Looking back, a very formative work experience happened for me at the age of 20. I was attending evening college as a social psychology student at Triton in Chicago Illinois, while maintaining a full time job. It was my first official employment. I had been hired as a Psycho Social Assistant at Lexington Healthcare Centre in Elmhurst IL. Assigned to senior psychologist Gwen’s team, I was trained and soon was preparing and running activities with residents.
Gwen’s approach to managing her young interns had an impact that forever shaped my professional development. Her team worked under a system built on 3 main pillars: Trust, Autonomy, and Support.
We overcame the many challenges we faced through constant learning. Difficulties and routine transformed into empowerment and satisfaction. As a result of being on Gwen’s team, I loved coming to work every day.
I was very lucky in that my next employer, a large MNC, progressive and thorough in it’s training, treated me similarly to Gwen’s approach. My eyes were opened wider than I previously could have imagined. I went on to participate in literally dozens of training sessions, in professional development and learning, all over the world. These invaluable experiences, some uplifting and some literally demoralizing, inspired me to keep listening, learning and moving forward. I believe that who you work with is absolutely essential. Given the necessary tools, with a good team in a trusting environment, work commitments are delivered under an absolutely rewarding feeling. And there is no limit to what one can learn.
I eventually moved from the player to the coach - from the client to the service provider. I am a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Engagement Dialogue & Group Creativity Facilitator, and have worked extensively in Leadership Development. I studied to be a teacher, only to find I’m not entirely comfortable in that role. I prefer to design workshops and meetings which provide a structure for active learning. I love the trusting and shaping that occurs when participants feel enabled to contribute in the process towards achieving their important goals.
For those who enjoy the letters and numbers: I have a BA in Education, worked for 8 years in HR Directorship in various MNCs, have 11 years of Leadership and Team Development Consulting, lead teams of various sizes on over 30 projects for MNC’s, mid size and small private and public sector companies. I am a certified coach, fluent in Polish and English, a photographer, avid hiker, lived in four countries, worked in many more than that, have one partner and one son.
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-- MACIEK KOKOWSKI, THERAPIST, ENTREPRENEUR