Board Membership: Bringing Additional Insights to Your Governance
The key attribute I bring to a board is my ability to help others see the world differently. This opens the door to deeper dialogue and more rounded decisions.
Professional Background: I have experience as a project manager, in management, leading a start-up and running my own businesses for over two decades. As a result of this, I am highly financially literate and very comfortable with financial statements and reports of all kinds. I have also served in a series of leadership capacities for non-profits in recent years and continue to do so including as a Trustee for a National Charity in Ireland.
Critical Thinking: My fascination with thinking environments actually started as a teen on the school debating team. Debating forces one to set emotions aside, dissect complex issues and build sound arguments. This led almost directly to a degree and Master’s in law, which served to hone my analytical skills as well as build a strong understanding of legal frameworks. More recently, my coaching studies and work have added significant depth to how I pay attention and what I question.
Adaptability and Multidisciplinary Insights: My studies in law, IT and coaching, coupled with living and working in multiple countries and through a series of languages, have cultivated my adaptability and ability to integrate diverse perspectives, crucial for navigating the multifaceted challenges faced by boards.
Effective Communication and Engagement: My life experience, and particularly my coaching journey, has equipped me with very strong communication and inter-personal skills, vital for engaging effectively with stakeholders and fostering a collaborative board environment.
Innovative Problem-Solving and Strategising: Inspired by my curiosity and extensive reading, I am happy bringing “silly questions” and unorthodox approaches and ideas to the table, leveraging my broad knowledge base to address complex challenges creatively.
Fractional Chief Insight Catalyst: Embedding Curiosity!
We will work closely together to identify how we might embed curiosity at all levels of the organisation to help ensure everything you do is aligned with the overall vision. This means becoming crystal clear about desired outcomes, making smarter decisions, conserving energy and resources and accomplishing more of what truly matters.
It means shining a light on every aspect of the organisational experience. You’ll find some sense of how I see questions in Leadership & Curiosity. Please take the time to read (i.e., scan) to the end as you’ll find a whole series of questions you can ask today!
It means spending time each month working with senior leaders and key staff to help nurture the organisation’s culture and ensure alignment in terms of vision and values.
It may also mean spending some time at your headquarters working alongside all levels of the organisation to get a sense for the true lived experience and for those questions that will make a difference.
The actual content of this role will inevitably continually evolve as the organisation grows and changes.
Suggested description for the role of Chief Insight Catalyst:
The Chief Insight Catalyst role is all about changing the way an organisation thinks and makes decisions.
It means creating a decision-making environment that helps continually further the broader organisational vision and objectives.
It involves deconstructing choice architectures and understanding the complex factors that feed into decision-making throughout the organisation.
It involves coaching key leaders to weave curiosity into the very fabric of the organisation’s culture and nurture their leadership soft skills.
It also means teaming up with HR to identify the talent that will give the organisation an edge in a fluid world.