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Meet The Team – Katherine Reid

September 11th, 2018 by Katherine Reid

Here’s Katherine!

KathWhat’s Your Biggest Inspiration?

Seeing people achieve; be successful and do amazing things that they have worked hard for. Tenacity, determination and resilience are traits that I hugely admire in others.  I’m also partial to a bit of fabulous communication – those brilliant people who have fascinating insights to share about life the world and everything on TEDtalks are amazing.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

The only thing I knew for certain was that I didn’t want to be a teacher as my mum was a primary school teacher and a SENCO and my Dad was a Special Needs Headteacher and an OFSTED inspector.  I am curious and fascinated by people – why do we do the things we do, so I knew Psychology was going to float my boat.  For a while, I thought about being an Educational Psychologist but my Dad told me I would find that too frustrating.  So, instead, I am a Business Psychologist which means I get to learn about all sorts of different companies and industries and I get to help individuals to learn about themselves and how they can be really effective at work.

What motivates you?

The light bulb moments when someone I am feeding back to, or delivering training to, suddenly understands themselves or the organisation better.  When something I have said reminds them of their strengths and the amazing potential they have.

What do you bring to the world of employee research?

I think I bring a human edge to the research – as a psychologist I am supposed to be great at statistics, but it’s not my strong point!  I’ve worked with a lot of different organisation so I’ve heard and seen most things before.  That means I can bring the results to life.  My curiosity and flexible thinking style also means that I don’t rely on assumptions.

What’s your most annoying trait?

My kids tell me it’s my passion for relating pretty much anything anyone does to what’s going on inside the brain.  If I had my time again I would have more of neuropsychology focus to my academic career.  My colleagues would probably say it’s when I get a bee in my bonnet and have to have a rant to process the thoughts – I’m always hopeful that the rants are a little entertaining though!

Out of office?

As a mum of two I am mostly ferrying them around to different activities, and when not dealing with their constant demands I try to fit in some gardening; maybe some sewing and some reading.

Find out more: http://www.surveyinitiative.co.uk

Written by Katherine Reid
Katherine Reid, a Chartered Business Psychologist with 15 years’ experience working as a consultant supporting clients (organisations and individuals) to understand and develop their capability. She has worked across a wide range of industries developing a strong capability in facilitation and leading action planning activities working with business leaders and employees.

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