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By Ms. S. R, TV anchor, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

“Marwa is a friend and I had heard much about coaching from her and actually at the beginning I wasn’t keen even to try it out, but what she was explaining about the power of hiring a coach raised my curiosity to see if it would help me get through a really messy life. The process of discovering my own values and actually understanding how it can differ from those of the people around me was invaluable, I realized that I could simply manage any conflict positively and no doubt the effects of that will positively affect both my future...

By Ms. P. K, Marketing Manager, Stockhol…

“It felt great to have someone listen without passing judgment on what I was saying… I had a trust issue and I used not to trust any one around. I signed up for a 3 month package and was surprised that after just the first four weeks I feel like I’m really becoming a new person – it’s as though the process makes something simply ‘click’ inside you.” Ms. P. K, Marketing Manager, Stockholm, Sweden.

By Mr. A. H, entrepreneur, London-UK.

“ Simply she is the best thing that could ever happen to you, just go and hire her” Mr. A. H, entrepreneur, London-UK.

By Mr. H. L, Vice President, Cairo-Egypt…

“Marwa has changed my life. Having just gone through a particularly difficult crossroad, it really helped me to know that there was someone that could actually listen. All who was around gave his version of what was right and what was wrong; Marwa helped me actually to see what is my right and my wrong. Marwa helped me to understand and realize that choices are mine and choosing not to chooses was my choice, which actually made hell of a difference to my whole understanding on how to take my next steps, thank you Marwa for being there” Mr. H. L,...

By Mrs. Y.A, Director, Dubai-UAE.

“I initially didn’t really understand or comprehend the need for an executive coach. I was forced on it by our HR. Marwa gave me a total different point of view. With her help, I was able to recognize where I could improve myself. I found balance in my work and home life. During my time with Marwa, I was required to make a very difficult decision on my career and family. With her help, it became the easiest transition I have ever had in my career. My only regret is, I wish I had found Marwa earlier in my career." Mrs....

By Mrs. L. R, Wife, Abu Dhabi – UAE

“I met Marwa on a social gathering and when she said she works as a coach I never thought life coaching was that important, thank you Marwa for being there. Your work is brilliant, wise, insightful and practically fitting within our local culture. Somehow revealing to my true self and getting in harmony with who I am instead of who I should be was all what I ever really needed. I truly enjoyed your help and admire your passion for growth, by far, one of the best decisions I have ever made.” Mrs. L. R, Wife, Abu Dhabi – UAE.

By Ms. H. T, entrepreneur, Abu Dhabi- UA…

“I went to Marwa for help to acquire a happy life. After only 4 sessions I can truly say that her coachmanship is one of the best things that I have ever done for myself. Her full understanding to our culture combined with her knowledge, great listening skills and just genuine care really helped me realize where my happiness lays.” Ms. H. T, entrepreneur, Abu Dhabi- UAE.

By S. K, CFO, Dubai- UAE

“Hiring Marwa as a coach has been really one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Her passionate, loving and caring nature make her a truly unique and inspiring mentor. In the short time I’ve worked with Marwa, I’ve become in harmony with myself and started to truly live life on purpose. In short, if you want clarity; inspiration; motivation; guidance – or all of the above – you’d be mad not to give Marwa a call. There’s a reason she’s regarded as one of the top Life Coaches around.” Ms. S. K, CFO, Dubai- UAE.

Is It Respect or Accept?

  • Wednesday, 02 January 2013 06:52

I usually find my self highly engrossed, enthralled and charmed by the amount of thought diversity I encounter in the workshops, specifically when I work with young emeriti nationals. 

As part of developing the UAE’s upcoming generations Emotional Intelligence competencies, I have been engaged in a 6-month development program with one of the government’s oil & gas companies in Abu Dhabi, UAE. With no surprise I was fascinated as usual.

In last week’s session, we were discussing the concept of regard of others; how it is important and how effective the relation is under such practice and belief.  The entire subject was revolving around how we should respect others being and understand how to separate the person from the action; separate the being from the doing. 

Only then one of the attendees raised his hand and told me, I simply just can’t, would it be ok to accept their being and not respect it!!!!

The question came as a bombshell and the room started murmuring here and there…and he went on…. when you say RESPECT I find my self helplessly associating my self in the others being and most of the times if I’m on conflict I simply fail to respect. I can’t respect bluntness, I can’t respect inflexibility, I can’t respect individualism, I can’t respect lots of things that are actually the main source of the created conflicts.  

While if you ask me to ACCEPT all of those things; I simply don’t feel that level of association and I’m being able to just accept the fact that we are different. The ACCEPT doesn’t make me experience the same physical symptoms of increased heart beat, blood rushing into my head, choking feeling in the throat and a the fair stomachache. I simply don’t have any physical symptoms when I simply ACCEPT. 

And out of 20 participants 15 highly agreed!!! 

Opening the discussion and dedicating the time for more inputs I found that the value of respect within the local culture is on top of the value pyramid of most of the attendees and associating it with difference and specifically cultural differences creates lots of dissonance which have highly deprived most of the attendees to embrace regard of others as a competency. While when we replaced the RSPECT with the ACCEPT it created more resonance and the regard of others as a competency was highly appreciated instead of resisted.

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Editor: Marwa Karoura

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