“The Lonely Genius is a Myth” & How to Hold Successful Meetings: Caterina Kostoula

“The Lonely Genius is a Myth” & How to Hold Successful Meetings: Caterina Kostoula


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My guest for Episode #85 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Caterina Kostoula. She is an executive coach and founder of The Leaderpath. Prior to The Leaderpath, Caterina was a Global Business Leader at Google where she managed some of the company's largest C-level partnerships. She was also an internal coach, awarded a 5-star-rating distinction from her coachees. Before Google, Caterina worked in advertising.

Caterina has coached leaders from Google, Amazon, Vodafone, WPP, Ferrero, ArcelorMittal, Workable, and several entrepreneurs. She collaborates with INSEAD, coaching Executive MBAs and alumni. She is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.

She is the author of the book, released today, Hold Successful Meetings, published by Penguin Business.

Caterina has lived in more than seven countries across America, Europe, and Asia. She now lives in London. She writes about personal development on Forbes, Fast Company, and Thrive Global. In 2017, she was one of Medium’s top writers on self-improvement, life lessons, and relationships.

She holds an INSEAD MBA and an Executive Coaching Accreditation and MSc from Ashridge Business School. She has two young children and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Topics and questions:

  • What is your favorite mistake?
    • Mistake: kept generating and making all of the decisions as a solopreneur
    • Lesson: Cannot make impact without a team – not just outsourcing
    • Mentor asked: What kind of leader do you want to be?
  • In theory, leaders want ideas… but there's subtle sabotage
  • Why write the book? Out of pain and frustration?
  • What does “successful” mean in context of meetings?
  • 4 reasons to have a meeting — 4Ds
  • Common mistakes related to meetings?
  • Mistakes with Virtual meetings?
    • More tiring — make them shorter, take breaks every 45 min
    • Interaction is harder – more interruption
    • Meetings need more structure as a countermeasure
    • Using breakouts
  • Quiz – how successful are your meetings?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.