It’s spring in London. I’m officially calling it.
The sun is shining, the winter coat has been discarded in the hallway for a few weeks now, and things are starting to grow. Including Kaleidoscope. I’ve been joking since last week that we’re the fastest growing social enterprise in Europe focused on health and care. Sure it’s a self-titled accolade, but things are changing at KHQ and we’re all stretching our limbs into the sunshine. But with growth comes challenge. And challenge is a good thing.
First off, we’ve realised that as of April, we’ve quadrupled in size in our first six months of operation. Welcome to Amrita, John, Annelise, our Advisory Board, Kate and Stacey! See, fastest growing social enterprise! I’m waiting for the trophy – or at least a certificate.
Also, we’re moving office. Be prepared for Instagram worthy shots of our city view to come in the next week or so. It’s going to be good. But we’re having excellent diversionary discussions about suitable seating, where the Welsh dresser will go, and what to plant on the balcony. (Yes, we’ll have a balcony – stop by for a coffee and a chat and admire the view while you’re here!) Part of building a new team is about building consensus, and our shared space will be a physical reminder of how we’re doing this.
Next, we’re developing a capacity model, to help us track our commitments and our dreams to deliver big on our mission. It means asking challenging questions – like how do we balance work that ensures the lights stay on with work that truly further’s our mission to improve health and care. Luckily we have an amazingly experienced Advisory Board who help us test this thinking (thanks guys!) and the opportunity to do exciting paid work that does build on our mission. We must be doing something right.
Finally, we’re working to define who we are and how we operate as a business by facing everyday challenges that come up just by virtue of doing said business. How can you be a non-consultant doing consultancy? How can you be a team with no titles and hierarchy in a system that wants you to bid with job titles and delegations? I’ve read a great article on quantum mechanics today that resonated. I’ve realised that essentially we’re like particles in superposition of here-there-ness. In a reality that deals with probabilities rather than certainties, we’re like particles that are fundamentally neither here or there, but, until pinned down, we are both here and there at the same time. Come with us and see where we turn up next!