Ever since my early adolescent years, I showed a strong interest in applied arts and sciences. I had a natural skill in finding solutions to problems and I was thrilled by achievement and goal focusing. I was also very communicative, finding genuine pleasure in listening to others talking about their interests and goals in life.
I studied Electrical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and later on I worked on a variety of technical projects. Through these projects I got to know a lot of different people with all kinds of characters and personality traits and my interest in the development of human personality grew stronger.
During my career I never stopped observing my partners and correlating them with the methods they choose on achieving their goals. In addition, my communicative stance enabled a lot of them to speak openly to me, revealing their inner thoughts and blockages. At the same time the requirements of the projects gave me the role of the recipient of their asking advice on how to overcome problems, find solutions and bypass periods of inactivity so that work could move on.
Looking for ways to better manage the human resources in my projects I discovered the power that coaching discussions have: an educative process of helping them reach their hidden or blocked potential so that they could dedicate their energies and attention on achieving their goals. The effectiveness of the coaching sessions and my deep feeling of satisfaction that accompanied these, totally enthralled me and I decided to focus exclusively on coaching. What seemed like a career change at first glance, now seemed perfectly logical, the natural blending of my two basic traits; on the one hand there was my interest in human development and on the other hand, my skill in finding practical solutions to problems.
After my training on coaching under the guidance of Gilles Gambade and Lisa Lewis-globally renowned coaches- and with an experience of more than 150 hours of coaching, the analogies between the work of the engineer and the coach were now crystal clear to me. The core of the work of the engineer is the study of the project and the realisation of it within a very tight timeline. The work of the coach is very similar, as he has to talk with the individual about his personal agenda and help him make it concrete. After you help him realize his skills and potential in regards to blind spots and blockages, you then guide him on putting a plan of action on paper and scheduling it on a tight timeline towards the achievement of his goal. The technology and the material that the engineer uses to finish his project are equivalent to the qualities and the potential the individual has, and which the coach uses to guide one in achieving their goal.