Partners in Evolutionary Change

Experiencing Theeo

Prompt

The prompt I asked is "what does it feel like to work change in these ways?" Because the reality is that to do tangible change work systemically, you are going to feel. You will need to think deeply as well, but it is the feeling space that is often avoided, all the while expecting meaningful change to magically appear. What comes through — from some favorites who are committed to modern organisations — is transferable, funny, and honest.


With Kathryn having my back, Streamline has grown revenues by 5x. More importantly perhaps, a growing discipline to find footing in my own uncompromising truths has been a best outcome. Peeling back the layers to lead at the intersections of growth, sustainability, and the team is real work and what can feel lonely to do alone as a founder. Therein lies the genius that Theeo brings using equal parts expertise, humility, and directness. Now focused on our refreshed business vision and further expansion, I see even more potential on the go forward. While maybe the harder choice as a leader, the dimensional work always at hand within systems is impossible to ignore or step over. For Theeo’s support around it all, we are grateful.
Katie Sullivan

while working together over the course of a decade nurturing the business, steering expansion, and carefully growing the Streamline team. Starting together when a team of three served 3 families to fifteen people administrating over 18 families and entities, supervising 2.5B in assets while committed to a human-first product and service-first operating design.

at Streamline Family Office
Katie Sullivan at linkedin.com

Partnering with Kathryn to shift the way I lead teams, substantively changed the vision and direction of my organisation(s). It aligned strategy and priorities anew, molded them in rigorous rhythms which resulted in my own transformation to a more coherent, truthful vision for my professional direction as a global leader. Our work together has been an invaluable asset personally and professionally. Kathryn's creative and methodological intention behind Theeo’s brand and viewpoint on system designing, organisation change, and modern leadership are an imperative for building and leading organisations truly fit for a modern, generative future.
Massimo Portincaso

while Massimo led a scaled ways of working, technology adoption, global strategy, and Global Marketing division transformation effort, inspiring BCG Global Finance and the BCG Corporate Deal Team to also invest in their team's elevation and modernisation of the ways they were operating and crafting strategy.

at Boston Consulting Group
Massimo Portincaso at linkedin.com

Working with Kathryn is like having open heart surgery on yourself. Painful, sometimes nauseating, and eventually life-saving. She brought structure, strategy, honesty, and poetry to a systems-change process that began long before I joined the party. She created a format for working that was trusting, agile, ambitious, digitally-enabled and in every sense of the term, fit for modern people. I am glad I caught the tail-end of her journey with us and was able to, with her guidance, shed outdated concepts of efficiency and productivity. Theeo's work with us officially concluded more than a year ago, yet my team and I reference Kathryn's teachings on a daily basis (and sometimes even think we can hear her voice coaching us through it.)
Sandra Raad

During a multi-year and system-wide organisation vision and objective refresh, modern ways of working install, and outcome-based prioritisation and strategy engagement within and across Teams of the World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator. The Accelerator was founded in 2016 to identify, pilot and scale up digital and technological innovations to address food insecurity, humanitarian assistance toward zero hunger (SDG 2).

at UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator
Sandra Raad at linkedin.com

I have experienced Kathryn’s change work from when I joined the BCG Global Marketing leadership team back in 2018 and it has had a significant impact on my professional life and career. She understands that change happens from within the organisation and the individual, and works at a profound level, constituting real development of mindset, personal accountability and interaction with colleagues alongside the organisational redesign. This can be challenging stuff, but is held together with Kathryn’s deep empathy and innate understanding of social dynamics. This is work that those who experience it take with them and become agents of change. Because once experienced, it is very hard to go back to old habits and working practices.
David Fine

while integrating onto the Global Marketing leadership team one year in to a full re-imagining and re-factoring of the Global Marketing Function's ways of leading, working, structuring, and strategically positioning a transformed product & service delivery portfolio within the larger BCG structure.

at Boston Consulting Group
David Fine at linkedin.com

Working with Kathryn and Theeo is like jumping out of an airplane — completely exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. You quickly realize that Kathryn is both pushing you out of the plane and providing the parachute. You just need to trust. If you want to tackle deep work that changes everything about the direction and impact of your work and your team, Theeo is for you.
Lisa Zarick

while Lisa reimagined her Organisation Effectiveness Team's purpose, vision, and strategy; internal mandate; and outcome-based org effectiveness and scaled change offerings to the businesses.

at Allstate

while Lisa led an at scale culture transformation effort with her Boeing Culture Team to systemically, broadly embed a revised and evolved set of performance metrics, directed out of the then CEO's top line strategy. It was a strategy in response to tragedy, negative brand optics, and poor culture cohesion. These metrics devised in a separate project were called the Boeing Behaviors. To install them with usability, utility, and a chance for uptake and spread, the culture team built internal products and a shared service offering that integrated the behaviors as intention and measurement alongside an applied modern ways of working initiative. Combined, they became one concrete pathway and means to measurably change across engineering, product + technology, production, and HQ teams.

at The Boeing Company

while Lisa co-led an appointed cross-functional organisation change team (executive committee, key HR roles, global business leads) during a phase of substantive global delivery reimagining, focused on intent and strategy around decentralised global structure, leadership cohesion, and systemic introduction to more modern ways of working.

at Edelman
Lisa Zarick at linkedin.com

The time spent working with Kathryn was already a time of change. I was leading a team that was still navigating the pandemic and facing a return to office. So many questions were afloat. How would we re-establish our flow of work? What did hybrid look like? What strategic opportunities could we seize upon? What attitudes, beliefs, practices should we leave behind? I led a Partnerships Team through these questions, where we actively rewrote the rules of our work. As we established a renewed team vision and outcome-focused operating strategy, an agreed-upon way of working, we soon realised that all boats were rising in the process. As I was evolving my own role, so too was everyone on the team. It was certainly a humbling process, and I'm incredibly proud of the collective design work we did and the team morale that we achieved together. Change is inevitable. It is how you navigate it that counts. "No (wo)man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and (s)he's not the same (wo)man" (Heraclitus) 
Joanna Purcell

During a multi-year and system-wide organisation vision and objective refresh, modern ways of working install, and outcome-based prioritisation and strategy engagement within and across Teams of the World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator. The Accelerator was founded in 2016 to identify, pilot and scale up digital and technological innovations to address food insecurity and humanitarian assistance toward zero hunger (SDG 2).

at UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator
Joanna Purcell at linkedin.com

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