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Maya Gudka

CFA, MA (Cantab)

Executive Coach

One of a small number of Master Practitioner coaches (EMCC) in the UK; Maya's coaching clients include Sony Music, London Business School, Frontline (a charity supporting social workers) and an array of Financial Services including Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Insurance and Banking.

Whether you are transitioning to bigger leadership roles inside your organisation, or towards work more closely aligned with your values there are many ways you can start benefitting from Maya's executive coaching insights: she is published in Harvard Business Review, Stylist Magazine and a long time Psychologies Magazine blogger amongst other press, and shares a weekly dose of executive coaching via her podcast The Golden Hour. 


Since graduating from Cambridge with a First Class degree in Economics, and starting my career at Goldman Sachs, I have undergone many career transitions myself, and worked with hundreds of leaders on their own leadership journeys.


My 15-year corporate background and decade of coaching experience, plus my continued research gives me a unique perspective to support you.


The Golden Hour Podcast

The Golden Hour typically refers to the first and last hours of sunlight in the day. The time in which many professionals in the visual arts regard as the best hours of the day to work their craft.


But for me, they're the hours you create the best conditions for yourself in which your best work is allowed to happen. In this podcast, we're going to look at the habits, behaviours and techniques of high-performers and the approaches I've found most effective in my 15 years of coaching and research.

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The Golden Hour Podcast


Why Planning Changes


Maya looks at how effective planning can change your relationship with work. Starting with how Maya manages her planner, she looks at how she factors in her daily Golden Hours and the beginnings of creating space for the pro-active time.

This episode is great if you’re struggling to build strategic ‘Golden Hours’ into your life and regularly get into ‘the zone’.


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The Golden Hour Podcast


Nir Eyal | Distraction, Time Boxing & The Social Dilemma

This episode focuses on maximising your golden time by reframing what a distraction is and helping you prioritise better. Maya and Nir deep dive into whether social media is truly a distractor, how we should think about distraction and time boxing.


Sharing the simple idea that most people don’t know how true free time feels, Nir explains why to-do lists are probably the worst way to get things done and the benefits of time boxing, even when you want to be spontaneous!

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Your Plate Podcast




Do you make the most of your digital relationships? 

Maya shares some practical tips as well as some of her research into Positive Social Media to help us be more intentional with our time online and make the most of our relationships.

Work with me

You may use the booking links below to secure your session directly with me. Please ensure that payment is made 48 hours beforehand. 

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My Approach

Client Testimonials

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Difficult career choices:

“Our last week’s session was amazing, I really thought it has helped me in confirming that I am doing the right thing albeit it isn’t the easiest thing to do. It has definitely also helped me to understand that in order to make the right decision in terms of career move, I first need to get away and give myself some time to understand what I really want”.

Senior Trader,
Deutsche Bank

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“My partner is so happy since we talked! We had a good talk about the possible strategies you and I agreed. He was so positive after. We talked through the impending foreseeable stresses and how to manage them. Thanks so much, the session was so helpful . Lots of very helpful things put into practice so far . You are extremely perceptive and have such a good understanding of people and relationships! Instead of me thinking ‘I must try harder’, you have changed it to ‘we must both allow ourselves to..’ – game changer!"


Writing and Research

View my writing on Psychologies Magazine expert blog site below. I also write for other periodicals. I am also undertaking research on Executive Development, Positive Psychology and Social Media at London Business School and University of East London - view my two of my published and peer reviewed research pieces here.

You can also see my latest articles in the blog full of executive coaching resources here and free executive coaching resource downloads.

Not another mindfulness suggestion!

There are people for whom the idea of meditation or other mindfulness practices are either unappealing, or simply not appropriate. 

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Almost everything the self is or does is tied to self-regulation

Whether saving more, limiting phone use, or being calmer at work, these all require self-regulation.

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