I submitted my PhD Thesis last week; a five-year long project. And what a five years it has been. So many changes to our lives and work - changes that continue to have unrecognised impacts today. I still have a few final hoops to jump through before my PhD is 'done' but I have been reflecting on the experience ever since I hesitantly clicked 'submit'...
The skills I have been able to employ to get my PhD over the line are inherently the same as those I use in my consultancy. What I have loved about the PhD process has been exactly what I love about my work in consultancy. My PhD has been my very own project, not commissioned by someone else, and not delivered in partnership with a 'team' - I have been the strategist, the planner, the developer, and the reviewer. Just all in a different setting, a different audience and a different set of examination...
The three main aspects of my PhD, perhaps of any PhD, and the three main attributes I employ in all my work. Research - reading and listening; what is the background?. Thinking - making a unique contribution; where can I add value? Communicating - writing and talking; how can I best get my message across?
In order to get my thesis - all 100,000 words of it - completed I have taken the past few months 'off' in terms of my consultancy... However, now it's time to jump back in, make a difference and apply my re-invigorated skills. If you are looking for some help, get in touch and let's see if we can work together.
HI, I'm Kevin and Third Quarter is my Consultancy. Follow my adventures here...