Liv Boeree

Broadcaster, Speaker and Poker Champion

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" As someone who typically prefers to solve everything by herself, I was hesitant to try coaching initially. I am so glad that Tee changed my mind; working with him has transformed not only my working habits, but shifted my relationship to productivity itself. He is extraordinarily insightful and easy to talk to, and I highly recommend him to anyone who is struggling with their work and motivation. "

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Peter Bodenheimer

Former Partner @ SOSV & former Partner and Managing Director at Food-X

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" I strongly believe that Tee's style of coaching is valuable across disciplines.

My time working with Tee was valuable in such unexpected ways. Having known him in a professional, but not in a coaching context, I expected a different experience. Ultimately, the conversations... helped me crystalize some of the noise in my own head about the direction I want the next phase of my career to take....The guidance and feedback that Tee shared helped me uncover some things I already knew about how to best structure my work and personal lives to create the circumstances that allow me to do that work in a way that works for me."

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Mony Chhim

Owner & Digital Marketing Consultant @ 8M Marketing

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" Tee is the smartest coach I’ve ever worked with. With just one coaching session I solved the problem I had for the first 2 years of running my business, namely alternating between working myself to death/burning out/boring out/getting back to overwork. 


I like to think of Tee as a brain engineer that will help you solve the bugs in your thinking/mindset, and also give you tools that you can use yourself on a daily basis to improve your thinking and your life.


I recommend Tee to any person who wants to radically improve his/her life though better introspection and thinking. "

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Rainier Ababao

Software Engineer @ Abnormal Security, formerly @ Google

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" Through his careful listening, lines of questioning, and thoughtful examples drawn from his experience, I've developed more clarity about what I want in life. He's teased out the blockers that prevent me from getting stuff done, such as lingering narratives and fears, and identified models I can mold to unblock myself in other situations. If you're a motivated and self-aware person that is seeking more clarity (even if you're early on in your career), self-improvement, and want to face reality with a coach who'll tell you like it is, then I highly recommend Tee."

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– 1x decacorn & 1x unicorn startup founder and CEO

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" Tee is quite the coach to have in your corner. Rather than coming in with preconceived notions about what's right or wrong to do in business (which many folks do), Tee's unique approach helps deconstruct your own thoughts and weed out your own cognitive dissonance. He helps you realize the answers to your own problems in a way that creates internal consistency and alignment. Not to say that "business-wise" mentors can't play a good role. But, I believe what Tee brings is something unique that CEOs need to operate at the highest levels."

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Adrià Garriga-Alonso

University of Cambridge PhD candidate

 

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" Sessions with Tee are intense. He has shown me many ways to think about my own goals and behaviour, and it's already helped me be more the person I want to be. " 

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– David Liu

Medical Student @ Brown & Resident Surgeon

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" I would recommend Tee to anyone wanting to better themselves, and especially to medical professionals experiencing burnout.

 

Tee helped me optimize my residency interviews for a competitive surgical subspecialty. He helped me clearly define myself as a person and physician, and helped me think critically about this life transition. I was surprised how deeply Tee was able to apply insights from other industries and clients towards my specific situation.

 

Tee asked open-ended questions that helped me connect with my own values and passions. I have received feedback from interviewers (think white-haired, wise surgeons) that I am "thoughtful and confident" and I know that much of this is because I unpacked and critically examined my internal compass with Tee. I am certain that I will match at the residency of my choice, and ultimately I feel a stronger and more harmonious resolve to be a surgeon." 

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– Co-founder and CEO,Oakland, USA

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" Tee was sharp, open and non judgemental. He let me tease out my own solutions and helped prioritize challenges. As a result of his coaching, I discussed top lessons with my co-founder and we decided to spend a dedicated period of time to clarify intentionality of different people we are closely interacting with."

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Angus Mercer 

Chief Executive @ Centre for Long-Term Resilience

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" I am really benefitting from Tee's coaching. Tee is an attentive and perceptive listener, and has a range of insights, tools and further reading that he can deploy to help you think differently about a specific challenge you're facing. It's early days, but it's already had a noticeable impact on how I think about my day-to-day role as a leader of a non-profit. I highly recommend Tee as a coach. "

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– Andre Casal,

Founder & Software Engineer @ andrecasal.com 

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Tee’s a cross between a psychologist, a philosopher, an epistemologist and a friend and, in my search for someone that could help me understand myself and the world, after several psychologists and coaches, Tee shines bright.

 

I honestly don’t know what to prioritize. Everything me and Tee talked about is so important...Tee is a catalyst for error-correcting your self-knowledge and in the process you’ll figure out which beliefs are true, which ones are holding you back, which ones are relevant and which ones, even if true, don’t matter all that much.

 

...now I enjoy a very deeply meaningful set of friends with which I go out every weekend and my romantic relationships...have dramatically improved...

 

Tee [also] helped me to understand how to think about my professional path and create a fully integrated plan.

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– Jane Street Capital employee

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" Tee pointed me to my main source of pain and anxiety. He used language that felt right, and paid attention to the memories' somatic effects. He focuses on fostering independence, and goes out of his way to ensure that clients feel comfortable. "

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– Independent Researcher

Oxford, UK

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" I think it's not an exaggeration to say Tee is the best coach/debugger I've had. Highly recommended!

 

Tee is attentive, perceptive and wicked smart. He's also deeply kind, and his nonjudgemental approach gives coaching sessions a feeling of open space to really go into what matters to you. From only one or two sessions, I got concrete benefits that I still use regularly almost a year later.

 

Specifically, Tee changed the way I think about personal problem-solving: I used to ruminate and get stuck looping between two contradictory thoughts/feelings, and because Tee showed me a way to navigate them...I now find it very easy to make progress and un-stick myself.

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Effective Altruism Community Testimonials

Kat Woods

President @ Nonlinear Fund

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" Tee is one of the most emotionally wise people I've ever met. Just being around him makes you feel more calm and confident.

He has a way of cutting to the heart of an issue in a compassionate and empowering way.

He makes you want to be more productive while also feeling happy with how you are in the moment and not having to always be self-improving or doing better. He gives you this feeling of being enough and that things are OK.

He does an amazing job of skillfully using a wide array of psychological techniques without you even noticing them. And then he does the best part for an EA - he explains what he was doing so you can understand it - and yourself - better.

Tee is a fantastic coach. I highly recommend him if you want to be happier and more productive.

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Nikita Patel

Co-founder & CEO @ Fortify Health

 

" Tee Barnett Coaching has been really helpful for me across a range of areas, from the practical to the theoretical. We've explored areas from the meaning of intelligence, to the role of a CEO, to building operational systems, to impostor syndrome. I leave each session with a whole lot of new insights, and an option to innovate and improve in my professional life. Tee creates an environment that is approachable, curious, and completely non-judgmental, and balances the roles of supporting, suggesting, and listening exceptionally well. "

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Bridget Williams

Postdoctoral Associate @ The Center for Population-Level Bioethics, Rutgers University

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" Tee is a kind and thoughtful coach. He was careful in asking questions that would help both of us to understand how I perceive situations and how misperceptions are limiting my ability to do good work and have meaningful relationships. He was generous enough to go into some difficult issues and did so with care and compassion. The coaching has helped me to identify mental and behavioural patterns that are holding me back, and provided me with some strategies to correct these."

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Natalie Rathner

Chief Experience Officer @ Generation Pledge

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" My sessions with Tee have helped me to unpack professional and personal blocks that felt too difficult to sift through on my own. Tee asks thoughtful and clear questions that help me sort through facts and stories and get to the core of what I really want. Together, we have been able to develop language and framing that helps me to gain a deeper understanding of my emotional and rational reactions, and then develop personalised strategies to enhance my performance in the future.

 

I can feel myself gaining confidence and resilience in handling potential set-backs, learning more about myself and improving my ability to communicate my needs with others."

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– Founding member of the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign & healthcare executive

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" Tee has an extraordinary combination of skills and is so well-suited to this work: he is a curious, empathetic, firm, and thoughtful coach. I feel very lucky to have worked with him this winter, and look forward to seeking his counsel in the years to come.

The coaching benefits have been real and valuable, and I would say they have so far impacted habits and mental patterns which are hard to precisely assess in terms of value..."

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– Luke Freeman

Executive Director @ Giving What We Can

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"My coaching experience with Tee was excellent. His guidance and questioning helped me to make meaningful changes in the way I work, and the way I think.

I think it's especially good for people to have structured external input at a leadership level." 

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– James Wagstaff

Biosecurity Researcher @ Open Philanthropy Project

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" Tee provided me with a number of novel tools and models for understanding my motivation and thought processes. "

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Varsha Venugopal

Co-founder @ Suvita

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" Tee nudged me to consider new ways to approach several areas of my work- interaction with colleagues, thinking strategically on hiring and letting go, and fundraising. I can already see my changed approach paying dividends. Tee is brilliant at listening deeply and providing appropriate mental models to understand yourself and your approaches. "

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Ivan Burduk 

Events @ Centre for Effective Altruism

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" Working with Tee has been an extremely valuable and insightful experience. He has asked questions I would not have considered on my own - which has helped me probe deeper into my mind, uncovering beliefs I would have not otherwise been aware of, and processing through them. Tee has offered practical systems and solutions, such as root-cause analysis and meta-thinking to assist me in solving problems.

Tee is very personable, with a knack for organically nudging conversation in the right directions. He has a unique ability to navigate thought-spaces to obtain precise insights - using them to formulate actionable solutions." 

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Dominika Krupocin

People and Culture Manager @ Rethink Priorities

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" Working with Tee has been very beneficial for several reasons. First, it allowed me to refocus my attention on high-level issues/considerations, which is helpful when developing a team strategy and goals.

 

Second, I learned some new transferrable skills (e.g., how to think more strategically, how to provide better arguments to support my ideas and/or convenience others about my approach to a problem/situation etc.).

 

Last but not least, exchanging ideas with Tee and hearing his perspective on different topics contributed to the generation of new, tangible ideas that I am hoping to utilize at my work.

 

In summary, working with Tee allowed me to gain a better and more holistic understanding of my strengths and limitations, which I believe will allow me to have a higher impact in my current role. Many thanks for the pieces of advice and sharing your thoughts with me!

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Michael Plant

Founder & Director, Happier Lives Institute 

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" I found this really useful: each week I came with a different problem and, after discussing it with Tee, left with a clearer plan and a lighter soul. "

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– Monica Chen

Executive Director @ Factory Farming Awareness Coalition

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" Tee's an exceptional coach...I would strongly recommend Tee as a coach and hope that more folks will have the ability to work with Tee (regardless of financial means).

 

I'd consider Tee's coaching to be beneficial to all leaders in the EA community and outside of it.

 

Tee has been in a similar situation and can provide concrete, practical advice. I leave each session motivated to increase efficiency and grow our impact.

 

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Irena Kotikova 

Chairperson @

Czech Association for Effective Altruism

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" I've had a number of profound breakthroughs during our sessions. These were crucial shifts that I was able to make regarding my workflow and I'm already seeing results from it.

I'm very happy with the progress I made while working with Tee. His style is very open and flexible so our sessions were centered around what was relevant for me at that time. Tee made insightful suggestions and observations and was a good sounding board for my thinking process. "

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– Co-founder & Executive Director @

Effective Altruism Research Organization

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" Tee helped me become less afraid and more comfortable with myself, my own life, and my own choices. I'm very thankful for our sessions. " 

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Could Tee Barnett Coaching be beneficial for EA leaders? 
13/13 leaders polled said Yes ✔️ in surveys between January and March 2022. Here's what some had to say:

 

– Luke Freeman

Executive Director @ Giving What We Can

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" Yes ✔️ I think it's especially good for people to have structured external input at a leadership level. " 

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Nikita Patel

Co-founder & CEO @ Fortify Health

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" Yes ✔️ I think Tee has a unique ability put people at ease, actively listen, and develop intelligent, nuanced feedback, even with little information. He knows how to ask the right questions, and to prompt his clients to think about things in ways they may not have before. This, combined with his experience of EA, puts him in a brilliant position to support others in the EA community. "

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Irena Kotikova 

Chairperson @

Czech Association for Effective Altruism

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" Yes ✔️ I think Tee is very skilled at really accelerating one's progress towards their goals, so anyone in EA would benefit greatly from just that. "

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Peter Bodenheimer

Former Partner @ SOSV & former Partner and Managing Director at Food-X

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" Yes ✔️ I'm not from the EA world, but I strongly believe that Tee's style of coaching is valuable across disciplines. "

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– Founding member of the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign & healthcare executive

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Yes ✔️ EAs seem to be drawn to (and simultaneously troubled by!) uncertainty and self-doubt — like moths circling toward, and then bouncing off, burning light bulbs. Tee's mix of curiosity, empathy, and rigor makes him a well-suited thought partner to well-meaning nervous people trying to have an impact on the world... a category which I think includes many EAs."

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Bridget Williams

Postdoctoral Associate @ The Center for Population-Level Bioethics, Rutgers University

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Yes ✔️ I think there is a lot of value in reducing people's insecurity about their place in EA, as I think feeling insecure can reduce a person's capacity to see things clearly and reason well. I also think there is value in improving communication between leaders at EA organisations and I think Tee's coaching helps people to identify ways they might be misinterpreting communication signals."

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– Monica Chen

Executive Director @ Factory Farming Awareness Coalition

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" Yes ✔️ I'd consider Tee's coaching to be beneficial to all leaders in the EA community and outside of it."

Dominika Krupocin

People and Culture Manager @ Rethink Priorities

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" Yes ✔️ Generally speaking, I think that working with a knowledgeable coach - in this case Tee, can be a valuable experience to all leaders and individuals working in roles that may affect others (for example People Managers). From my point of view, this is because working with a coach allows for taking a step back and looking at various scenarios / issues from a different perspective and possibly more objectively.

 

I think that this is particularly important in the EA community, where making the world a better place is the top priority; for example, if someone mismanages others, then they could unintentionally cause more harm than good.

 

Lastly, I cautiously think that many individuals in the EA community who come from academia or research environments, are excellent thought leaders and great thinkers, but sometimes they may need additional support in strengthening other skills, including for example project or people management. While management skills may not be crucial when developing deep new concepts, they may be particularly important when leading an organization and, consequently, may be essential to the success of the entire EA community. "

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