The Short Cut:
A quick fire chat about working life with Kelly Baynes
At the heart of the Nurture Network is the power of sharing experiences. From breakthrough career moments, to best ever advice, how to deal with stress and the women that inspire them.
Tell us about your breakthrough career moment
I don’t think that I can point to one moment and say, “yep, this is it.” For me, I think it is a series of little steps, that sometimes took me backwards or in a different direction, but that all added up to shaping who I am, what I am passionate about and why I do what I do.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?
“It´s not brain surgery.” Probably back in my first year in the “real world” and I got upset about a mistake that I had made and was crying. A senior manager took me aside and said, “look, don’t worry, it’s not brain surgery, no mistake you can make is that bad”. It really helped put things into perspective. I’m not sure what they say to brain surgeons that make mistakes though!
Have you ever felt held back as a woman in business? How did you respond?
Gosh, I don’t think so. But I try to live my life without assigning motivation to other people’s actions. I believe strongly that you can’t account for other people so try to focus on the bits that I can change in me.
How do you protect your mental health in moments of pressure?
I don’t necessarily recognise that I am stressed in the moment. It’s only after the fact that I realise. I guess the adrenaline keeps me focused. I find classical music is a great way to calm down. I’m by no means an expert in classical but it is very soothing.
Do you have any hobbies to keep you busy in your spare time?
I´ve always wanted to be a person with many traditional hobbies. But never found the time to actually devote to them. I’ve given myself a challenge of learning how to juggle. So far, I’ve bought some juggling balls and bookmarked the how to wiki page.
I feel empowered when…
…I’m learning new things, been heard and contributing in a positive way
The woman everyone should know about…
…Constance Markievicz. She was the first women elected to House of Commons in 1918 but as an Irish Republican she didn’t take her seat. Instead, she formed the first Irish parliament and became one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position.
The world will be a better place when…
…we learn how to silence the trolls, on social media, in real life and in our own heads.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
With family and friends. It doesn’t really matter where.
The first thing I do in the morning is…
… explain to my three-year-old why its too early to play with his toy cars. Again, and again and again.