How coaching has added value to my life:
Throughout my career, I came across coaching in various shapes and forms and from many different people. Looking back, I can now clearly identify those who played the role of the coach for me at various points in time and I can also see how far-reaching the effects of coaching can be.
I am not sure if these people were aware of their role as ‘the coach’ at the time, if they did it on purpose, if they felt that it was their job to act this way or if it was just their way of being. In any case, it is now becoming clear to me that coaching has always had positive consequences for me and to all of my coaches, I thank you once again. Similarly, I also feel that I was a coach for many people within the teams I have been a part of and others that I met along the way. And I also hope that in some way my contributions were positive. However, it was not until I actually started to look into coaching as a fully purposeful process, that I was able to get a better understanding of the immense potential coaching can have on one’s life.
Having the opportunity to work closely with professional coaches increased my appetite for learning more and sharpening my skills in this area. Initially, with a personal benefit in mind, I started reading, listening and learning from world-class coaches and aimed to implement some of their teachings to better myself. I also tried to apply some of the frameworks to the people I worked with, some with more success than others.
Once I had the opportunity to receive professional coaching as part of my education, I really started to develop a taste for it. The thought-provoking conversations, the clarity I gained in my thinking, the steps in identifying my real priorities, the tools to keep accountability and a drive to push myself to be better are all benefits I couldn’t have gained otherwise.
The next natural step for me was to move forward towards a recognised coaching accreditation, to improve my coaching skills so that I can work better with others on my day to day job, as well as beyond. The seven months of training, a blend of classroom learning, practical sessions and reflective exercises, sharpened my coaching skills, armed me with a solid coaching framework and built my confidence to support and help others. It also gave me the opportunity to reflect on myself, my priorities and my path in a very safe, honest, yet ambitious setting.
In a very short period of time, with the new skills set acquired, I have observed that I became a better listener: more empathetic, more creative and more curious about the people around me. I have also seen a significant improvement in my personal life, as I now have a like-minded support group and peers that I can share my ideas with and I can relate to their challenges and learn from their experience.
The centre of my coaching is on personal and professional development, with a focus on adult learning, an area I have always had a keen interest in. Executive coaching is a natural environment for me as it complements my business acumen and education. I thrive working with people at different levels of their careers and it brings me great satisfaction to see them succeed in their careers and maximise their potential. Having said that, I am a firm believer that one’s success lays within and it is based on self-awareness. Coaching is a wonderful path to unlock that.
Cosmin Gliga, originally from Romania and residing in Ireland since 2004, is a Management Professional and an Executive Coach. Combining a Bachelor of Arts, an MBS and an MBA with over 15 years in Management Practice, he has delivered results in managerial roles in both SMEs and Multinational Organisations. With a consistent focus on the human at work, he has seen his organisations’ members growing in their personal and professional life.
Cosmin’s professional areas of interest include Learning and Development, Change Management and Organisational Design. Mindfulness, Life purpose, Happiness and Transformation are themes that Cosmin is interested in and actively working on.
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