by Iulia Dobre-Trifan (Romania)

We spend a lot of our active time in professional contexts – be that a classical office, our work-from-home cosy environment or some other formula that works for us as well as for our employers and our clients. We share our workspace, physically or virtually, with our colleagues, people whom we usually meet because somebody else decided that we fit together in the bigger plan of the company, of the project, of sustainable growth and development of any business strategy that we are more or less familiar with or involved in.

How should we, then, nourish sound, productive, fruitful relationships with our colleagues, given how very different we might be for them and given this requirement for us to work well together, while keeping our personal lives on safe tracks, in a peaceful coexistence with our professional duties and commitments?

This is where executive coaching meets relationship coaching on a challenge for anyone to win:

Design your own successful relationship with your colleagues!

From an executive coaching perspective, the challenge is about coming up with some clear steps that you can follow easily, immediately and in-your-style, with any colleague that you choose, a peer, a subordinate or a superior.

Source: iCN Issue 25  (Career Coaching); pages 20-22

About Iulia Dobre-Trifan

Iulia Dobre-Trifan is an Accredited Senior Coach (ASC) by IAPC&M. Together with her team (, Iulia has founded the Pragmatic Coaching Club & School (, where she is responsible for the life & executive coaching portfolios.

She is a dynamic, efficient, ambitious coach. She likes to work with people who want more from their lives and who believe that all the good things are within reach, given the right combination of talent and effort. Throughout her career, Iulia has been working for many years as a manager and entrepreneur. Her coaching practice is based on the pragmatic knowledge of the real challenges that leaders nowadays face in their fast-changing professional environments.