I dread the question “So, what do you do Kate?”
Sometimes I wish I’d taken up nursing, or accountancy, or architecture or sculpting. Then I could give a neat one word answer to the question “So, what do you do Kate?”.
But I didn’t. Instead I’ve spent my whole working life helping people change some small part of the world they live in. (If you’re curious, here’s more information about my previous volunteer and paid work.)
I help small not-for-profit organisations work smarter, not harder. I write and deliver (face-to-face or online) low cost, short duration, high impact customised training programs and I help small organisations or programs to review and renew their structures, services, programs, plans and toolkits. Some of my work is done alongside the leadership team, some of it is done for the organisation and sometimes we develop a matrix of coaching, training and tools development – depending on the needs of each organisation or its team or individual board members, staff or volunteers – because one size never fits all. (Some people call what I do organisational development – but – to be honest, I’m never sure what to call it – or myself. Although ‘Nanny McPhee’ does seem to suit some days!)
It’s a technology driven world now, so to help organisations get on track and stay on track, I’ve been part of developing a nifty new tool – the Good Governance Health Check. Check it out here.
When I’m not building custom online learning spaces or working on a project (or three) or facilitating workshops, I’m working on my own To-Do lists and trying to learn to speak French. Life is never dull!