Taking my leap of faith
Deborah Hood is the Senior Consultant at Esat-Smyth Consulting. The Directors are delighted to have her on the team and in her first blog for the new website; she explains why she took the decision to leave one of the world’s largest professional services companies to join us.
5th March 2017
My career has spanned over 20+ years in the water industry. The industry has changed so much in that time but it excites me just as much as when I joined DYNO-ROD as an office manager in 1996. I’m forever grateful to be involved in a sector that contributes as much to the health of the UK as our NHS. Almost everyone who joins the water industry stays for the rest of their career. An extended career in the water industry gives us a sense of purpose and belonging that I certainly don’t think I could find elsewhere.
I have been fortunate receiving funding from USIT (Utility Skills Industry Training) to continue my development following my MBA to study a Master’s Degree in Project Management.
My roles have ranged from managing a medium wastewater network contractor, right through to Senior Project Manager. Having worked with both the private and public sector has given me a great holistic overview of the sector.
Some years ago I was privileged enough to have a lecture delivered by Professor Mike Shaner. He stated, “We cannot learn from failure without first accepting that indeed failure is possible”. I took that the golden nuggets in failure are the lessons we learn from it.” This lecture has stayed with me since my MBA Summer School in Denmark during in 2011.
The fear of the unknown is as much about the fear of failing. If we fall down, we must get back up again, dust ourselves off and ensure we do not repeat the same mistakes. Change in our working lives is becoming much more of a normal occurrence. In my industry, this is changing right now with open water. On a personal level, I have made a conscious choice to embrace change, to chase after perfection and follow my instincts. We will grow from our experiences and become the people we want to be if we leap and learn.
So, as I sit in my study on a Sunday morning, why am I reflecting on my career and Professor Shaner’s lecture? I have recently taken a leap in my professional career by putting faith in myself. I am working with others who are like-minded individuals to create something new and exciting, Esat-Smyth Consulting. The vision of the Directors to serve a small number of clients exceptionally well and make a real positive impact in people’s lives has really inspired me.
On Monday 6th March, I am looking forward to starting a project at Thames Water where I’ll be helping them implement some very interesting change projects which should have an almost immediate business and customer benefit. We spend half our waking lives in work, that’s too much time to waste. Let’s spend our time and energies where we can be exceptional, effective and make a real difference. Bring on the rest of 2017!