Today I would like to write about a very special person who inspired me a lot. His name is Ticu Constantin. He is an academic teacher (conf. dr.) at the Psychology and Education Sciences in Iaşi and, as I mentioned in my CV, I have learned from some of his experience and sharing, a lot of things I consider my professional basis as an HR Consultant.
I guess I couln’t call him a mentor, I consider other students have been truly honored to get that benefit just by staying next to him.
Although I wasn’t a student at the Psychology section (I graduated in Communication and PR), since I have discovered him, in 2005, I went to almost each of his classes. Or training. Or seminars. Wherever he taught, I just had to be there.
What I and not only, have deeply admired at him, are the passion with which he involves himself in his work, his LOVE for research, his brilliant skills in training students from scrap how to scientifically build evaluation tests through hard work, team-building and perseverance, the generosity of sharing (time, books, documentation, knowledge). His door was always open for a student with a project. He never got bored or send somebody away. He is always heartwarming and also witty; down to earth, but faithful. If you want to contact him, you may write to him at tconst [at] uaic [dot] com, either if you have a company and you need evaluation or training (you might be surprised how many of today’s generations of Bucharest’s HR specialists have graduated in the last 10 years learning from him) or if you’re a student and you just want to ask a question or get a feedback.
How I got to meet him is yet another interesting story. On a Friday afternoon, I just had a fight with a friend of mine, and on my way to get some water to drink, I just wanted to check some information at the news panel for students, from the D building (where Communication and PR have some classes, as do the Psychology students). I noticed there was a room with a poster on it, and it said “Autobiographical and Social Memory” – a project financed through a European Project… it was happening… then. I said to myself: “Hmmm, that’s interesting. What else do I have scheduled for today? Nevermind!”. And I got in. The rest is history. The truth is I never got out until I left Iaşi, in 2008.
The following weeks, I went to him with my first research projects, which have turned into complete disasters, but from which I have learned so much! He really encourages the students to learn from their mistakes, not be afraid of them. He was unlike the great majority of teachers. He was modest, available, as a teacher who really wants to transmit something.
He is also a brilliant marketer. From him, I have learned how the psychology of the consumer works. His courses have been more practical and useful than most of the training I have seen are being held for astronomic figures in Bucharest. It was actually unbelievable for me how much I could learn for such a bargain!
He showed me the deep correlations between psychology and marketing and confirmed that one cannot truly work in one field, without working also in the other.
I learned from him some of the steps of building an advanced research tool to be used for organizational purposes. He insisted on the standards of using personality profiling as a valid tool and he imposed a development programme for all students that wanted to participate in creating such tools, called E-Team, which I think was the best initiative I have witnessed in all the years I have studied at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” faculty. It started with just about 20 students (I think), a small room and a Xerox machine. And is now one of the best Human Resources Schools and Research Centers in Romania. Right in the center of Iaşi.
He is the living proof you can transform the environment with creativity leading others’ enthusiasm.
Today is his birthday. Happy birthday, mr. Constantin!