Navigating the Productivity Puzzle with Skillsoft Coach Panagiotis Ntouskas

December 5, 2023 | Activate Learning | 4 min read

Despite living in an age of technological advancements intended to streamline tasks, many individuals still struggle with time management and achieving their goals efficiently. This paradox is particularly surprising, considering the number of productivity tools and methodologies available today.

From time-blocking techniques to digital apps designed to minimize distractions, there's no shortage of resources meant to bolster personal productivity. Yet, mastering these tools and techniques requires more than just understanding their mechanics—it demands a shift in mindset and a commitment to consistent practice.

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Meet Skillsoft Coach Panagiotis Ntouskas

Panagiotis is a multilingual and globally recognized professional coach who is passionate about helping individuals get the most out of their time with tactical productivity. Based in Athens, Greece, he has a diverse background, with nine years of experience in the operational industry, spanning sectors such as logistics and international transport, consulting, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals.

Fluent in English, German, and Greek, he holds a Professional Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation in addition to three Master's degrees, demonstrating his commitment to continuous learning and development. With approximately 1,000 hours of paid professional coaching under his belt, Panagiotis has a wealth of experience guiding individuals through their personal and professional growth journeys.

His specialty lies in personal productivity, where he excels at helping clients streamline their processes and optimize their time to achieve their goals more effectively. Panagiotis' unique combination of industry knowledge, coaching expertise, and commitment to personal productivity makes him an invaluable asset to anyone looking to enhance their performance and achieve their ambitions.

We had the pleasure of asking Panagiotis a few questions to gain insight into his coaching philosophy and why coaching is an impactful training tool.

Skillsoft: Can you provide an overview of your coaching philosophy and approach?

Panagiotis Ntouskas: My coaching is success-oriented and motivational, focusing on personal development and enhancing inspiration, creativity, and self-efficacy. Personal productivity coaching is a multi-dimensional niche that requires creativity as well as multi-dimensional and out-of-the-box thinking. I always try to follow a holistic approach in coaching. It's not always easy to distinguish between a personal and a professional topic, that's why for me every topic could be relevant for a coaching session.

Can you share any success stories or case studies from your previous coaching engagements?

I would like to share a testimonial from a client.

“Before working with Panagiotis, I felt so overwhelmed and stressed with my work. I felt like it took over my life and had no free time. Panagiotis helped me develop time management and organizational skills which have been invaluable. I am now working more effectively and have more time for other things in my life.”

In order to improve her productivity and time management, we had to identify the root cause of the issue. We analyzed how she spends her day, which was really an eye opener, especially when it came to how she prioritized various tasks and activities. Her main challenges were her difficulty to say no to unimportant tasks and the long, inefficient meetings. We achieved a productivity improvement of more than 40%, achieved through better prioritization, delegation, and more efficient meetings.

How do you support learners in developing their leadership skills and enhancing their professional growth?

Firstly, the coachee needs to gain awareness into where he or she stands in relation to leadership and power skills. A 360 assessment can be very helpful at this stage.

Secondly, the coachee needs to select areas of focus for personal development and be clear about why those are important. The next step is to dive deep into specific challenges the coachee faces and make an action plan for behavioral or other changes. Accountability and follow-ups are also keys to success in coaching.

What do you believe is the benefit to scaling leadership capabilities across the organization through coaching?

It's all about turning managers into leaders which leads to more empowered employees, enhanced productivity, and better results.

I think one of the biggest benefits is the increased sense of ownership. When everyone accepts responsibility and takes ownership of mistakes and challenges in a blame-free environment, the impact can be huge. People are not afraid to make mistakes, they are not afraid to take risks, and this is how progress is made.

Furthermore, leaders are both inspiring and inspired. They can motivate and enable their teams to strive for continuous improvement and contribute to organizational success.

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