“In academia, the person with his or her personality is the work tool. We, therefore, expose ourselves to unprecedented degrees to others, and we are exposed to each other. Gabriela Sirbu’s workshop is the best of its kind I have experienced raising awareness of how we bring our innermost selves to work and are exposed to others’ innermost selves”.
Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen
Professor of Northern Studies, Barents Chair in Politics at UiT Norway Arctic University & Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Security & Development Policy -Sweden (ISDP)
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“Gabriela’s workshop for the Faculty of Human Sciences at UiT in February 2020 was a high point in the academic year for me. What I found especially worthwhile was that she gave us the chance to practice the issues she introduced in the presentation immediately. The overall structure and variety of activities made the time fly and left me wanting more. Since the workshop, I have been paying more attention to all the ways that communication is mostly non-verbal, and how what could matter most is not what I said, but how I made the other person feel. It is extremely refreshing to be able to talk about important issues like these in an academic setting!”
Laura Virginia Castor
Professor of Northern Studies, Professor, English Literature and Culture UiT, Norway’s Arctic University
“I attended Gabriela’s workshop on workplace environment and relationships in early 2020. Such workshops are crucial to help leadership and co-workers think through how they are contributing to a positive or negative work environment, and how they can more effectively communicate in ways that lead to better cooperation and a positive work space. It was clear during the workshop that not only are these insights needed, but also on a regular basis. It is not sufficient for a one-stop/one-time event, but to regularly meet in this safe, constructive setting to review our own contributions without judgement. I highly recommend Gabriela’s workshops as she brings both experience and sensitivity to the subject matter and creates a space of trust where participants can challenge their own views, attitudes, and ways of being in the workplace”.
Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv
Professor at Center for Peace Studies, UiT The Arctic University of Tromsø
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