Hi, I'm Iwona and just like you I'm filling a lot of different roles in a day
I was born in Poland under the communist system during times when the collective interest of the people was determined not by the people themselves, but by the communist party and was often aimed against individual rights. It was a system under which people felt suppressed; they had limited freedom of speech, press, and assembly.
When the communism was over, I watched both of my parents starting their own businesses as well as my uncles, aunties and cousins. It has always been fascinating for me to observe what makes one company win over another, why do some organizations perform better than others and what makes a real difference when it comes to success.
This inquiry led me to the world of quality management systems, processes and principles. When my student's organization which I set up was recognized as innovative by publishing the first ever studies on benefits and challenges in implementing ISO 9001 requirements, I knew I was onto something.
In 2002, I moved to the UK where I was climbing up the ladder working for the major EPC contractors in the oil and gas industry. I was fortunate to work on various projects especially in FEED and EXECUTE phases. This is when I first experienced that a lot of the challenges we have in project execution were because of the decisions that were made or not made in the early phases. I then discovered the need that I had to move from setting up structures for improvement to supporting people in those structures so they can improve themselves.
I created this vision for myself of me being happy; I mean truly happy and at peace, where I help groups of people work together better. This vision for transforming workplaces into places where people feel empowered, work together well and feel safe to fully self express themselves has become a driver behind many initiatives. This exercise of visioning was so liberating and the flame for change had bit lit up.
This led me to a journey of self discovery and accepting a job of a facilitator, trainer and an advisor for the largest energy producer in Australia. I spent over 10 years working in Perth, Australia designing, training, coaching and facilitating workshops for dozens of decision makers, leadership and project groups, stakeholder's groups, Indigenous Agencies, including local community. I truly loved my job as I saw how early project planning and facilitation can help achieve positive outcomes and create highly engaged teams. Whether the teams were working remotely or not, I saw how creating a safe and open space for conversations that matter can transform a team from being average to highly performing.
In November 2019, together with my loving husband and two beautiful children we moved to Coastal Bend in Texas
to start our new adventure.
As a result of Covid -19, I believe that there is an urgent need to educate and promote facilitation as a way to get the team to do the work. By aiming to improve the teamwork, we improve the ways the projects and programs are done which has a direct impact on the organization bottom line, employees engagement and wellbeing.
This is why I feel very excited about the opportunity to bring my expertise to Texas and find new ways to support local as well as international clients.
Masters Degree of Science in Economics and Engineering, Poland
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Australia
Internationally Certified Facilitator
International Association of Facilitators
Technology of Participation Network
Portland Tx Chamber of Commerce
"Ordinary meetings don't interest me. Creative group leadership. Book 1 - What is Facilitation" (2016 Amazon No 1 Bestseller)