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Into Bulgaria

Post-Communist Bulgaria may not be the first country you’d associate with world-class leadership, yet International Coach Federation Bulgaria co-founders Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova are spearheading some remarkable changes

To say that Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova have got coaching off the ground in Bulgaria is an understatement. They won the International Coach Federation (ICF) President’s Award for their leadership and contribution to coaching and the ICF in Bulgaria in September 2011, and their chapter won the ICF’s Breaking Barriers Award in 2012, along with Australia’s Victoria chapter for a joint project.

They’re launching one trailblazing executive coaching initiative after another, they’ve been interviewed widely in Bulgaria, and former prominent journalist Irina has had more than 20 ground-breaking articles published, establishing a new language for leaders and organisations.

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Prism award: everyone deserves great leaders

International coach federation global conference, 3-6 October 2012, london The return on investment for introducing coaching within a management development programme is 87.6 per cent at the United Nations Secretariat, delegates heard. The organisation won the International Coach Federation (ICF) Prism award, along with Banner Health and Roche Turkey. Staff engagement at Roche Turkey has gone up by 20 per cent, thanks to its coaching strategy. The establishment of a coaching culture at Roche began two years ago, said internal coach Mustah Zarlari, and has seen more people promoted internally. Zarlari said the number of assignments overseas has increased: “I […]

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Letter from Bulgaria – Sofia’s choice

Peter Goryalov Coaching is in its infancy in Bulgaria. Change must happen from the inside out if it is to gain a foothold Recently, I attended a conference about Bulgaria’s image, organised by Manager business magazine. Government officials, business leaders and intellectuals explored the future while travelling by train, dubbed the Manager Express. The minister for European funds, Tomislav Donchev, brilliantly summed up the event: “A shared, meaningful and creative vision for the future is the path to take, to build a new and positive image of Bulgaria. We need a broad, honest and robust dialogue within which to admit […]

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