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I’m one half of a typical mid 40’s couple balancing two kids, work, mortgage, uncontrollable garden and probably too many pets.
Our house in the Perth hills is a constant work in progress and after nearly ten years, I am almost ok with not having a real door on the ensuite. I did put my foot down over lack of window blinds though; there are some things I won’t share with the neighbours. And I built my own gravel driveway closer to the front door. Make of that what you will.
I love exploring the bush around us and am only limited by the endurance of my elderly dog and the separation anxiety of my kids to their electronic devices. Some days I skip the drama and just leave them all at home, but mostly I drag them along for my own sick pleasure.
As for work , well I never had a clear plan for my future. I have always let boredom be my career guide. Learn, conquer, but when the motivation is over, move on to a new challenge. Hence my unusual multi-industry bio.
I waitressed in a café then eventually worked my way to manager. I tried vet nursing, loved the business more than the role and spent many years working my way up to then embracing practice management. Here I was limited only by the legal requirement to marry or become a vet to own the business; neither were great options for me at the time. Next it was a move into manufacturing where the operational and training aspect soon captured my interest. But I really hated being boxed into one role, preferring to be a master of everything. And so my consultancy life began.
Along the way I gathered a few pieces of paper with my name and stamps on them; Diploma of business, lead auditor, trainer assessor, and most recently one with health and safety words on it. But as important as these pieces of paper are in a resume, true credibility comes from solid industry experience. A proven track record, and people saying the right things about you; even if sometimes they are not the things you want to hear at the time. We learn from mistakes, not from easy success.
Through everything systems, process and training have been my driving passions. People flourish (and stay) when given the right resources and opportunities. Grow the people and your business will grow too. Allow them to stagnate and your business will flatline.
This was, and will always be, the inspiration behind Vital Signs.
Bringing learning to life.