“Create the life story that makes your heart beat with excitement.”
I believe in choice, in change, in stretching yourself, often beyond what feels comfortable. The proposition that we are who we are bothers me. Wasting time, talent, life, disturbs me even more. I believe in aiming at becoming your best self and on the way, realizing that you are surpassing it. Because there is no Best Self, we are “work in progress” our entire life.
I see businesses & careers as a way to show the world who you are, what you stand for and to make an impact while creating the success you desire (whatever your personal definition of success is). I approach assignments with corporate sharpness, start-up agility and the soul of a poet.
My hope for all of us is to perfect the ability to be painfully honest with ourselves, authentic with others and to not just leave a legacy, but live and embody it now.
The pillars in my life are my family, making a difference and constant rediscovery.
I choose happiness, impact, and freedom every day.
What do you choose?
A cause that is close to my heart is helping more women become independent business owners in order to have the flexibility and financial independence to create the life that they want for themselves and their families.
Bela Stankova is a certified co-active coach by CTI International and Associate Certified Coach recognized by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Bela is also a licensed corporate trainer, certified in Personalized Creative Leadership and the Myers- Brigs Type Indicator (MBTI) and in Personal Profile Analysis (DISC PPA).
To her coaching practice, Bela Stankova brings a combination of senior management experience and leadership development practice of over 200 managers. Prior to moving to the Netherlands, Bela worked at an international software company Telerik, a market-leading vendor of UI controls, end-to-end solutions for mobile app development, ALM tools across all major development platforms, with clients like Nasa, Chevron, Boeing, Toyota, Barclays, Nike, IBM, Roche. There, she oversaw the professional development of 700+ employees in 7 countries.
Later, in her role as a Global Learning & Development Director, she was managing the largest company training initiative for software engineers in Bulgaria – four programming academies with 12,000 online participants and 1000 attendees.
With a broad educational background in Political and Economic Studies, Sociology, Rhetoric, HR and Executive Management, Bela knows how to bring the macro and micro perspectives together, helping clients create success while working on the internal behavioral challenges.
Trained by the Best
Bela is a member of several professional organizations such as:
- Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School Affiliate
- Professional Women Network Amsterdam Chapter
- European Leadership Platform
- International HR Community for the Netherlands
- International Coaching Federation
- Leith Society