It’s funny how our careers develop. Mine began as a young sporty girl who never wanted to sit behind a desk. I went on to study leisure management and had a life changing experience working at Brathay Hall in the lake district. This was where my passion for development found its home and following several years in management roles, I eventually entered the world of Human Resources.
Over the last 20 years, I have worked with and learnt from some amazing people and I think the following sums up what I have learnt along the way:-
- No-one can learn for you, so our job as facilitators and trainers is to open doors and support people as they explore and take what is useful to them.
- Experiential and story-based learning is the key to helping people to see their current reality differently and creates the stimulus for change.
- Having a growth mind-set is a fundamental ingredient to personal development and individual success.
Cultivate was born from my love of the garden and the fusion between caring for plants and people. We know that we need to make sure that the soil is fertile and suitable for planting before we plant our seeds or seedlings. We know that they need cared for, not just in the early days but throughout their life, regularly fed and watered and even pruned occasionally.
The analogies that we can draw to how we look after our people are endless and powerful. That is how nurturing people and growing talent became our strapline.