Consultant Spotlight: Kim Brundidge

Kim Brundidge

February’s Consultant Spotlight is on Kim Brundidge. Kim regularly works for TrainingPros’ clients and we are happy to keep her busy. She gets great reviews for her excellent work and her great attitude. Here is my interview with Kim:

Question:  You were recently placed on an assignment with ridiculously short deadlines and an internal team that was “stuck”. You were able to lead everyone to hitting the deadlines. What actions or attitudes contributed to your success?

Answer:  The main attitude is a belief in solution, that there is a way to do what needs to be done.  Somehow, whether it’s neurological or spiritual, knowing that there is a solution helps you find one. So, in this particular situation, I was the cheerleader and the coach, encouraging the other team members to see, or at least try to see, the light at the end of the tunnel, and not get stuck on the fact that there’s another tunnel shortly ahead.

Question:  I have received rave reviews from my clients about your attitude, your professionalism, and your work product. What is it you do that makes you stand out so well?

Answer:  I like people and they know it. I come in as part of the team. I am clearly about solution and I am as transparent as possible. And I praise people. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t kiss up. But I know that feeling appreciated goes a long way.

Question: If you were counseling someone that was just starting out as a contractor after 7 or 8 years in the corporate world, what advice would you give them?

Answer:  Don’t do it unless you like uncertainty. The contract may not last as long as it is initially presented. The scope of work may change. Players may change. Deadlines are usually absurd. If those kinds of conditions annoy you or stress you out, don’t go into contracting. On the other hand, initially, you should approach people you’ve worked for before.  That’s your best shot at getting work.  They already know your work and your ways. In terms of fitness — strength, endurance, flexibility, and tone (I think), I would say flexibility is the most important for a contractor.

Question: What are three critical tools every Instructional Design contractor needs to have in his or her toolbelt?

Answer:

  1. An understanding of the system development process is critical. It separates the pros from the rookies.
  2. An ability to communicate in a couple of languages — Development and Management. These groups of people see (and hear) things differently and often the ID is the liaison between the two groups. Marketing is another language to be at functional in.
  3. An ability to learn new things quickly.

Thanks Kim!

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