Posts in Eesmärgid

Keep learning

April 11th, 2024 Posted by Eesmärgid 0 thoughts on “Keep learning”

Whenever I think I know, I’m trapped. So I keep discovering myself and the unknown about the things I assume I know.

Laughing and meaning

April 1st, 2024 Posted by Eesmärgid 0 thoughts on “Laughing and meaning”

At a session with Marshall Goldsmith I once again realised how laughing together is like a bridge to a space space of joy and connection.

And it is the safe space where deep reflection and insight can occur.

Systemic Team Coaching Supervision

June 17th, 2023 Posted by Eesmärgid 0 thoughts on “Systemic Team Coaching Supervision”

I value learning, unlearning and relearning and not getting loyal and attached to any theories and approaches as these may make us blind or biased.

Kristjan Järvi at our mentoring programme

April 5th, 2023 Posted by Eesmärgid 0 thoughts on “Kristjan Järvi at our mentoring programme”

Kristjan Järvi, a conductor, producer, composer and arranger, joined us on the mentoring journey at Helmes. ‘

Robin Shohet masterclass on supervision

March 11th, 2023 Posted by Eesmärgid 0 thoughts on “Robin Shohet masterclass on supervision”

Robin Shohet has been supervising and training supervisors over 45 years. He has published several books, including co-authoring ‘Supervision in the Helping Professions’ and editing ‘Passionate Supervision and Supervision as Transformation’.

For me, this workshop was mostly about being not doing. Robin is a great storyteller and trickster as he called himself. One of the stories that he shared with us is about becoming loyal:

A man and Devil are walking across the street, when they see someone approaching them picking something up from the ground.

The man next to Devil asks what he picked up.

‘The truth’ says Devil.

‘Aren’t you worried? asks the man.

‘No’ says Devil ‘He’ll get attached to it’.

Loyalty can become our prison and interfere with our being and doing –  seeing, learning new things etc. Therefore it is important to be aware of one’s loyalties to people and systems that may hold us back and prevent our growth.


Coaching supervision

July 12th, 2021 Posted by Coaching, Eesmärgid, Supervisioon 0 thoughts on “Coaching supervision”

At coaching conference 2021, I spoke about coaching supervision and its benefits to coaches and clients.

The manifesto for coaching supervision published by Henley Business School and the Association for Coaching, summarises well what coaching supervision is. The authors of the manifesto believe that ‘having supervision is a fundamental part of continuing personal and professional development for coaches, mentors, consultants and psychologists. It provides a disciplined space in which the supervisee can reflect on particular work and client situations and relationships, and on the reactivity and patterns they evoke in the mind. The process of transforming these in supervision can profoundly benefit the client, their organisation and their own professional practice.’ (

I also shared some stories which you can read here:



Ebbinghaus Illusion and happiness

December 12th, 2020 Posted by Eesmärgid, õnn, tajuvead 0 thoughts on “Ebbinghaus Illusion and happiness”

In the programme ‘The Science of Well-Being’, Laurie Santos from Yale University illustrates with the help of Ebbinghaus Illusion how our perception about happiness can be influenced by who we judge ourselves against.

In the Ebbinghaus Illusion, the orange surrounded by larger circles seems smaller than the one on the right surrounded by smaller circles despite the fact that both orange circles are exactly the same size.

We tend to make social comparisons, compare ourselves against other people. For example, if you live in a 100 m2 apartment and you are surrounded mostly by people who live in an apartment or house significantly larger than yours, you may feel dissatisfied with your apartment. Yet, if you are surrounded by people living in a flat significantly smaller than yours (e.g. 40m2), you may feel more satisfied with your house and maybe your life in general.

It’s illogical. The absolute or true size of the apartment doesn’t change, but our own and others’ perception may change depending on the context or reference point, i.e. a point to which we are judging something. And that may influence our perception of satisfaction and happiness in general.

Kindness brings happiness

December 11th, 2020 Posted by Eesmärgid 0 thoughts on “Kindness brings happiness”

There is lots of empirical evidence suggesting that simple acts of kindness bring us happiness.

For example, researcher Otake et al. performed a study where participants were asked to keep track of every act of kindness they performed toward other people every day for one week. The study revealed that one’s sense of happiness is increased significantly by simply counting one’s own acts of kindness.


Orly Wahba founded of  Life Vest Inside with the goal to empower and unite through the power of kindness. Through Life Vest Inside, Orly encourages people to embrace the incredible power of giving and recognize that in times of hardship, kindness, like a life vest, keeps the world afloat. Orly’s award-winning short film Kindness Boomerang has been viewed more than 30 million times and it shares a simple message: kindness is contagious.

Shepard tables

December 6th, 2020 Posted by Eesmärgid 0 thoughts on “Shepard tables”

Which table is longer? They are identical. See the video below. Although there are several videos about Shepard tables illusion, I made the video together with my son because we wanted to have fun together and experience how the experiment works.

How to explain the illusion? According to Roger N. Shepard, we are commonly fooled by our depth perception. Researchers at New York University explained that humans tend to ‘interpret a drawing or image as a three-dimensional object’, rather than for what it really is. As we live in a 3D world, we automatically convert 2D objects on a page into a 3D interpretation.

We live on autopilot, our brains like to simply and generalise. Often we don’t pause to question our assumptions and thoughts. Just like we automatically misinterpret the context of the tables and therefore see the identical tabletops to be different in size, we can perceive things incorrectly and make wrong conclusions in other contexts as well.

For example, we may transfer our feelings, attitudes and behaviours from the past onto present relationships. This is often an unconscious process and can happen in various settings, e.g.:

  • A young employee is reserved in the presence of her much older male manager and expects orders from him because he reminds her of his authoritarian father. (i.e. she applies her past experience to the present which distorts her reality).
  • A person may be easily annoyed by a workmate who looks a bit like their younger sibling, who was often irritating. (i.e. the person applies her feelings of irritation from the past to his/her present workmate).

According to Shepard, “any knowledge or understanding of the illusion we may gain at the intellectual level remains virtually powerless to diminish the magnitude of the illusion.” The same applies to transference. Even if we know and understand what transference, countertransference and projection are, we may easily experience them without being aware of it.

It’s not only professionals working with people, such as psychologists, coaches, supervisors etc, who should be aware of such processes, it’s also leaders who should develop awareness and skills to manage transference, countertransference, projection and other psychological processes.

Connecting the dots

November 23rd, 2020 Posted by Coaching, Eesmärgid, mentorlus, positiivne psühholoogia 0 thoughts on “Connecting the dots”

It was in 2006 when I discovered the famous Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement address that had a huge impact on my life. Back then I didn’t know that Steve wasn’t the kind of leader I believe great leaders should be, but he sure had courage to follow his heart and intuition. Some of my favourite quotes from the speech:

Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.’

‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.’ 

Inspired by the commencement address and a Harvard University programme I attended years ago, together with Kairi Kuuskor from Bold Tuesday we delivered a practical seminar at Estonian Art Academy. The seminar was called ‘Courage to create one’s future’ and focused on two topics:

  • connecting the dots and trusting one heart and intuition in creating one’s future;
  • accelerators and brakes (or our dreams and fears, loyalties etc) and ways of releasing the latter;
  • growth support opportunities, such as mentoring, coaching and supervision.

We shared our own personal dots and pivots from the past and invited the big hall of students and lecturers to do so.

We used Bold Tuesday Vision Board Reimagined as a basis for our seminar.

Special thanks to EKA and Robert Luig for video and technical support!