Training Days gave us valuable new perspectives to approach our challenges. And since we attended the event together with my co-founder, it was quite easy to take the learnings back to the company and start making changes. I'm surprised how we managed to get further within 2 days than we had managed to get in the last months.
Co-Founder of Relancer (at the time of mentoring)
Last summer, during one of the training programs at Cocoon, my co-founder and I had the opportunity to participate, although we were in different teams and different spots. It was an incredible experience as I joined other leaders in running through the forest, engaging in various activities while constantly debating and disagreeing on the best approach. Should I climb the tree or should you? Who should hold the map? Unfortunately, we failed to delegate and truly understand each other. It was in this natural environment that leadership revealed itself, asking, "Who will take charge?"
The following day, we had a session where coaches shared their childhood stories, delving into their feelings and the challenges they faced. I felt incredibly safe in that space, surrounded by a supportive environment. As the session progressed, other leaders began to open up, sharing their own experiences. And then, it was my turn...
The underlying concept of this exercise was that opening up helps oneself. However, I struggled to rationalize this idea. How could others empathize with my weaknesses if I were to expose myself? But it turned out to be a revelation! The moment I opened up, we achieved remarkable results on the first day, and as a team, we secured the top position. On the second day, my colleague commented, "Hey, you're a completely different person after opening up! I had no idea about this side of you!" It became evident that my vulnerability was, in fact, my strength, and others could indeed sympathize with my weaknesses. I was truly amazed by this realization.
Undoubtedly, it was challenging to expose myself in such a way, and I believe that all founders share similar experiences. I strongly encourage everyone to reflect deeply on their motivations: "Why do you do what you do? How can you become a better person for yourself, your team, your co-founders, and everyone involved? Where is your vision leading you?"
CEO of Monetizer
If you would like to be a professional athlete you would probably hire a coach? .Cocoon is just that but for a business. If you take building your business seriously you should consider .Cocoon. I see the largest benefit in .Cocoon’s focus on personal development and not just business. Business is built by people and this is why this kind of coaching should always start from building yourself.
I highly recommend the .Cocoon process for all the companies that have multiple founders and they want to achieve big goals together. No team ever works perfectly and it really helps to get outside professionals to coach you to work better.
Co-Founder & CEO of Jobilla
Marcel is a super compassionate human being who very much lives by his feelings and intuition. He’s sharp, has a huge network, and acts fast if he thinks he can help in any way. The quality and caliber of the people he’s introduced me to is out of this world. Like attracts like as they say.
CEO & Founder of Qurate
A key takeaway for me from the last Training Days was to listen to and trust other people. This especially involves trusting yourself to make those mistakes as a way to learn.
.Cocoon teaches you to touch the hot stove and despite knowing you get hurt, it also teaches you how to deal with it in a manner that allows you to not get burnt again by the same thing.
CEO of SKYCORP
I joined Training Days because of a need for an outside view of my own problems. I found out that by looking into other people's problems and trying to help them, I give advice to myself also. So addition to others telling me what to do, I get time and advice for myself also.
In practice, I have a bunch of suggestions from others and from myself to think through and implement in the near future.
CEO of Codelab
Last summer, my co-founder and I joined Cocoon's Training Days. Despite different teams and locations, it was an amazing experience. We engaged in activities, debates, and explored leadership. During the session, I discovered the power of vulnerability. Sharing my weaknesses led to remarkable results and improved teamwork. It was a revelation. Founders often face similar challenges. Reflect on your motivations and strive to become a better person for yourself, your team, and your vision.
CEO of Monetizer
At one moment I realized I'm stuck – I'm not sure which direction to go, how to deal with challenges, from who to ask for advice, because CEOs are usually lonely people.
Participation in .Cocoon Program has helped me to solve challenges in my business and also on a personal level.
I learned whatever challenge I will meet, most probably someone has already experienced it and there are at least several solutions.
Managing Partner of BuildIt Accelerator
.Cocoon Training Days helped to bring my attention to something I am not seeing myself - something that is stopping me from moving forward. I like that .Cocoon is not only business-focused, but also personally focused - that is usually the root of business problems. I have been attending regular business training events but .Cocoon Training Days was level higher.
CEO of Overly
When running a company, collecting data about performance is an essential practice, but we rarely even think of assessing human relations. .Cocoon Assessment was exactly about this - studying relationships to find what works and what does not.
Together we went over touchy subjects, our future plans, our fears and opinions and by the end of the assessment we were closer, more aligned, and had better knowledge of each other than we had before. .Cocoon Assessment does not magically fix teamwork, but it gives you the data you need in order to improve it.
Chief Growth Officer of Degritter
I joined the .Cocoon Training Days to get some neutral feedback from people who don’t know me or my business and talk about some of the issues I have been dealing with. I was surprised by how much useful and practical information I received from other team members and mentors throughout the 2 days. I am going to process the information, take the necessary steps and apply it to my everyday life. I am very thankful for the opportunity.
Founder of Tilk!
The mentors are asking the right questions and directing you to ask honest questions about yourself. This experience has definitely left a mark on my personal development and self-discovery. I highly recommend the program if you are stuck and feel that you need someone to figure out deeper meanings behind your actions, wishes, and thinking.
CEO of Bercman Technologies
I joined .Cocoon Training Days to learn more about myself - how to be happier and more successful. During those two intensive days, I was able to meet wonderful people with somewhat similar problems and I was able to clear up some of the mess that was going on in my mind. Thank you!
CEO & Co-Founder of Outl1ne
.Cocoon group mentoring has been ridiculously effective for me. Every session I discovered many unknown unknowns about myself and got deep insights from multiple perspectives that boosted the process of solving my personal and business challenges.
Co-Founder & CTO of Remato
After Leverage, I'm not confused anymore, what I want in my private life. I feel more grounded and centered from day to day. I have less concern about my fears. I learned abut my negative core beliefs and how they make me behave in situations -- for the first time in my life I've changed my approach to such situations.
CEO of Voog
I joined .Cocoon program because I saw that I and my company need a change to get better results. Since then I have brought many learnings from .Cocoon back to my company - we make sure that everybody in our team has the right job for them and that team members trust each other. I have met brilliant people through this program and gained a lot of food for thought for many months to come. Thanks .Cocoon!
Founder & CEO of GlobalReader
At first, I was sceptical of being mentored through a video call and sharing personal information in a group setting. But hearing other members share their thoughts was actually very valuable, as I could relate and learn from them. Chatting on Zoom wasn't an issue either, everyone was focused and connected.
I got tons of value from each session, which positively impacted my business and relationships. Helping me make better decisions and feel better every day, what more could I ask for
CEO & Founder & teacher of Studya Edu
The initial thought of having to do it all virtually seemed like a disappointing outcome. However, not only did it all come together magically, but we became the first "new wave" and perhaps learned things differently because of this.
A key takeaway for me from the last event was to listen to and trust other people. This especially involves trusting yourself to make those mistakes as a way to learn.
The virtual stress that was induced was also different, but a great challenge to overcome.
I feel proud to have been working together with great mentors and founders. It was an unforgettable experience with a lot more to process in days to come.
CEO of SKYCORP
I joined because I've heard good things about .Cocoon Training Days.
I learned that others can have similar problems as I have. My thinking has definitely changed.
The experience was good - I feel a bit drained, but happy that I got this experience. Let's go to work and put these experiences into our life.
COO of Eyevi Technologies
I joined because I felt there is an obstacle standing in the way and that obstacle was within me – therefore too close to see, let alone tackle or address it.
I wasn’t really aware of the female leadership being so prominent in me. But TBD - reflection is needed.
Founder & CEO of The Hair Fuel
My co-founder sold me the idea to take part in .Cocoon Training Days. It was organized very well and I'm pleased that the experience was as good as I was hoping. And I was hoping a lot! :) Really great was that I was pulled out from the game and I got immediate feedback during the game and I could change my behaviour and see right then how that affected the team dynamic.
CTO & Co-Founder of Outl1ne
I joined the Mentoring Group without huge expectations, but I was already amazed at how good group sessions were with the first session. Most of the time, you are not speaking, but actually, that is good. You have more time to think and reflect. This group is suitable for everyone who wants to move to the next level in their entrepreneurial journey. One caveat is that you have to be open to sharing and reflecting. In that case, it works the best.
CTO of Vaal