The Challenge of creating a culture of inclusion (article in Greek ed. HR Professional)

Adopting a culture of diversity and inclusion is a challenge at workplace; HR leaders have a comprehensivetoolkit in their hands: policies, internal research, specific written or spoken phraseology, trainingto employees, stakeholder groups, key performance indicators etc. But what about the beliefsof people and especially of leaders, who should talk and act accordingly? How about those who are feel"different"? Finally, who are they and why is it important to integrate and feel that they belong to the group?

Although the intentions are good, there is often an unconscious bias. It is said that in the first seconds of contact with a person,we have already made a series of judgments that affect us variously, e.g. as to the recruitment of a candidate,related expectations or performance evaluation and more. Sometimes, individuals may feel that thetheir diversity is a key selection criterion and they will find it difficult to feel that they belong to the group.Important key here is acceptance! Not so much acceptance of the other as much as the acceptance of our own ignorance aboutour unconscious biases. Accepting that we might have never been in a similar, uncomfortable position.

So, the phrase"I understand how you feel" has little value. On the other hand, by accepting that we do not know, we open ourselves to learningwhat the other person needs, using active listening. What is needed, so that ultimately, the values of diversity, of inclusion, of a sense of belonging,to have meaning. 

In the business environment , where change is the new constant and unique competitive advantage is innovation, the "other" voice, the "other"culture, the "other" solution are the magic keys,  that each "different" person bring. It is essential for businesses to create and possess culturethat encourages the “different”, without sticking to the similar image, similar opinions, similar voices of “cultural fits”.  Since their competitive advantageis the innovation fuel, injected by the different people.

Eugenia AndroukakiProfessional Development Coach ACC-ICF

Continue Reading

New Beginnings

What is good in new beginnings?

They are refreshing, optimistic and they get us out of the routine. What more? They need courage, responsibility, love, hard work and they involve risk, new learnings, mistakes, failure and success.

Continue Reading

The power of our strengths

Publ. January 2020 in LinkedIn and website Cyclades 24 (in greek)
(translated in english from original text in greek)

By Jeny Androukaki, Life & Business Coach

Often, when we speak about ourselves, we talk about our problems and flaws. We consider ourselves honest when we criticize ourselves as being perfectionists or reckless, strict or lenient, procrastinating or rushing, selfish or weak-kneed.

Usually, in the beginning of the year, we take our big resolutions of how we are going to “correct” ourselves: I will stop eating junk food, I will stop eating sweets, I will stop smoking, I will not be so impulsive, I will not do this, I will stop that…

Continue Reading

About coaching

Publ. November 2019 @ Cyclades 24 (in greek) 
(translated in english from original text in greek)

By Jeny Androukaki, Life & Business Coach

Coaching is a collaborative relationship between the coach and the coachee. This relationship enables coachees shape and achieve their goals in the professional and personal life. Professional “coaching” started in the US in the 60’s in the field of sports. It quickly spread in the professional, scientific and academic world. Today, coaching is a major topic in many universities and institutes around the world. Nowadays, it is used more and more as a developmental tool at a personal and organizational level.

In order to understand better what coaching is, let’s see what it is not:

Continue Reading

We are aiming at the empowerment of people’s potential

Published at

Translated and summarized in English from the original Greek text

What is coaching? Which the role of the coach? How can it contribute to our life and mostly to our professional activity?
Jeny Androukaki answers these questions. She is a professional coach, practicing at Syros, member of the International Coach Federation, certified HR Professional SHRM-SCP, holding an International MBA, from the Athens University of Economics & Business.

Continue Reading

Συνεχίζοντας σε αυτό τον ιστότοπο αποδέχεστε τη χρήση των cookies.