A woman experiencing joy - representing non profit leaders bringing fun into work

Let’s party. Agreed?

I know what you’re thinking. The world is on fire and Katie is banging on about having fun?

Seriously?  Yes, seriously.
There are so many reasons you might well be depressed and gloomy right now. Angry even. I know I am.
Violence at home and in the wider world. Poverty. Homelessness. Injustice. Political game-playing. Climate change.
And in our workplaces. Toxic relationships. Lack of diversity. Poor leadership.
These things are absolutely desperate. They hugely bother me and you as well, I know.
These are the reasons why I do the work I do in the first place. You too, I imagine. To create a fairer, more just, more peaceful world, where everyone is treated equally and with dignity and can thrive in their full potential – and the world doesn’t burst into flames.
The thing is, I’m not actually talking about cracking endless jokes in an effort to lighten things up. That’s a cringe.
I’m also not intending you to be an ostrich with your head in the sand. Clearly, you need to know about the state of the world and to engage with it to do your job.
But – there is no point in work being an unnecessarily po-faced slog, for you or anyone else, however difficult the challenges you face right now or the issues you’re working on.
No, what I’m talking about is leading your team to be a happy one where people look forward to coming to work and enjoy what they do.
A woman having fun at work - representing non profit leaders bringing fun into work

There are so many pay-offs to a workplace where work isn’t such hard work


• The proven bottom line is that enjoying work means you and your team are more likely to be productive and get things done. (I can give you the stats if you like)
• A happy workplace creates a climate of warmth and trust where teams support each other and collaborate rather than siloing away alone
• Laughter and playfulness lighten the mood in tough times, aiding wellbeing and meaning burnout and stress are less likely to develop
• A happier workplace leads to more fabulous ideas. Creativity and innovation grow out of a genuinely curious, playful environment where ‘mistakes’ are just learning
• You’ll get a reputation for being a great place to work and attract even more fabulous people to your organisation and to your cause.

So, let’s P-A-R-T-Y


I’ve just reorganised the content I teach my coaching clients into five core pillars which make up the acronym P_A_R_T_Y.
The PARTY PILLARS cover the key aspects of what it takes to be a truly brilliant leader.
🎉 P (naturally) is for playfulness. Plus:
🎉 A is for attitude and how to manage the thoughts in your head so they make, rather than break, your success
🎉 R is for relationships and how to bring others with you effortlessly and joyfully
🎉 T is for time and how to manage it, rather than it managing you
🎉 Y is for uncovering the unique YOU that you bring to your mission-driven leadership.

What next?

When you coach one-to-one with me, we’ll explore all five pillars of your leadership, It’s serious work, but we’ll be having a laugh and enjoying our time together.

If that sounds like your kind of coaching – and I know it won’t appeal to everyone – let’s chat. Email me with ‘PARTY’ in the subject line to katie@katieduckworth.com and I’ll get back to you with more.

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