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Olga Yakimakho

Olga's recommendations and advice for a great social change impact.

Olga Yakimakho

Olga Yakimakho

Senior Manager, Organizational Excellence
Special Olympics

Good to Great Diagnostic Tool

“The classic Leader 5 model by Jim Collins has never been more contemporary - a must-read for anyone in a leadership position is Collins' book Good to Great. The website offers a very useful diagnostic tool that helps leaders map how they are doing on their greatness journey”


The Six Signature Traits of Inclusive Leadership

“At Special Olympics, we live and breathe inclusion and yet practicing true inclusion is never easy. Deloitte has developed a comprehensive model for inclusive leadership that breaks it down into palpable pieces and outlines core capabilities of inclusive leaders.”


Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making

“Facilitation skill is a core and underestimated skill of great leaders. Sam Kaner offers a wonderful collection of approaches for facilitating decision-making which I have effectively used in my career. A leader equipped with these tools will definitely gain respect, buy-in, trust and commitment from his/her teams. An old but proven, great resource.”

About Olga Yakimakho

As Senior Manager for Organizations Excellence, Olga’s work includes overseeing the Special Olympics Leadership Academy and providing professional development to leaders globally. She has worked for more than 16 years and across 20 countries on organizational and network capacity development, leadership strengthening, program design, and results assessment . She holds an MPA in International Management from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California.