In 2005, while completing her M.A. in Psychology, Lidia was working for Bigram, where she recruited middle, senior and top management across FMCG, automotive, industry and pharma. She also conducted outplacement programs. In 2010, she moved to Human Direct, a personnel consulting firm. Three years later, Lidia started to work independently as an HR Consultant in insurance & chemical industry (competency & potential assessments, executive search). She also has experience in HR Business Partnering in the chemical (Ciech Group) and medical care (Medicover) industry. Lidia has completed two postgraduate studies: “Human Resources Management” and “Employer Branding”. She joined Career Angels in 2019 and works in English and Polish.
Why are you a Career Angel? What’s your favourite part of your work?
Career Angels allow me to employ my previous experience, which I gained while working both on the consulting side (as a headhunter and a career consultant) and on the business side, as an HRBP.
My favourite part:
– supporting managers in their further professional career
– being able to give them real help
– having direct impact on positive changes in their professional life
And most importantly, a friendly team that I can always count on for support, feedback and further development.
What’s your life motto?
It might sound a little turgid, but I like this quote from “The Power of Truth” by William George Jordan:
“Truth is the rock foundation of every great character. It is loyalty to the right as we see it; it is courageous living of our lives in harmony with our ideals; it is always – power”.
It is not only about being honest with yourself or being aware of your own possibilities and strengths that can be developed. It’s also about honesty in relationships with others, which is the basis for building the trust. In my daily work, I implement this motto through open communication and honest, constructive feedback.
What’s the best & worst career advice that you have ever received?
When I was at a career crossroads, somebody said to me, “Lidia, build on your strengths. What sort of tasks energise you? Get feedback from significant people in your life. Ask friends, family and colleagues what they think your strengths are. Use a self-directed survey to identify your personal motivators. And at the end, look for patterns and ask yourself if you’re using your strengths in the way you want.”
The worst career advice or rather non-advice: one of managers, who vocally promoted the culture of feedback in the organization, was himself unable to implement this idea of courageously and honestly communicating with his team. For me, that was a complete lack of integrity.