Changing business culture by serving

Olga stands against the tide of business culture in Russia by dedicating every aspect of her life to serving people.

She is known by many Americans as “Super Olga.” It’s an affectionate nickname, fitting not only because she’s owner of the “Super Gym” but also because of who Olga is—a selfless woman dedicated to the people of her community.

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A Lifeshape International team first met Olga on their Russia Project in 2008. Olga was a businesswoman and mentor for YouthReach International, a ministry dedicated to the orphans of Russia. LSI teams returned several years in a row, working alongside Olga with business owners and mentors.

Rob Browne, Executive Director of YouthReach International, said that after years of learning from LSI teams, Olga “was sure she could create the kind of culture she saw Chick-fil-A Operators and Corporate employees talk about when they came for these trainings.”  She started her own gym, the Super Gym, in Tomsk, Russia.

Olga succeeded in creating a culture that values people above anything else. Many of her clients have become Christians and joined her church. Her business is what Browne calls a “witnessing machine.”

In addition to working at YouthReach International, running a successful business, and leading a house church, Olga seeks to serve other business owners in her community. Last year, she hosted the LSI team in her city, where they led business training on the SERVE Model.

Olga stands against the tide of business culture in Russia by dedicating every aspect of her life to serving people. Through YouthReach International, LSI teams can help equip people like Olga, who are using the life-changing power of Christ-focused, servant leadership to transform their communities.

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