My name is Roman Smigiel. I do Leadership, Coaching, Advising.

Please read a little about my offerings & about me below.



The focus of my offerings center around Leadership, Coaching, & Advising, something that I have been doing over the last 20+ years. Below is a little more information about these services.

Leadership: The focus is to change the idea of managing individuals to leading them through example & inspiration.

“Great leaders see greatness in others.”
– Jon Gordon

Coaching: The active participation in work through shadowing & working actively to work on making you the best.

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Advising: The idea is to actively listen & be an independent sparring partner who can provide suggestions & recommendations.

“There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.”
– Leo Tolstoy

Here are the methods that I practice during my Leadership, Coaching, & Advising work (this is not an exhaustive list):

– Agility through Scrum, Kanban, & Scaling
– Design Thinking
– Design Sprints
– Design Systems
– Brand Strategy/Guide
– Personas & Anti-Personas
– User Journey Flow
– Ways of Working: Roadmapping, Prioritization, & Product Tools
– Organizational/Leadership Change & Management (of)
– Hiring, Team Building, Development, & Organization
– Vision, Mission, Values, KPIs, & Strategy


I started my journey 20+ years ago with an initial focus on Finance. This quickly changed to a fascination with Leadership, Product Management, Project Management, Business Analysis, & QA. Over the years I have developed skills in leadership, coaching, & advising while building product, teams, & companies.  I have worked with a variety of companies that have ranged from start-ups to large-sized companies such as OptioPay, PayPal, Blackboard, Merrill Lynch, & Reuters.

Having worked at such a variety of companies & domains over the years has allowed me to experiencing building teams & product from linear (waterfall) methodology to an incremental one (Agility). What I realized was that I saw plenty of things that I could share.

On my educational side, I focused on Finance (hedging strategies), Philosophy, & Psychology. I polished this off with an MBA that had International & Project Management influences.

For more about me please visit my profile on LinkedIn.

Below are my vision, mission, & values that I try to follow:

Vision: Make the world a better place.

Mission: Motivate individuals to do the right thing(s).


  1. Respect: Challenge each other respectfully.
  2. Think: Think then do. “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” – Albert Einstein
  3. Lead: “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” – Thomas Paine. Pick one & do it well. Great leaders know when to lead as well as follow.
  4. Empower: Don’t be a victim. “Don’t ask for permission but beg for forgiveness.” – Grace Hopper (modified)
  5. Focus: Focus. Focus. Focus. Without this you cannot be great.



If you are interested in contacting me about consulting work, speaking, etc., then please ping me via LinkedIn.