Marlborough resident and ex-army Major, Kate Philp, has contributed a chapter to a new management book ‘Purposeful People’ which is being published tomorrow, April 9. The book is self-funded by the authors to ensure all proceeds go to four charities: SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, Cancer Fund for Children, Shelter UK and Samten Meditation. These are all charities which have a personal connection to the authors.
Kate has lived in Marlborough since 2012. She served with the Royal Artillery for 13 years. In 2008 she was posted to Afghanistan where she was seriously injured by a roadside bomb or IED. Her injuries resulted in her electing to have her leg amputated below the knee. At the end of 2013 Kate trekked to the South Pole as part of an expedition organised by Walking with the Wounded, braving -45 degree temperatures, frost bite and exhaustion. She left the army in 2015 and has since run a successful business as a keynote speaker and coach focusing on overcoming adversity, resilience, focus, leadership, communication, perseverance, teamwork, achieving goals and perspective.
Kate’s chapter in ‘Purposeful People’ is entitled ‘Leadership by Little Things’. She told Marlborough.News,”It’s all about, as a leader, knowing your people as people, understanding them, not just focusing on the role they fulfil at work. It’s about the power of saying ‘thank you’, leading by example and having a conversation with people face to face, which is obviously more difficult with Covid, but there is always Zoom.”
The chapter draws on Kate’s leadership experience from Sandhurst to the front line in Afghanistan and back in barracks where the people challenges don’t stop.
Kate commented, “I really enjoyed writing it. I like to keep things simple in order to make it accessible to people.”
Twenty business leaders and authors with a range of backgrounds have contributed to ‘Purposeful People’ sharing stories of triumph over adversity and bringing a sense of hope from those who have endured immense personal challenges in their lives.
“The book,” says Kate, “has a strong health and well-being aspect which is pertinent in the current climate. There are contributions from nurses, people with military backgrounds, speakers and coaches. The book doesn’t just appeal to the business world.”
‘Purposeful People’ can be ordered here. Four webinars featuring the authors of the book are being held from April 9 to 12. The first three are at 2 pm and the last at 6 pm.
Kate is the Director and Founder of Corran Consulting and can be contacted here.