your achievements

In the world of business, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions. While progress has been made in recent years, women continue to face a unique set of challenges when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder. One of the most significant obstacles women face is a reluctance to openly claim their achievements.

I have seen this time and time again in my 23-year career in international investment banking and as an executive coach for women leaders. Women are often hesitant to speak up about their accomplishments and contributions, even when they have achieved something truly remarkable. This reluctance to claim their achievements can hold women back from fully enjoying and expanding in their leadership roles.

One example of this came from my banking days when I encouraged a female colleague who had just closed an amazing transaction to send a wider email, not only to her direct managers but also to other teams announcing her contribution to that transaction. She told me that she was afraid that it would come across as “boosting”. I explained to her that sharing her accomplishments would not only benefit the company but also help others see her potential as a caring and talented employee. Research shows that men are often promoted for their potential, while women are promoted for their achievements. Being able to claim your achievements and let others know about them is a path to communicate your potential.

Next time you hesitate speaking about your achievements, ask yourself, who would really benefit from knowing about it? And remember, it is not boosting if you did it! Another story involves a senior female leader in charge of multibillion investment funds. She was pitching to be included in an important committee for a banking supervisory organization, and her pitch focused on justifying why her skills were beneficial for that committee. Through our coaching sessions, we discovered that she was actually trying to prove to herself that she deserved to be in the room where important conversations were held. Once she realized that she already had the experience and achievements to make her a main contributor in those conversations, that she does not have anything to prove, her approach changed, she started approaching her discussions with different energy. She was able to make a greater impact and derive more joy from her work.

A third story involves a mentoring situation. A business leader had two mentees, one male and one female, both of whom were great candidates for a regional leadership role. Both had around 80% of the skills required for the next position, and both had to work on developing the remaining 20% of skills. The male mentee acknowledged the skills he already had, giving him the confidence to explore what was possible. The female mentee, on the other hand, focused on the 20% she was lacking, making her less confident in her ability to take on the role. By acknowledging her accomplishments so far and encouraging her to see her potential, the mentor was able to help her progress to the leadership role.

By not claiming their achievements, women limit their potential for impact. It takes courage to push through discomfort, but owning and claiming your achievements is the first step in creating new opportunities for greater impact. When approaching new opportunities with the energy of what you’ve already achieved, your brain will be less in survival mode and more in creative opportunity exploring mode. The confidence to take on new challenges will come after, not before, you push through the discomfort.

When you claim your achievements, you not only help yourself but also inspire and motivate other women around you. By sharing your accomplishments, you can help others see that they too can achieve great things. You become a role model for other women who are trying to climb the corporate ladder.

Of course, owning your achievements is not always easy. It requires a certain level of confidence and courage to put yourself out there. But, as women, we owe it to ourselves and to other women to be brave and own our achievements. We must take pride in our accomplishments and not let anyone make us feel like we are “boosting”. When we own our achievements, we create a path for ourselves and others to follow.