Kate McCready

Kate operates as a human-centred designer, an innovation specialist and a coach. Every part of her business has the capacity to seamlessly overlap.

After studying a Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) at RMIT University, Kate began her early career working as an innovation catalyst for EPA Victoria and later Deloitte, but it wasn’t until she experienced a health scare that she truly started to pursue the career track that has defined her life up to now.

Thursday 16th May

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“I stumbled across an organisation called Huddle and they did something called service design, which I had never heard of before but was immediately interested in,” says Kate.

“They were using human-centred service design to help organisations do new things and create better experiences for their customers or their users or whatever it might be.”

Having spent the majority of her degree far more interested in service-based entrepreneurship over product-based entrepreneurship, Kate felt like the perfect opportunity had landed in her lap, especially when she discovered that two of her former classmates already worked there and could provide her with the inside track. A cold email and a quick interview later and Kate was employed off the back of her experience in innovation and the fact that they were certain she’d be a great cultural fit.

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“The thing about human-centred design is that it actually requires people with different backgrounds,” says Kate.

“That’s what makes people work really well together in that kind of setting, because if you only have people that have similar experiences and outlooks on life then you can miss out on important and different perspectives.”

“Culture-wise I actually just finished up some research … [that shows that] whatever career it is your degree is just a baseline,” adds Kate. “It’s actually who they [prospective employees] are as a person, their emotional intelligence and how they will fit into the team, and add to the team, that is most important. You can’t fake cultural fit … you need to bring your real self to the table, employers want to see that you have passion and drive that goes beyond getting paid.”

Kate worked with Huddle as a contractor for just under 18 months before realising it was time to take the plunge. Officially launching Kinsight (now simply Kate McCready) in 2014, Kate has spent the last few years getting to the heart of things – in people, businesses and organisations. Whether she’s coaching people one-on-one, working with organisations to unlock the unique talents of their teams or organising her soon-to-launch programs and workshops, Kate is constantly “helping people create conscious and human-centred working lives. Ones that activate their true potential, achieve personal wellbeing and have a meaningful impact.”

Since our interview with Kate, she has also founded Leading Beings.

Employment details correct at the time of original publication

Kate McCready

Kate McCready

Kate completed an RMIT Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship)

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.