From a kitchen table to operating in 20+ countries
As a London-based mum, Nikita realised that the French lessons available online for her children were not interactive and attractive at all. Her children were not interested to learn French anymore. She thought there was a business opportunity.
Our first coaching session in 2018 was to start framing the vision. How to teach French grammar in line with the French educational system while keeping it all fun?
The biggest challenges
The biggest challenge, by far, was to believe it was possible. How to reconcile the vision to operate in multiple countries with a successful business – while starting with a few Excel spreadsheets on a kitchen table. All that in an industry that Nikita had no knowledge of and a limited knowledge of IT.
An entrepreneurial journey is made of big successes and also failures. Along the journey, a large part of my role was to create a mental foundation to support the complete transformation of Nikita’s life. The biggest work for me was to help her to harness the growth mindset: How can you constantly improve?
Becoming CEO and managing a team, selecting priorities, creating a culture, developing the marketing while keeping an eye on expenses and generating the necessary revenue…
36 months later…
Her website is a complete success and is used in 20+ countries in the world. Schools in the USA, UK, Germany, and Switzerland have access to the programs created.
She feels alive, proud of herself, and has a very busy life but a life worth living.
The Coaching view
As a coach, I am fully invested in the decisions of my coachees. This coaching journey allowed me to see first-hand the power of determination. We quickly rooted it in a purpose-driven business where the service will be offered to charities that support children with difficulty. This purpose allowed Nikita to stay strong during the multiple storms she faced.