Avantage is specialized in supporting work and well-being of high-performing creative professionals and teams.
When people are flourishing, teams and organizations are thriving.
Our services include coaching, training, facilitation and workshops – all tailored to meet the client's needs.
Our focus is to help people flourish.
Virpi Haavisto is a specialist in helping high-performing creative experts, leaders and teams.
Virpi is trusted by executives and experts in various areas of businesses from tech to design, from artists to athletes, including individuals, teams and organizations.
Her special expertise areas as a coach include creative expert work, leadership development, coaching leadership style and team work.
She works with individuals 1-on-1 and with teams like leadership teams, boards of directors, product and project teams. She helps organizations in leadership, interaction and organizational culture renewal and in strategy processes with an inclusive mindset.
Virpi's background is in technology, art & design, design management, business strategy, talent acquisition, organizational behavior, work psychology and leadership. Her trailblazing research is on emotions in creative expert work.
By her education Virpi is M.Sc. (Tech) from Helsinki University of Technology, and she has studied for her doctoral in University of Art and Design Helsinki, in Stern School of Business at New York University, in Åbo Akademi University and in Salford University. By her coach certification, she is Certified Personal and Team Coach - Solution-Focused, accredited by and a member of International Coach Federation ICF. She is also member of European Mentoring and Coaching Council EMCC.
Find more about Virpi here, as well as a complete list of her articles on leadership, creativity, emotions in work, organizational culture, coaching and team work, as also links to her interviews.
SERVICES TO YOUR NEEDS
One On One Coaching
One-on-one coaching is an impactful tool to support one's personal and professional development and well-being.
We coach on themes the most valuable and meaningful to our clients' development.
Coaching themes may be for example: clarifying and working out one's strengths, values and passions, or needs, goals and priorities, as well as challenges and areas of development and focus. E.g. when one is moving to a new role, wanting to clarify and proceed with goals, needing to work-out challenges, and when wanting to develop in a specific area, for example in leadership.
One On One Training
We train individuals, as well as teams and organizations, in leadership and interaction skills.
Focused individual one-on-one training is like a trusted mentoring relationship. And always fine-tailored accord to the client's needs.
To mention couple of our most famous individual training topics: Leading a Creative Expert Organization, Leadership Skills, Coaching Skills, Emotions in Work, Feedback Skills, Interaction Skills, Cooperation Dynamics, Mentoring Skills, Peer Mentoring Skills, Coaching Leadership Style, and Team Dynamics.
We use excellent, world-renowed personal, emotional intelligence and team profiling tools to bring data and awareness to both individual and team development and coaching.
We are a certified practitioner of WorkPlace Big Five Profile and Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0.
The assessment tools can be used as well in individual and team coaching, as also in career planning and recruitment contexts.
We coach teams on topics vital to the team's collaboration and success in order to help the team to become and perform better as a team.
Team coaching suits excellently to all kinds of teams: to leadership teams, product teams, project teams, sports teams and to boards of directors.
Every team is individual, so are the topics vital to them. Some examples of the team development topics: team’s purpose, values and common goal, communication and leadership culture, roles and responsibilities, becoming more aware of the team’s strengths and diversity, and getting to know each other better in order to be a stronger team.
Group coaching suits for ones who wants to be coached together with others in order to get a peer learning effect.
The group can be, for example, a group of people inside an organization who share the same interest of a specific topic, or the topic is otherwise equally meaningful for their development.
Topics of group coaching could be, for example: interaction and cooperation, leadership skills, team dynamics, emotions in work, feedback, self-leadership and motivation.
We train teams and organizations in leadership and interaction skills.
The trainings are fine-tailored accord to the client's needs.
To mention some of our most famous training topics: Leading a Creative Expert Organization, Leadership Skills, Coaching Skills, Emotions in Work, Feedback Skills, Interaction Skills, Cooperation Dynamics, Mentoring Skills, Peer Mentoring Skills, Coaching Leadership Style, and Team Dynamics.
We offer a specialized selection of workshop themes about emotions in work, creative work, team work and leadership.
To mention some of our well-tested and beloved workshop topics: Emotions in Work, Successes Together, Creative Leadership, Stronger as a Team, Coaching as a Tool, Joy of Work, Intrinsic Motivation, Passions of Creative Work, Giving and Getting Feedback, and Coaching Leadership.
Facilitation & Consulting
We facilitate and consult teams and organizations in strategic HR needs with interactive and participatory methods.
For example: in strategy processes, in leadership, interaction and organizational culture development, in recruiting and evaluations, in talent management and training development.
Creative Leaders Forum
We organize Creative Leaders Forum, a platform including events and fireside chats for creative professionals and leaders. Our topics include stories and insights, solutions and inspiring practices in the fields of creative work and leadership, culture creation and collaboration. Our aim in the forums is a relaxed collegial conversation.
Creative Leaders Forum is part of our pro bono activities since 2017. The events are open for everyone interested in creative work and leadership.
The latest forum was in Marimekko during Helsinki Design Week 2019. The next forum will be on September 10th 2020.
Pro Bono Coaching
We work pro bono for couple of aims close to our heart.
Avantage Leadership Coaching Program Navigating Upward
In spring 2020, we run Avantage Leadership Coaching Program Navigating Upward for 4 leaders, executives and entrepreneurs.
Leaders work always under great pressure while taking care of the people and the business. In all times of uncertainty and complexity, the pressure is multiplied. It is vital to navigate forward, to think clearly and to act focused. To grow awareness, to learn, to renew, to cooperate and to become even stronger together as a team. To navigate upward. Our initiative takes part to a global movement #4x4 launched by European Mentoring and Coaching Council EMCC. #NavigatingUpward.
In 2016-2019 we have coached pro bono Finnish Red Cross’s local departments’ volunteer leaders in the award-winning collaboration between International Coach Federation Finland and Finnish Red Cross.
Since 2017, we have been coaching and mentoring early-stage startups at Kiuas by Aaltoes, Aalto Entrepreneurship Society.
We are happy to lift up some of our cooperation partners.