Methodology

Methodology

Intellectual personal trainer

The Sparring Partner gives you support in how to deal with whatever situation you find yourself in. A partner who cares about you but has the advantage of not being involved in the day-to-day operations, not knowing how to do what you do, and not knowing what you can’t do. A prepared, experienced, thinking outside eye who has led teams, gained experience leading small, medium, and large companies in several Central European countries.

Methodology

Based on the business sparring partner methodology, we first assess the needs. We then define the objectives and develop a tailor-made action plan. After identifying the problems and defining the goals, I will do my best to support you. Together, we will find the best solutions. To do this, I will use all the tools at my disposal: experience, knowledge, and contacts.

It is never a question of whether there will be a problem. There are always challenges and stressful situations. The question is how we respond to it.

If we can rely on our inner calm, on our trust in ourselves and our colleagues, if we can calmly reflect on the situation and see it as an opportunity for improvement and learning, then we can make decisions that not only solve the problem, but also take a step towards working in a stronger, more resilient, and therefore better company.

Methodology
Zoltan Kaprinay

A Sparring Partner is not a coach or mentor

While we focus on supporting and developing the individual in all three activities, the methodology and approach is very different.

A coach helps with personal and professional development by discovering and harnessing inner resources and helping to set and achieve goals. In coaching, the coach does not necessarily give direct advice. Rather, it asks questions that encourage the individual to find solutions independently. Coaching relies heavily on the individual's inner motivation and self-awareness.

Like the coach, the mentor supports personal and professional development. In addition to asking stimulating questions, the mentor helps the individual by sharing his or her own experience, knowledge, and, in some cases, wisdom. A mentor is usually someone who has been through the journey the mentored person is on, so he or she can offer authentic support through their experience and advice.

The term sparring partner may be familiar from martial arts. In boxing, sparring is a form of training in which two fighters train together without engaging in a serious competitive fight. In this context, a sparring partner is someone who helps an individual or team to prepare, develop, and improve their skills for challenges and practical situations.

A Sparring Partner is not a coach or mentor

While we focus on supporting and developing the individual in all three activities, the methodology and approach is very different.

A coach helps with personal and professional development by discovering and harnessing inner resources and helping to set and achieve goals. In coaching, the coach does not necessarily give direct advice. Rather, it asks questions that encourage the individual to find solutions independently. Coaching relies heavily on the individual's inner motivation and self-awareness.

Like the coach, the mentor supports personal and professional development. In addition to asking stimulating questions, the mentor helps the individual by sharing his or her own experience, knowledge, and, in some cases, wisdom. A mentor is usually someone who has been through the journey the mentored person is on, so he or she can offer authentic support through their experience and advice.

The term sparring partner may be familiar from martial arts. In boxing, sparring is a form of training in which two fighters train together without engaging in a serious competitive fight. In this context, a sparring partner is someone who helps an individual or team to prepare, develop, and improve their skills for challenges and practical situations.

Zoltan Kaprinay

A Sparring Partner is a partner, business, intellectual personal trainer who

Sets common goals

Pursues the same goals as the company or project, so the relationship is built for mutual success.

Provides objective feedback

Helps individuals and teams see where their strengths and weaknesses are. In which areas they need to improve.

Brings in new perspectives

Often brings up opposing viewpoints or alternative approaches, stimulating thinking and solution-finding.

Provides support

Just like a sparring partner in sport, a business sparring partner supports and helps you to develop, even if it is sometimes critical.

Brings experience and expertise

You have relevant knowledge and experience related to your industry or function.

Creates a secure environment

Enables individuals and teams to try out new ideas, approaches, or strategies without fear of failure or failure to succeed.

Zoltan Kaprinay

The business sparring partner helps companies, teams, and individuals perform better in the face of challenges while promoting continuous learning and development.

Compared to previous concepts, a business sparring partner is similar to a mentor in that it is long-term and knowledge-based. However, it also includes coaching elements as it promotes reflection and self-discovery. The sparring partner has a stronger focus on business strategy, decisions, and goal achievement.

Therefore, a business sparring partner is like a boxing training partner who is on the same team but coaches and tests skills to improve performance and make it the best it can be.

Zoltan Kaprinay