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Hi, I'm Witold Kowalski  

Witold specializes in business mentoring with positive effects on your private life. He has helped many people in becoming more effective and happy at work, employees in becoming managers and managers in growing to become real leaders.

Warsaw, Poland
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About Witold

Your life is like a two-sided coin with work and personal life on each side. One of the 2 sides may be exposed to sunshine while the other may face greasy mud. “Your coin” can stand on its edge with a great work/life balance but it is often difficult. It may also be half way in mud without giving you a real professional and personal satisfaction. I can help you make “your coin edge” thicker, so both sides of “your coin” are exposed to sun (when it comes) and you can roll it in any direction you want.

I have 20 years of general management experience in international corporations and 2 years as an independent business consultant. 

My Training and Qualifications

  • Master of Economics
  • Member of European Coaching and Mentoring Association
  • Completed International Coaching Community (ICC) course

My Coaching and Work Experience

  • 13 years as a GM of Nike Poland (a U.S based global leader in sport industry)
  • 7 years as a GM of Telepizza Poland (a Spanish pizza home delivery chain)
  • 2 years of running own consulting business - WK Profit Consulting. My clientbase includes such brands as Timberland, Sizeer, UBS, Converse, CapGemini, G-Star, Hunkemoeller and O’Neill.
  • Managed teams from 5 to 700 people
  • Received over 20 company and industry awards for business performance, brand management, running culture igniting in Poland and charity
  • 4th place of Nike Poland in “The Most Mother Friendly Company in Poland” competition
  • 3 start-up projects: Telepizza Poland, Nike Poland, WK Profit Consulting
  • In all above activities, I used mentoring and coaching as a tool to build effective and motivated teams which proved to be successful. I do think that human factor is the most important in any business.

 

Customer Reviews

  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 04 Aug 2015

    I will miss you; I have not often found a GM with such a passion for people, and who pays attention to the “human factor” of running a company, and also has a great sense of humour.


  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 15 Jun 2015

    Thank you for 12 years. You are a super GM and a super Human Being. I have learned a lot from you and you helped me so many times with your advice, also in private life…


Customer Reviews

  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 04 Aug 2015

    I will miss you; I have not often found a GM with such a passion for people, and who pays attention to the “human factor” of running a company, and also has a great sense of humour.


  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 15 Jun 2015

    Thank you for 12 years. You are a super GM and a super Human Being. I have learned a lot from you and you helped me so many times with your advice, also in private life…


  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 18 Mar 2015

    …As the Chinese discovered a couple of thousand years ago, written words are easier to remember, are more powerful and you can enjoy them for longer time. Since GMs like you are so rare (as you ran our organization for a dozen of years for various firms and Corporation, I know many GMs), as your employee, I would like to thank you at least in a symbolic way, and recognize you for several things, which are important to me. First, the fact that you are a real person and a man of the highest integrity. You were always easily approachable and have a great sense of humor. You are also an effective boss and charismatic leader – I learned so much from you. Thank you for your passion, your quick wit, your ability to challenge me intellectually … and I truly enjoyed our discussions on world travels and human values; for honesty and authenticity and super positive energy; for being a great companion and for the amazing atmosphere that you created, this is what made it worth being with this company for 6 years. Thank you very much and I will always have positive memories of this period of my life and career, the time when Witek Kowalski was my Director and mentor.


  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 07 Dec 2014

    … I will miss you a lot as a boss and a human being. You inspired me to work and created an environment that people wanted to be a part of.


  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 04 Nov 2014

    Witek, keep in touch and know that without you, nothing will be the same. I AM in this company, mainly because you lead us. I owe you a lot and learned a lot from you…


  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 11 Aug 2014

    Thank you for 12 years. You are a super GM and a super Human Being. I have learned a lot from you and you helped me so many times with your advice, also in private life…


  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 04 Aug 2014

    … I will miss you a lot as a boss and a human being. You inspired me to work and created an environment that people wanted to be a part of.


  • from Nicholas on 27 Jun 2014

    …I will miss you; I have not often found a GM with such a passion for people, and who pays attention to the “human factor” of running a company, and also has a great sense of humour.


  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 27 May 2014

    Witek, keep in touch and know that without you, nothing will be the same. I AM in this company, mainly because you lead us. I owe you a lot and learned a lot from you…


  • from Daniel Ambroziak, ex- Key Account Sales Executive, Nike Poland on 19 May 2014

    “I had the real pleasure to work with Witek for 7,5 years at Nike Poland. Witold built the whole Nike Poland organization from the beginning. Thanks to his business experience, focus on details & creativeness we have quickly become No 1 Sports Brand in Poland delivering outstanding profitability for both: Nike organization and Nike partners. Moreover, Witek's enthusiasm, flexibility, natural coaching & leadership skills helped us (Nike employees) to develop individually and to become the greatest Team.”


  • from Matthijs Visch, General Manager, Nike Turkey on 06 May 2014

    Future business (and brand) success won't come with just strong strategic plans and smart teams. The difference will be made by inspirational leaders that have the skills to unleash the potential of their teams. Witold is such a leader and it has been a pleasure to work with him and learn from him.


  • from Matthijs Visch, General Manager, Nike Turkey on 23 Apr 2014

    “Future business (and brand) success won't come with just strong strategic plans and smart teams. The difference will be made by inspirational leaders that have the skills to unleash the potential of their teams. Witold is such a leader and it has been a pleasure to work with him and learn from him.”


  • from Krystyna Dzan, Sales Director, Nike Poland on 14 Mar 2014

    “Witold is one of most experienced GM within Nike organization. During his 12 years of managing Nike Poland business Witold accelerated business, established distribution network and most importantly developed talents within Nike Poland organization. Witold is a highly experienced mentor and coach for total Nike Poland organization and his retail management experience is at the highest level among Polish professionals.”


  • from Daniel Ambroziak, ex- Key Account Sales Executive, Nike Poland on 11 Mar 2014

    I had the real pleasure to work with Witek for 7,5 years at Nike Poland. Witold built the whole Nike Poland organization from the beginning. Thanks to his business experience, focus on details & creativeness we have quickly become No1 Sports Brand in Poland delivering outstanding profitability for both: Nike organization and Nike partners. Moreover, Witek's enthusiasm, flexibility, natural coaching & leadership skills helped us (Nike employees) to develop individually and to become the greatest Team.


  • from David Thomson, General Manager, Nike Russia on 11 Feb 2014

    “I had the fortune to work with Witold in the same senior management group over a 7 year period. I found him to be an extremely mature and knowledgeable colleague who was always willing to use his wealth of business experience in offering advice to his array of colleagues. An inspirational leader to his team and a business leader who consistently delivered against his commitments I always regarded Wiltold as a true asset to the Nike team.”


  • from Richard Rademan, Director Brand Protection CEE, Nike European Operations Netherlands on 31 Jan 2014

    I have known and worked with Witold for at least 3 years whilst he was the GM for Nike Poland. Beyond his general mandate in leading and managing Nike Poland Witek was also a great supporter and champion of the role of Brand Protection of the Nike brand and supporting the local Brand Protection Manager and strategy. As much as this may not have been his function, he clearly understood the importance of a country manager been committed to turning brand protection from a loss generator to a profit generator.


  • from Karsten Koehler, General Manager Czech Republic and Slovakia on 29 Jan 2014

    Witold is a very experienced, inspirational and successful Business Leader. He is known for his success in finding innovative ways to transform and dominate for Nike the Polish marketplace, to create mutually profitable partnerships with his retailers and for developing a world-class team. I wish Witold the very best for the future!


  • from Hans van Willige, General Manager CEMEA Distributors, Nike EMEA on 27 Jan 2014

    When I think of Witek (Witold), I recall tremendous positive energy. As General Manager of Nike Poland, he had the right attitude, raw smarts, and relentless commitment to turn bold plans and visionary concepts into a successful reality. Apart from being an accomplished professional, Witek has a big and caring heart (and a witty sense of humor). Rightfully so, he was seen as a true people manager and friend by his colleagues across the Nike organization. I highly recommend him and will be happy to share additional context upon request.


  • from Michael Levi, Strategic Account Director, CEE, Nike EMEA on 24 Jan 2014

    Witek is one of those few managers you meet who have a unique ability to command respect from everyone. The respect came from the way he was able to lead the Nike Poland team to constantly push the bar one level higher. They were often the benchmark and the innovators in our region constantly coming up with better ways of driving and managing the business. It is Witek's thought leadership and consistent, confident management style that was the driving force of change and improvement within that team.


  • from Jim Savino, Global Business Operations Director. Nike, Inc on 21 Jan 2014

    I worked with Witek as we established our first Nike owned office in Warsaw. Witek was hired as the General Manager of Nike Poland. He did an outstanding job of building a team and a strategy, quickly developing an understanding of the Nike Brand as well as the culture. He understood the balance between the global nature of the Brand, and applying local relevance without compromising the Brand. He was also a strong team builder and able to attract top talent into the Nike organization. I would highly recommend Witek as someone who can mentor leaders both within and outside of the fashion/sports sector. He understands both the wholesale and retail aspects of this business thoroughly. Witek also understands what it takes to build a profitable business model, and the key levers to use in order to create the biggest impact. He will have a positive impact on building your team, and enabling you to grow your business in a profitable and sustainable manner.


  • from Employee of Nike Poland on 09 Dec 2013

    …As the Chinese discovered a couple of thousand years ago, written words are easier to remember, are more powerful and you can enjoy them for longer time. Since GMs like you are so rare (as you ran our organization for a dozen of years for various firms and Corporation, I know many GMs), as your employee, I would like to thank you at least in a symbolic way, and recognize you for several things, which are important to me. First, the fact that you are a real person and a man of the highest integrity. You were always easily approachable and have a great sense of humor. You are also an effective boss and charismatic leader – I learned so much from you. Thank you for your passion, your quick wit, your ability to challenge me intellectually … and I truly enjoyed our discussions on world travels and human values; for honesty and authenticity and super positive energy; for being a great companion and for the amazing atmosphere that you created, this is what made it worth being with this company for 6 years. Thank you very much and I will always have positive memories of this period of my life and career, the time when Witek Kowalski was my Director and mentor.


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