I provide support for leaders who want to make a difference. Usually, this is a need that occurs at a crossroads – promotion, the new job, starting own business, taking over a family business by a successor, etc. This requires self-knowledge, the ability to confront conflicts, and creating the necessary changes. Attention! Conflict is the tension that comes from the gap between what we have and what we long for. I also like to work with young, ambitious people who want to become successful leaders and enjoy well-being.
The program begins with CliftonStrengths assessment and the subsequent consultation on its results. Only then it is possible to define the relevant personal development goals. To succeed, it is essential to build effective teams. These teams must be based on building quality relationships. This is done by coaching using both conversational and emotional intelligence tools. Mental toughness is an essential part of the equipment of successful leaders, because they are not paid to do only pleasant things. Today’s teams don’t need to be merely managed; their coaching is increasingly needed, too. Team coaching is a new coaching discipline, and there are only a few coaches in Slovakia who are trained for it. As for individuals, I prepare programs for teams according to their current needs.
Said about me
As a coach, Ivan gave me tremendous support when I was in the transition of my career paths. He guided me through the foggy road where I was completely lost with my strengths and capability, by leveraging a great range of professional tools and sharing his incredibly vast knowledge-base at every session (and often in between the sessions as well). Not only did he draw upon well-curated resources and tools, but he would tell me where exactly to look for my answers; this was extremely helpful for me as I would otherwise get lost in the pile of papers and articles. Although all sessions were conducted online, I always felt as if Ivan was sitting across from me physically. Ivan’s calmness, patience, and sincere devotion to listening to me made it a lot easier to reflect on myself whenever he asked me questions about my behaviours and emotions. What I learned about myself through sessions with Ivan remains my pillar both in my professional and personal life, even after 3 years. I would vehemently recommend Ivan to anyone who wishes to unveil his/her strengths and potential as a leader.
With Ivan, I tried a form of self-development through coaching and mentoring for the first time. Having an experienced partner on this journey who draws on his many years of experience was very important for me as a beginning manager. Ivan very well put together a program that allowed me to find out not only my strengths and weaknesses but also provided me with instructions and showed me the way to deal with them. He opened the door to my self and showed me a lot of interesting areas that I want and will continue to work on. He is a very pleasant and charismatic companion, with whom it is easy and natural to discuss. I recommend Ivan as a great coach and mentor for anyone who wants to work on themselves.
Ivan's (CliftonStrengths) assessment helped me identify my key strengths and showed me a way to use them to lead the small team of our English language school to the best of my capabilities. Before the consultation, I was just a freelance English teacher with an organically growing demand and no prior experience in leading a team. Ivan's guidance, along with his tailored tips including what exactly I should read, had a great impact on the whole team, its performance, and our further growth. To me, Ivan's greatest strength is working with your raw talent and making it work towards your goals without relying on generic solutions.
I have known Ivan for just over 6 years now. Every interaction with him has been delightful and empowering. He is an extremely well-read individual. He uses the past experiences of his prime years in corporate and his gathered wisdom to great effect. Individuals like Ivan seldom retire. On the contrary, lately, I have seen more zeal and hunger in him to add value to people and organizations alike. Slovakia should be proud of having such a passionate individual and a mature coach in its rank. An individual who is open to sharing priceless golden nuggets and pushing current and future leaders into a better position of influence. It is an honor for me to be a part of his current journey and I am sure even better things will unfold in the future covering a wider audience and more nations.
The time I spent with Ivan went incredibly quickly thanks to the attractiveness and importance of solving the problem. Ivan is a person with rich practical experience who knows exactly how to correctly guide a person in any situation. Any topic can be discussed with him. Our conversations are mutually beneficial. He developed talents in me that I didn't even know about myself and gave me a lot of material, shared his experiences. I work with Ivan's materials or go back to them at any time and they still give me meaning. He taught me how to work with my lesser talents, how to give understandable feedback. He was able to give me exactly what I needed and couldn't find. I appreciate his focus on people the most, because I know that I can contact him at any time and he is still interested in me.
It's been a while since I've worked with Ivan and I'm constantly drawing on the methodology and value I've gained from strengths coaching. Excellently designed questions inspired me to think about the pluses and minuses of the given talent, its application in real life, whether at work or private sphere and to realize how I actually have it and want it. Ivan's perspective on working with lesser talents, which you need to learn to manage and not try to master everything at all costs, also helped me a lot. I honestly can't imagine having only an assessment without coaching. For me, it has a completely different value with and without. Especially in Ivan's case, when he constantly came up with improvements within the timeline, he constantly worked on himself and enriched the meetings with practical experience, and shaped the approach for the client accordingly. THANK YOU!
Ivan IS a Maximizer. If you want to get a real deep understanding of what your talents are and how to get the most out of them, you've come to the right place with Ivan. He doesn't do things by halves, he will offer you a very deep and comprehensive insight. Thanks to the consultations and materials from Ivan, I found the words, but also the certainty of how to name what I bring to cooperation and clients. Where are my power and extraordinariness? Where am I really? And so I could proudly and confidently put in my profile "I help clients relieve pressure from the idea of a big change, turn the change into small changes and make clear the next steps".
With Ivan's support, we were able to implement the skills we had already acquired or to delegate powers, and assign and redistribute work tasks in a more targeted manner, which was reflected in increased quality and productivity. The no less important benefit was knowing our talents in terms of teamwork and mutual communication. Focusing on the development of strengths made work processes more efficient and completed the shaping of the individual roles of all team members.
I got to know Ivan as a coach who expertly helps discover strengths in a person and specifically shows how to improve their potential. His personal approach, openness and broad overview inspired my admiration and trust. I also respected his professional approach. He was always ready for meetings and knew how to give me recommendations for literature and courses that can advance me personally and professionally.
Cooperation with Ivan is fulfilling and very valuable. Based on psychometric assessments (used all over the world), Ivan will help you understand and use practical examples to explain why and how you behave, act, and make decisions. It will help you find your talents, and strengths, which he will also explain and place them in your life context. He can find with you the "why of life", which is the core of actions in your life, and at work. After each meeting, you will leave with the AHA effect about yourself. His approach and actions are identical to his mission and values, and that is the biggest plus.
Since the beginning of our relationship, Ivan’s kindness and genuine passion for helping others struck me the most. Without a doubt, he turned out to be the most knowledgeable person I had ever met and was always ready to answer any questions I happened to have. Additionally, Ivan was more than happy to provide me with many supplementary resources on a wide range of topics to pursue my interests.
I had been looking for a coach for nearly 9 months. I was looking for someone to trust, respect, and have in-depth knowledge of my questions. Each of us is an individual with different needs to fulfil our dreams. Ivan was able to assess the issues defined, came up with the options and helped me find the true answers. Right and True answers are not always the same. This is what makes Ivan THE Coach, with his exceptional approach and ability to help other people.
Ivan has proven himself as a very capable coach and mentor, and I expect to be able to reap benefits from our interactions for years to come. He has multiple tools at his disposal that he utilizes to foster self-awareness and unlock and develop hidden potential. In addition, he gladly shares his endless supply of resources on multiple topics ranging from leadership and management to psychology, policy and economic development, which has significantly expanded my horizons.
Ako môj koAs my coach, Ivan has impressed me with his professional approach, wisdom and kindness online. He is willing to go beyond what is required. uč Ivan na mňa urobil dojem online svojim profesionálnym prístupom, múdrosťou a láskavosťou. Je ochotný ísť nad rámec toho, čo sa vyžaduje.
Completing the path with Ivan Košalko to discover one's own talents is a fantastic experience for a person. It is as if you have lived your previous managerial life in a dark and shadowy space, even though you have not perceived it because you have an excellent orientation in it. Discovering your own talents, which you use only intuitively, can be compared to the feeling when a bright light suddenly enters your world. Not only do you see much better and more, but you will also discover new spaces. Ivan Košalko is a great guide on this journey and puts all his talents at the service of his client.
Ivan enabled us to understand our strengths more deeply and showed us how they need to be further developed and improved. It also helped to get to know each other within the team, to make much better use of the potential each of us has.
Ivan does not focus primarily on shortcomings but seeks the positives and strengths of the personality and develops them to help move forward.
Ivan drew hidden treasures from my soul and really inspired me with a determination to follow the path of my mission.
Ivan is a very experienced leader with excellent results in his long career. When discussing any topic, his thoughts are based on real business experience, combining with continuous learning of new ideas.
Mission and Values
To enable people’s self-realisation to use their full potential, enjoy their work, and have a good and happy life, which will benefit all stakeholders.
Most managers get into their first management position without the necessary managerial training. They have little knowledge of how to build effective teams and how to develop talent. Sometimes they try to imitate managers they knew or know; other times, they try something they have heard or read about.
The best managers and leaders are neither the ones with no visible weaknesses (we each have some) nor those with much experience. And even not those with the best academic background. The most successful are the ones who excel in a limited number of skills and develop them. To do this, it is necessary to get to know oneself and acquire basic leadership skills.
The best students have an individual study plan. You deserve it, too. Together, we will create a personal development plan that will develop your strongest innate talents. The improvement will be rapid and significant. And you will enjoy it! Want to know how you’re doing with the most important leadership skills?
Gallup® Certified Strengths Coach
From Talents to Strengths
“Humans are imperfect creatures. You don’t “succeed” because you have no weaknesses; you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them…”
(Tim Ferris, Tribe of Mentors).
I am the first Slovak Gallup® certified strengths coach. I have been dealing with the topic of talents and strengths since 1999, which has helped me to an interesting managerial career with a significant contribution. What will it bring you?
By analyzing the talent profile, we will find out what you are doing well. After defining the goals that will unlock the most important potential, we will develop a plan for doing these things even better and more often. It will be easy, and you will enjoy it. The result will be new habits that will increase your performance and improve your relationships. It’s a journey from talents to strengths.
The new CliftonStrengths for Managers assessment will guide you on becoming a better manager using your ten strongest talents.
Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ)
Getting to the next level of greatness depends on the quality of the culture, which depends on the quality of the relationships, which depends on the quality of the conversations. Everything happens through conversations!
(Judith E. Glaser)
Conversational Intelligence® coaching will guide you through three levels of conversation, from transactional, through positional, to transformational. Four two-hour sessions will teach you to listen so that it “clicks”, ask questions you have no answers to, maintain the necessary conversation dynamics, all to build relationships based on deep trust.
You will learn how to mix the right neurochemical cocktail to create a suitable environment for productive communication.
In the new workplace, with its emphasis on flexibility, teams, and strong customer orientation, this crucial set of emotional competencies is becoming increasingly essential for excellence in every job in every part of the world.
Lack of interpersonal skills and inability to adapt to the situation is among managers’ most common failures, especially in managing change. The EBW assessment will tell you how you are doing with your ability to motivate yourself, the need to influence others, determination, adaptability, empathic skills, conscientiousness and resistance to stress.
We will look at how to use your strengths productively to improve your emotional intelligence skills so that the opportunity to work together on your team will be a magnet for the best. You will learn to consciously change your leadership style according to the situation and need.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
If you are in a leadership position or if you aspire to one, you should be interested in how you are doing with mental toughness. It is one of the essential characteristics of successful leaders, and it is often this ability that has allowed them to succeed and achieve exceptional position. The good news is that mental toughness can be developed.
The mental toughness assessment analyzes what is going on in the manager’s head and how it affects her behavior. The 4 C’s model – Control, Commitment, Challenge, and Self-confidence, describes 8 components of mental toughness. It is not enough just to be resistant to stress, mental toughness also depends on the attitude, i.e., how one approaches challenging situations.
Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Team coaching provides the greatest scope for exploiting the synergy of mutual knowledge of team members’ strengths and emotional intelligence skills. The EBW team assessment will provide information on how much energy must be spent on collaboration between individual team members.
You will learn how a team perceives its mission and/or vision, how it trusts itself, communicates, and engages, and how these factors affect teamwork. Working with strengths is then a process that optimizes team collaboration, allowing each team member to choose the right role and guide them on how to use their strengths to benefit the team.
I offer a synergy of quality management education, many years of experience managing companies in Slovakia and abroad, knowledge and skills from top coaching courses for individuals and teams. I was responsible for operating the SEVES Group’s seven plants on three continents (Europe, Asia, South America). I managed companies in Slovakia, Germany, Austria and Sweden, and was chairman of the boards of directors in Thailand and China.
Before taking up the global position, I served on several boards (non-profit organizations and universities) and was a member of the rating committee of the Slovak Rating Agency. I am a founding member of the Business Alliance of Slovakia, of which I have been president since August 2018.
I work with renowned experts in Slovakia, England, Germany, Dubai and the USA.
You will find more information here:
- Owen Fernandes
- Janka Bernaťáková
- John ‘Bob’ Spence
- Simoneta Vargová
- Zuzan Relovská
- Jeffrey Wallk
- Jana Balážová
Owen is a Business Agility Coach who specializes in supporting companies to optimize and improve their Business Operations. He coaches operations leaders and teams to understand the root causes of the challenges they face and leads them to apply the values, principles, and practices of Business Agility to become a high-performing organization. In addition, Owen is also a certified Psychometric Analyst and has a deep understanding of human behavior what makes him a great coach.
Janka Bernaťáková is an expert in creating a motivating and productive work environment. She uses proven change management techniques supported by experience from its own managerial and consulting practice. We have created a workshop that focuses on building a culture of strengths and supporting the necessary leadership and management skills.
John ‘Bob’ Spence is an expert in business development by building a strategic network that generates sales. His negotiation training aims to acquire skills that will allow him to make enough profit. My contribution is coaching aimed at the client to use Bob’s recommendations authentically, i.e. using strengths.
Zuzana is a leadership development coach, consultant and facilitator. Her broad experience in the environment of multinational corporations is complemented by consulting experience from global development projects across regions, industries and levels of leadership. She designs and leads workshops to strengthen leadership capabilities, confidence and resilience and supports leaders in building a culture of wellbeing and psychological safety in their teams.
Jeffrey Wallk is a corporate “chiropractor”. He can reliably identify the causes of the biggest problems and design an ecosystem that eliminates these problems and prevents them from recurring in the future. Our common vision is that managing people is not about cost but maximizing the value that people can create for all stakeholders. To do this, it is necessary to coach the teams responsible for making the necessary changes.
Jana Balážová is an ambassador of empathy and a transformational coach for leaders. Her mission is to bring more humanity to business and build a new generation of CEOs (Chief Empathy Officers). Her work draws on the tools of methodical empathy, the therapeutic method of personality development – psychophonetics (of which Yehuda Tagar is the founder), and coaching, and also combines them with her experience in behavioral interviewing and talent management.
- From Talents to Strengths (n. 83-100)
- How to create value (n. 79-82).