Hi! I'm Amy Kay, and I'll help you lead your way to organizational health
I began practicing continuous improvement methodology with my first white belt project in 2012. I've been on-boarding employees and providing technical training to large groups of employees for over ten years and have taught continuous improvement tools and methods since 2014. I have a background in adult learning theory and completed the year-long mastery of Technology of Participation course in 2018 to further augment my teaching and development style. I received my MBA in 2021 along with a business leadership certificate. I integrate elements of active learning, improv, neuroscience, and traditional continuous improvement teaching methods to keep the workshops interactive and fun.
These are the core beliefs that guide my work
If you give people the opportunity and tools to rise to the occasion, they will. Conversely, if you don't make the effort to give people the opportunity to innovate, learn, and try new things, you will be stagnating your staffs' development and your organization's impact and growth.
"If you fail to plan, plan to fail" - Geri Halliwell. Yes, she is a Spice Girl and also, extremely smart and business savvy. When I heard her utter this phrase during an interview, my impressionable mind saw the wisdom of this mantra. Some people get frustrated when you have to wait to formulate a plan, and I encourage them to see the strategy in making a plan - we're slowing down now to go fast later on.
What good is the right "strategy" when what you're trying to accomplish isn't "right"? The "why" is the motivation of everything. I say "purpose, process, and practice" is the key to success.
Care personally and challenge directly. I love the book by Kim Scott where she makes a compelling argument for speaking up, not with judgement or condescension, but rather with kindness and an intention to help. Radical candor gets us out of a space where over-empathizing leads to ruin and into a space where we can give direct critique without harming a person's value or worth.