PURPOSE (AND HOW)
Some people go their whole lives without defining their personal purpose, or even realising it is something to think about. Mine is an emerging picture and, I suspect, will become more focussed year on year.
Right now my purpose, and that of Backpack, is
to help more people experience joy in their lives - be that by removing barriers to joy or providing opportunities for it.
For some the first barrier to overcome is the absence of a world where they are physically and mentally safe. Others' enjoyment is blocked by inequality and underrepresentation. For many their joy is diminished by the chunk of their lives spent in unsatisfying, tough, or confused work environments. Then there are those lucky enough to have all of the above but hunger for opportunities to grow, give back and live their best lives.
I am living my purpose in three ways:
Working with awesome organisations to help them better tell their story, sell what they sell or fund what they do.
Working with organisations to help them create a better environment for their colleagues and their partners.
Helping people to have better conversations, empathise with each other, embrace openness and let go of their own insecurities.
And I love it!
Since I could walk I have been unknowingly filling my backpack with skills, experiences and tools that are useful in almost every area of business - as well as learning about people; how they tick and what they need.
Working with Backpack positively moves businesses forward at a fast but sustainable pace. Be it sense checking your brand and communications are still fit for purpose or a total rebrand; checking in on your people or your leadership or a full organisational turnaround programme.
Whatever the organisation's needs, my work gives intelligent, openminded and brave leaders clarity and direction.
I'm a passion borg - I whizz around gathering my energy from the passions of others, digging and unearthing what makes them them.
Frank and Efficient
We have no time for game playing - any of us! I want to spend my life doing things that are fun AND useful so no elephants in rooms just honest conversations that move us forward.
Bright and Sparky
Although not very British to say so, I am intelligent, I am informed and I know myself well enough to know my limitations. My mind works a little like a circuit board and I can quickly spot connections, dependencies and impacts at a zoomed in level in order to quickly zoom out again and see the whole picture.
Open source and open minded. Ask me anything, I am happy to share all I know and all I have in my backpack including my connections and tools. And I want to continue filling my backpack and questioning my own views.
WALKING THE TALK
Either via the fantastic work of clients,
pro bono work or financial support
and sponsorship I am consciously making
a positive impact on the following SDGs:
3. Good health and well-being
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality
8. Decent work and economic growth
10. Reduce inequalities
13. Climate action