Meet AfT Founder


Jacek ‘Skyski’ Skrzypczyński

Leadership/executive/team Coach/trainer/consultant
Professional Certified Coach – PCC ICF accredited coach
Certified professional coach by M. Goldsmith, CTI and TCI;
Best trainer by Forbes (2004)

Jacek has broad experience in the field of people and organizational development for international and Polish corporations. Expert in Leadership Development, Team Coaching and Experiential Learning. Also works as an executive and expat coach as well as an MBA professor at Franklin (USA), Viadrina (Germany) and WSB Universities.

Author of many articles and models in the fields of management, leadership and personal growth. Holds a diploma of Master of Science in Management from the University of Calgary, Canada. Privately passionate about mountain climbing – led expeditions to Patagonia, the Himalayas, Alaska and Yukon – a source of inspiration for his public speaking and coaching of top performers in business and sports. Polish and Canadian citizen, currently residing in Poland and Spain.

He has worked as a senior trainer at Outward Bound Canada, Canadian Armed Forces, consultant in Neumann Management Institute, business development manager in Achieve Global Learning Systems, Impact Development Training Group, as well as expat/executive coach at Marshall Goldsmith, CoachU and NetExpat, Brussels. Has developed and led programs for many international corporations including: American Express, ASK, Bank of Montreal, Bank Zachodni WBK, Cadbury-Wedel, Centra-Exide, Coca Cola, Commercial Union, Dialog, Era, Esso, Eurobank, Finning, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Hochtief, Hongkong Bank, Impel, Kompania Piwowarska, Leroy Merlin, McCain, Polkomtel, PwC, Rothmans, Royal Bank, Sanofi-Bicom, Shell, Siemens, Sun, Toyota, Viessmann, Volvo, Xerox.


For 25 years Jacek has specialized in working with leaders and their teams allowing him to deeply understand people’s behaviors, organizational processes and effective methods to achieve and sustain business change. For the last 12 years his main focus has been working with management teams and boards of directors of international corporations. His services include training, consulting as well as individual and team coaching – especially in the area of creating vision, top team consolidation around strategy and solving difficult management or business growth challenges – on the individual, team and organizational level. Recently, he is working more and more 1 to 1 with general managers and CEO’s.

Jacek’s leadership journey is full of interesting stories. Since the age of 16 he has been leading groups on 3-week wilderness trips. At the age of 21 he has successfully led a Himalayan expedition. Explorer in himself turned inward as he decided to lead people on personal development expeditions lasting up to 60 days. These included working with the Canadian Army cadets in Alaska, wilderness challenge for leaders in Canadian Rockies, working with generals – turned directors from global security company, medical doctors, teachers and corporate heads. Working away from civilization or any available help, in tough conditions, taught him how to overcome any difficulty and lead people to achieve their professional and personal dreams.

The second part of his career is closely focused on business. Here he calls managers forth to achieve outstanding results and develop their people. As an expert in Leadership and Team Coaching he has developed and led more than 3000 hours of leadership and teamcoaching programs in many countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. He is also actively involved in international professional organizations – International Coach Federation, Experiential Education Europe and many others.

Having broad understanding of corporate management needs, international profile, experience in bringing business results and unique methods of training and coaching delivery allows him to be involved with a variety of organizational development projects. His truly extraordinary mix of soft and hard business skills, coaching/management education and personal experience make him a coach that can inspire and support top managers facing the most difficult challenges.


Completed Coaching Academy by Coaches Training Institute; Team Coaching Intl. and Marshall Goldsmith Coach Certifications, Erickson Coaching College, provocative coaching training and many train the trainer courses. Holds a diploma of Master of Science in Management from University of Calgary, Canada.

(past and presents)

  • International Coach Federation– founder of an ICF chapter
  • Vice-president of HR Management Association
  • Senator of Junior Chamber International
  • Member-founder of Lower-Silesian Management Forum
  • Polish-Canadian and British-Polish Chamber of Commerce
  • Experiential Education Europe – leader and conference host


  • Avid mountaineer and mountain guide. President of Academic Alpine Club – led expeditions to Patagonia, Himalayas, Alaska and Yukon.
  • Leads Vision, Courage and Leadership Expeditions
  • Canoe instructor and lifeguard. Kayaker, diver and rafter. Won 1st place in the National Geographic competition.
  • Avid traveler, chess player and meditation enthusiast.
  • Continuous learning and personal development

Selected Major Leadership/Coaching Engagements


  • Esso, Leadership Development, Calgary, Canada
  • Hong Kong bank – leadership culture, Vancouver, Canada


  • Shell, Top Team Consolidation, Calgary, Canada
  • Royal Bank, New Vision of Collaborating, Vancouver, Canada


  • Finning, Team Building, Vancouver, Canada
  • American Express, Top Team Communication, Vancouver, Canada


  • Training with Achieve Global Learning Systems
  • Business Development Manager with Achieve Global


  • Training as Leadership trainer – Impact Development Training Group, UK
  • Sanofi Biocom – Team Mastery, Mazury, Poland
  • Rothmans – large team-leadership events, Poland
  • Xerox – large team leadership events, Poland and Czech Republic
  • Coca-Cola – large team development program, Warsaw, Poland
  • Coca-Cola Romania – team leadership development
  • Era (Deutche Telekom) –several teams development


  • Polkomtel – top executive team development
  • Hochtief – developing leadership in departments, Warsaw
  • Viessmann – top Europe team development (10 years)
  • Polkomtel – developing department teams (9 teams- 4 years)
  • Centra Exide – leadership team coaching, Poznan ( 4 years)


  • Polkomtel (French Telecom), IT department – team development
  • Polkomtel Admin and Marketing – team consolidation
  • Era HR – team development
  • Volvo IT and Volvo Production
  • Toyota Engineering team


  • BestFoods, top team leadership, Wroclaw
  • Unilever – department consolidation, Poznań
  • Viesmann – sales teams training, Wroclaw
  • General Electric – top expat team development
  • Hochtief – top management team development


  • SABMiller-Kompania Piwowarska, World Class Manufacturing
  • 3 breweries, all employees, teamwork, leadership
  • Dialog Telekom – department leader training


  • General Electric – factory Klodzko
  • General Electric – factory Łódź
  • Dialog Telekom – team coaching/consolidation


  • SABMiller – performance management, Leadership Academy
  • Volvo – Assessment & Development centre for managers


  • Viessmann Leadership program
  • HP team development
  • Arvato Bertlsmann – Top Team coaching
  • DeLaval – Top team Coaching
  • G4S Global Leadership program (5 continents) – team and individual coaching


  • Alstom – merging communication
  • Helwett Packard – International Training
  • Arvato Bertelsmann – Mid Team consolidation
  • De-Laval – Mid Team consolidation – team coaching


  • Coaches Training Institute – coach training
  • Impel and HP – departments training
  • Siemens – Leadership program
  • Boeringher Ingleham – new vision and cultural change


  • Whirlpool – 3 factories – teamwork/leadership for 20 teams
  • Bombardier Europe – individual coaching – 4 executives
  • Commercial Union – Team coaching – 3 top team consolidation
  • Bertelsmann – values and vision workshops
  • Assessment Center + Deloiite
  • Training with Marshall Goldsmith – 12 days


  • Creator – Leadership Coaching school – Edition 1, 2
  • Nestle Lawyer’s team
  • Volkswagen – top team values
  • AIB BZWBK – Leadership coaching for top 60
  • BZWBK – Team coaching


  • Creator of the Executive Leadership Program WSB University
  • Individual coaching – PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young
  • Managers’ development – Mondi – Chicago, Lancaster, USA
  • Key Speaker – leadership conference Barcelona


  • Executive Leadership Program WSB
  • Individual coaching – BZWBK, Volkswagen
  • Volkswagen – managing change project
  • Neurosicence of Leadership London
  • Key Speaker – leadership conference Tokyo


  • Executive Leadership Program WSB – Editon 3
  • Individual coaching – BZWBK, Volkswagen
  • Leadership Coaching school – edition 5
  • Creator of H model for leadership coaching


  • SRG Guardian – Top Team Coaching
  • Novartis – Sandoz – Top Team coaching
  • Leadership Coaching school – edition 7
  • KGHM – department of new investments


  • Leadership Coaching school – edition 6
  • Volkswagen – managers’ leadership development
  • KGHM (biggest copper company in the world) – HR department
  • Synexus Medical – top team coaching + individual coaching of MD’s