"Like many fast-growing tech startups, HotelTonight has many first-time managers who were previously individual contributors. Anamaria’s relationship with us began when she created a completely customized leadership coaching program for these new managers, combining group, individual and peer coaching. This was so successful, we invited her back to create a group coaching program for the entire company…Our team, from top to bottom, has learned more about themselves and has become more comfortable and confident in their relationships with other team members, whether in terms of collaboration, feedback or management."
"When Michael and I first spoke about company culture, I was struck by how thoughtfully he spoke about the nuances of effective communication and how company culture is defined as much by what we do not do, as it is defined by what we do. I admittedly had not given much attention to shaping our culture, though was urged to consider how this is one of the most valuable assets of a young startup. A company with strong vision and invigorating culture is as important as the ideas you pursue. Michael's advice helped me identify areas where and how communication among team members could be improved, which helped us execute better as a team."
"I’ve been fortunate to work with Anamaria before founding Guild (in a t-group at the Stanford GSB) and then throughout our journey from pre-seed through Post Series B, and onward! Her 1:1 coaching and founder retreats have proved invaluable for me. There's truly no substitute for having a trusted partner -- who understands the roller coaster of startups -- on your team to help you work through the most pressing challenges of founding a company. Anamaria is a gift to founders and an important part of my and my company's success to date. "
"I began coaching as an inveterate skeptic. Over the past 6 months of working with Michael, I’ve become convinced that it really works! Michael’s helped me unpack the deeply rooted beliefs that drive some of the behaviors I’ve tried and failed to change in the past. I’ve observed and measured (yes, quantitatively) the impact of Michael’s support and seen meaningful positive changes in both my work and personal life. Michael is deeply knowledgeable, highly empathetic, and always there for me. I can’t express how fortunate I feel to have Michael as my coach and friend."
“Anamaria and I worked together at a very important stage of growth in my company (growing from 7 to 15 employees over a 6 month period), and she was an incredibly valuable advisor through that change. While a culture of open feedback had always been a part of our company, we realized that we needed to institutionalize a feedback process so that we were creating an environment where employees could learn, grow and perform. Anamaria worked closely with me to develop a 360 degree review process for my team and me based on what we wanted to accomplish. She also conducted the performance review for me after interviewing my board as well as my team, which was incredibly valuable. The work she and I did together laid the foundation for a higher performing team with clear goals and a sense of where we can each improve and grow. I trust Anamaria completely and always appreciated her intent listening, thoughtful questions and open mind."
"Michael has the rare gift of allowing the client to steer the conversation and develop insights, and yet he very much adds value and amplifies insights along the way. Many times I bring up things with him in the course of conversation that I am not necessarily expecting to be a centerpiece of an interesting conversation, and yet he senses the value, stops to make sure we discuss, and helps me shape my reflections. Conversely, sometimes I bring up things I know are important, and he pivots the conversation in a new and insightful manner. I think of Michael as what The Mirror, Mirror on The Wall should have been – he has a nose for what should be discussed, and is highly effective at reflecting, honing and challenging your insights on that topic to facilitate self improvement."