Kathryn is an advisor, coach, and consultant working with organizations large and small to design systems, teams, and approaches that enable fluency, fluidity, and function amidst complexity, technology, and the need for more humanity. She spends a lot of her time working with leaders to bridge organizational worlds, transitioning from former leadership paradigms and becoming more comfortable, adaptable, and resilient in current ones. Understanding and applying methodologies and technologies without holding too tightly to them and projecting unreasonable expectations onto them is a large part of her professional charm. Having worked for over twenty years in the spaces of systems change, strategy, and org design with companies as large as GE, BCG, and Boeing, government agencies like the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Reserve, and HHS - and as small as start-ups in their infancy, Kathryn is cautious about this moment in time and the rhetoric around agile - or any other promise - as a one-size-fits-all solution. She has an academic background in the applied behavioral sciences, is conditioned with a systems thinking lens, influenced by the org systems pioneers of the 20th century, and trained as a qualitative researcher, leadership coach, and process consultant for organizational (as opposed to family) systems. She is a founding partner of the org design consultancy The Ready and runs her own practice. Kathryn lives in New York City. Follow her on LinkedIn to capture interesting writing, the pollination of ideas, and cool events.
I’ve recently had conversations about the inherent values and differences between our approach at The Ready and an Agile approach to transforming the way a system and teams operate. I am admittedly impatient around comparisons like these for a few reasons. The first one is that what pretty much always sits behind them is the reptilian brain wanting to negotiate risk, fear, and impotence veiled as an intellectual exercise around practice and methodology. I get it and am empathetic to it, and I also have to name it.