As an experienced transformational and organisational change management leader Kate is passionate about relationship building and revenue generation that delivers increased returns on economic, human and social investment. Kate has also been instrumental in building a culture of collaboration within Active Directions and has a personal focus on coaching and mentoring.
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
What their real problem is! Often clients believe they know (and can articulate) what their ‘problem’ is. Sometimes it’s just a symptom of the underlying issue or concern. I’m not afraid to ask difficult questions, and I take the time to listen. This means that I’m able to draw out, what the source of the issue really is. The challenge is how to share that information in a sensitive, yet pragmatic way.
What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?
I’m happiest travelling. I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to take two long breaks away from my professional career. Once in 2000, when we travelled around the world to 12 countries in 12 months after my husband had a heart attack, and then in 2018 for 3 months in Italy.
Otherwise like most of us, it’s a month here, 2 weeks there….Turkey is my favourite country with Japan and Italy a close second/third!
What would your personal motto be?
Be prepared! (I’m a bit of a scout)
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…
In the early 2000s, I had the joy of having a personal business mentor. He is a professional business man, who is very generous, humble and very successful. He used to say to me…”Trust in yourself – you’re not going to get it right all of the time, but you’ve got enough smarts to get yourself out of trouble!” – Maybe not the most ‘classic’ advice but really important to me (and tailored to the person I am).