Hello and welcome!
So great to have you here.
I'm Kate and it's fabulous to meet you (ish).
I always find these pages tricky, as summing up who I am and what I do in a nice neat package is not easy. I have many strings to my bow. Actually I have many bows.
Let's start with this...
What I believe
Our work can change the world. Perhaps other than raising tiny humans, it's probably the biggest contribution we make in our lives. We spend more time doing it than anything else. If every person and organisation were to focus their attention on improving their own life/organisation, the lives of others and our environment through their work - that is some serious positive impact.
I also believe...scrap that. I also know, intentionally living and working more consciously comes with incredible benefits to life and business. Don't take my word for it. Smart people have done the stats.
We are operating in a world where the lines between life and work are blurring more and more. There is no use fighting it. We need to embrace it and find ways to harmoniously align the two for happy, healthy humans and a happy, healthy planet.
To activate the potential in people and organisations do good via their work: for themselves, others and the world.
My 'Why' works on many levels. Firstly, it's about people and their relationship to their work. How it influences their fulfilment, wellbeing, engagement and feeling of contribution and connection to life. Whether via their own business or career. It's also about lifting people up and helping them elevate their personal ability to have an impact - whether small and local or big and world changing.
Within an organisational context it's about how individuals can align to their organisation's mission, purpose and culture. How they can be inspired and enabled to play their part in a bigger collective vision. For organisations to make big shifts and really make a difference, their people need to be on board.
Finally, it's about helping organisations understand and work with people to focus their efforts for innovation, change and transformation in the right places. When creating and improving products, services, experiences and cultures with purpose and meaning - we need to take a holistic, human centred approach that brings the people we are designing for into the conversation.
My WHAT & HOW
Business, career, leadership and life coaching | Human centred design, design thinking, service design, experience design, co-design | Strategy, creativity, innovation | Facilitation, speaking.
Feeling, empathising, questioning, listening, making, exploring, researching, prototyping, planning, analysing, synthesising, understanding, generating insight, brainstorming, workshopping, clarifying, strategising, transforming, creating, reiterating, communicating, collaborating, build relationships.
Singing, dancing, learning, performing, playing, loving, laughing and other tom foolery.
My Special Sauce
My approach to both coaching and human centred design is a combination of strategic, analytical, emotional, creative and intuitive. I love getting juicy with information and ideas to find connections and patterns, uncover insight and find meaning in mess. I thrive in ambiguity.
I love connecting with and making people feel comfortable to open, express, share and be courageous.
I believe in expressing who I am in my work. I encourage my clients to do the same. I also believe fun and professional can go together.
After a few years of exploration and getting to know myself (a Theatre diploma, working in call centres, and as an English Teacher in Japan), I found my path in innovation after returning to study a Bachelor of Business Entrepreneurship.
Working as an Innovation Catalyst in State Government (yes, that was really my title), then jumping over to the corporate world to work in innovation at Deloitte - I eventually stumbled across the wonderful world of 'Design Thinking.' This saw me take the leap into becoming a service and experience designer where I could really tap into my passion for the human side of business.
A sucker for learning and personal development - I not surprisingly decided coaching would also be another great tool in the tool belt and did my coaching certification.
Over my career have helped organisations and people:
Generate, test and prototype ideas +
Build things from the ground up +
Create insight from places of uncertainty +
Bring multiple passions or ideas together +
Understand , engage and design for people +
Understand themselves +
Create new ways of working +
Change, create, enable and transform +
Quals & Creds
Bachelor of Business Entrepreneurship +
Certified Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy +
Diploma of Arts: Small Companies and Community Theatre +
Deloitte Facilitation Training +
Deloitte Design Thinking Training (Via Stanford D-School) +
Design Thinking Bootcamp (Delivered vis Stanford D-School) +
On A personal note
I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and fur baby Jaxx the Cavoodle (he’s also my Chief Wellbeing Officer). I love art, music, dance, yoga, meditation, design and food of pretty much all kinds. I love nothing more than heading away to a music festival, travelling the world, having dinner and playing boardgames with friends or visiting my family beach house and chilling out.
While I'm working to support and empower others to consciously align their work, life and impact – I'm also on the same journey myself. I'm a constant explorer and student for how to do this. We are on this crazy road together.