Pip Loader believes that everything we do starts, and ends, with people. Businesses therefore need to be investing in people and building the soft skills and capability to keep ahead of the game. She feels that the pace that the world is changing is only going to get faster. The businesses that succeed in the future will be those that are continuously finding ways to be more innovative, re-inventing themselves, and re-thinking how they deliver value.
Pip works with leaders and their teams to create and deliver impact in their day to day work. What that impact looks like can vary across different businesses. At the moment, she is helping organisations with innovation, customer & staff experience, and leadership development. She has also just developed a Story ‘Moving’ workshop, to help people learn to tell stories for impact.
Her work is quite varied and includes facilitation, training, coaching and speaking. What she loves most about her work is seeing positive shifts in people – in their mindset, in their approach to work. She says it’s pretty rewarding when she sees their eyes light up, in that moment when everything ‘clicks’ in the context of what they are working on.
Pip has been in leadership roles for the past 20 years, across a number of sectors including Manufacturing, I.T, Venues & Events, Arts & Culture, and most recently was leading a Co-design & Innovation Lab. She’s always been obsessed with finding new and better ways of working, challenging the status quo, shaping great teams, and rethinking how to deliver services & experiences that made a positive difference.
She gets frustrated with ‘work for works sake’. Work should be meaningful and enjoyable and fun! Most people spend a third of their day at work, and not all of them love what they do. She thinks that’s a shame, and is always encouraging people to explore why that is and shift or change their thinking. Life is way too precious to be in a job you don’t enjoy, move on!
The advice she would give specifically to women is “Get out of your own head”. She believes we often over think things, self-sabotage, and are our biggest critics. We tend to let these thoughts stop us from going after what we want, and we need to get out of our own way. Pip learnt this early in her career. When she was younger, she wanted to apply for an internal leadership role in the company she was work n. She talked to the HR Manager about her aspiration, and was told “As you are just an admin, you should probably just stick to that”. She remembers going through a lot of self-doubt, and ‘not good enough’ thinking and then had a moment when she shifted her thinking to “I’m not just anything! How dare she!….” So she applied for the role, got it, and never looked back. Now whenever anyone tells her, she can’t do something, she always finds a way to do it!
She admits it takes a lot of grit, gumption and some grace, and while we often know what to do, and what is stopping us, we get a bit stuck with the ‘how’. This is where she loves helping other women make the shift.
Pip is very disciplined about time for work, time for her, and time for family and friends. Too many people she says spend far too much time working, and not enough time on the other important things. Life is short, so it’s up to us to choose to make it as fabulous as we can!
Her passion is cooking and entertaining people. She also loves learning and frequently has her head in a non-fiction book, or watching TED talks, or listening to podcasts while running. She love theatre and film, and is just about to get back into golf! So look out Lydia Ko!