EP 220: Managing A Team From The Road With Kinetics Consulting Co-Founder Kate Leese

Jul 9, 2019 | Business Models, Operations, Podcast

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The Nitty-Gritty:

  • Why Kate Leese and her husband decided to travel full-time in an Airstream while building Kinetics Consulting
  • How the logistics of running a business from the road have impacted their approach and operations
  • The tools and method she uses for managing their team—all full-time travelers themselves!
  • How Kate’s leadership style has evolved since starting the business and adapting to a new way of working

A few months ago, I got a little idea. It seemed a bit absurd at first.

But finally, I was able to give it a voice.

I said to Sean, “What if we spent a month in Montana this summer?”

I think his response was something like, “Wouldn’t that be nice?”

A response like that is all I need to start the actual process of scheming something into reality.

“Yes, it would be nice, and here is my 9-part plan for making it happen!”

In order to spend a month on the road, I knew we’d need to keep working.

I’d have some masterminds to facilitate, emails to write, and podcast episodes to share.

Once I determined the things I’d have to keep doing throughout the summer, I could look at what I could get done well in advance. Little by little, I worked my way through the check list so that I could work a maximum of 3-4 hours, 4 days per week and stay on track while we were gone.

We leave July 18. It’ll take 6 days to drive out so that we can stop at a bunch of National Parks and get Junior Ranger badges with my daughter. We’ll be in the Flathead Valley for just over 2 weeks. And then we’ll take our time coming home.

It’s not exactly a month in Montana—but it is a month outside the comfort of my home office.

My guest today hasn’t just figured out how to run her company from the road for a week or a month at a time. She and her husband travel permanently.

But here’s the kicker—they only work with people who do the same.

Kate Leese is the co-founder of Kinetics Consulting, which helps electric and gas utilities create a culture of safety and preparedness.

Kate and I talk about how she made the move to full-time travel and how it impacted the way she approaches her life and work. We also discuss the logistics of working from the road, how she finds team members, the systems they use to manage projects, and how the way their team is built helps them stand out.

Now, let’s find out what works for Kate Leese!

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