Full interview: Liliana Bica, a mentor in SIM’s community
Personal development advisor, Hogan evaluator, Trainer, Facilitator, Mentor
💃Who is Liliana Bica and what does she do?
Lili, she is a human being. With my eyes wide open to life, with the love of God, family, and people, I bring me the contribution in human resources, personal development counselling, and mentoring. I like roses and especially those in the garden. I love spring!
I look forward to it and enjoy every green blade of grass! I am just as looking forward to the big holiday to be with my loved ones and of course Christmas!
💃When did you realize what you wanted to do?
From childhood, more precisely in general school. There we had some extraordinary role models: the teacher, the history teacher, and the Romanian language teacher. I wanted to be a teacher. Life has given me other options that I have chosen, other dreams, obstacles, and joys.
But I have always had the vision that I will support young people in the first place and people in general to develop and find their way. That’;s how I found coaching and mentoring as well as personal development counselling. In my professional life, which means human resources management in organizations and extra job activities, I follow my models' principles and values: modesty, continuous learning, and multiplication to others.
💃How did the arrival of your children impact you professionally?
My husband and I like to say that first there were children and then careers. Life is beautiful but not easy! There is no textbook or school to guide you on how to be a good parent. We relied on instinct and especially on love. The most beautiful thing is that we made all the decisions and we make them together, and we support each other. Even now, when everyone is already on their way, we do projects together, and we rejoice whenever we meet.
💃What does work-life balance mean to you?
To be one Human being!
Do not give up your values!
I like to say that the "job description" does not come to work! Comes a man with his vulnerabilities, feelings, and joys. Solve at work what you have to do both as a target and through behavior so that when you get home, you do not deprive your loved ones of your active presence. I am coming back, but it is not easy! But by reconciling with yourself, you will be!
💃What does it mean for you to be a mentor?
First of all, it is an honour! Secondly, it is a choice assumed by both parties: there are two contributors to this process. The mentor chooses to share his/her experiences that give meaning to the present and the future disciple.
The mentee, in turn, should understand that if this approach to personal development starts, he needs to be consistent, persevering, and with a desire for change.
💃If you were to leave readers with a message, what would it be?
The thought I want to share with readers is a very present quote: “Be yourself the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi“