All executive training programs are curated to each organization’s & team’s needs, based on the company's strategic and cultural objectives, values and ways of working. An example outline for executive training on developing relational & emotional skills:

1. Strengthening psychological safety (3-6h)

  • Why psychological safety matters, both for work wellbeing and as enabling the core competences needed for growth and adaptability
  • How psychological safety allows for creative tension that births new ideas and innovation
  • Current strengths and challenge regarding psychological safety in the company/your team

2. Emotional self-awareness & psychological flexibility (3-6h)

  • Identify own current ways of reacting in situations of high stressload and challenging emotions
  • Awareness of the impact of current emotion-processing strategies on self and other
  • How to process challenging thoughts and emotions in a constructive way to support one's own psychological recovery and clarity in leadership

3. Skills for courageous conversations (3-6h)

  • Understanding the logic of dysfunctional dynamics and learning how to shift them
  • Skills to examine and own your part in difficult situations
  • How to better understand and defuse conflictual situations
  • Tools for leading challenging conversations with clarity and empathy

All executive training programs are curated to each organization’s & team’s needs, based on the company's strategic and cultural objectives, values and ways of working. An example outline for executive training on developing relational & emotional skills:


 ”Very professional, knowledgeable and great presentation skills. Overall great structure in the session, thanks! Psychological context to challenges that I’ve personally been dealing with in my life recently. Tools to improve.”


”I enjoyed Iida’s training a lot. She approached this important theme holistically and in a way that gave insight both to my work life and life as a whole. It was great that we could discuss together and Iida could weave our perspectives into the whole. She exuded expertise. You could feel that she knows what she is talking about – both through her education, but also through experience.”



”Iida’s training day was excellent, exciting, professional, fact-based and at the same time entertaining, thanks to Iida’s personality. Like I mentioned it was and is very important to discuss these topics with the whole group and bringing these subjects into collective awareness. I would like to add how well this day created a sense of ”we” and strengthened a feeling of belonging while at the same time being very informative and to the point.”


”Big thank you for the very sobering training. Got me to reflect on myself. Iida could integrate theory and science but bring it down to the everyday. Her way of presenting is very natural and energizing. She was not too attached to her own material, but lived with us in the moment and directed the conversation well. Very good at answering questions and creating discussion. Excellent!”


If Insurance / Skills for recovery and work-life balance in demanding knowledge work

Everyday work in marketing at If is intensive and fast-paced. People are conscientious and ambitious toward their work. We wanted to provide skills and tools to enable recovery and better work-life balance in this demanding environment. Iida Mäkikallio held a training program for our whole team and executives that received exceptionally good feedback from our experts. 

Iida’s approach that included dealing with the psychological and emotional stressors at work, was perfectly catered for the type of work we do. In the trainings we discussed eg. work habits that enable a more restful mind, relationship to rest and work, dealing with emotions regarding ongoing organizational changes, team practices, ways of working and communication.

This training was very needed and valuable for our team and we would absolutely recommend Iida as a trainer for companies looking to develop their teams’ and executives’ skills to support work-life balance and develop relational and emotional skills.


Jarkko Kantaluoto, Marketing Director

If Insurance



Schibsted media group/Tori.fi: Emotional intelligence and effective communication leadership program

We see building a culture of trust and open communication as an essential skill for success in modern knowledge work. We believe a thriving organizational culture cannot be built without developing people’s self-awareness and communication skills. Developing these skill sets was one of our strategic areas of focus for 2018.

Iida Mäkikallio held a training program consisting of three on-site training sessions. The first training was open to the whole personnel and the following trainings for our executives. We worked with how to foster a psychologically safe environment at work and looked at our current areas of improvement in this area. We looked at how each of us can influence the emotional climate around us and practiced skills for challenging conversations. The training has influenced how we communicate with eachother in tense situations and we recieved exceptional feedback from our executives. We will be continuing our work together and providing these trainings for our executives in the coming years.

We recommend Iida’s training for companies looking for a trainer to work with strengthening trust and psychological safety, deepening executives’ self-awareness and direct and warm communication.


Sanni Moilanen, People & Culture Manager



Deloitte / Self-leadership program

Iida has done exceptional work in conducting self-leadership training programs for Deloitte's experts over many years with us. Her training sessions have consistently received great feedback. Iida has a remarkable ability to engage participants, fostering an inclusive learning environment. Her expertise and passion will undoubtedly inspire and positively impact many. I highly recommend her trainings.


Miia Torniainen, HR Business Partner




CTO, Schibsted Media Group

”Iida’s training on emotional intelligence opened a ”door of awareness” for myself and for the people around me, helping me to understand the main patterns through which we handle our emotions and providing me with ways to recognize them in daily interactions, eventually allowing me to adapt my behavior or communication to reach a better level of mutual understanding / collaboration at work and in life.”  



Work Ability Development Director, Varma

“Iida has true wisdom of the heart. She has exceptional skill in seeing people holistically and tuning into their world. Iida’s thinking combines a deep belief in people’s capabilities and a systems-aware research-based approach. Iida coaches with both warmth and directness, in a way that sparks change. She has a way of opening new ways to look at difficult subjects which facilitates the personal growth of those she coaches. If I had to describe Iida in a few words they would be loving, clear, present and wise.”


Human Resources Director, City of Kauniainen

“Iidan’s trainings are intelligent, uplifting and make people think. Iida has an ability to apply scientific research to challenging everyday work situations and help people strengthen their agency to change what needs to be changed. She has recieved stellar feedback from our managers and executives and I would gladly recommend her.”