Meet Aimee Dunne

Current life (Title)

Principal Consultant

 

Tell us about your business/occupation & how you ended up where you are today. 

I embraced my nerdy love of process! For 20 years, I've helped build operational plans for corporations, universities, startups and nonprofits. For me, it's all about identifying the things that keep organizations stuck and feeling inefficient, and helping them explore opportunities that enable them to do what they do best, without worrying about the little things that get in the way.

 

Superpower

The ability to bring diverse talents, experiences and goals together (often around a whiteboard!).

 

Loves to talk about

Strong leadership, gender equity, self discovery... and my garden.

 

Pet Peeve

Bad grammar - I'm sorry, it's true!

 

Wants to help you with

Identifying roadblocks, ideas that will work, new revenue opportunities and metrics that will help you know you're growing in the right direction.

 

Describe your typical workday?

I start with coffee and yoga stretches, a bit of writing and brainstorming in the morning, administrative tasks and emails, client calls in the early afternoon, project planning and research as the day ends.

 

What is the biggest challenge you face in your business/job & how do you overcome it?

Explaining what a good operational foundation is and why organizations need it. It's definitely not the first thing we think about! Once I help organizations identify where they're stuck, why they feel like they're always starting from scratch and what goals they could reach if they were using their resources well ... they become more excited about how a few easy processes, templates and metrics can make their lives easier.

 

How do you keep yourself motivated?

I'm most focused when I'm learning, expanding my thinking and bringing new ideas to my clients. When I get stuck - I read. That, and a good walk.

 

"Go to" quote or mantra?

"Pray to God, but row for shore."

 

What inspires you?

My nieces - they're the best people I know and will do amazing things.

 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Just start. Especially when you're a perfectionist, you can spend a lot of time planning but not doing! I always have to remind myself that if you're really good at something, the road appears as you step.

 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Draw more, and don't apologize as often.

 

What are your "go to" business books?

Right now I'm reading "Meltdown: What Plane Crashes, Oil Spills, and Dumb Business Decisions Can Teach Us About How to Succeed at Work and at Home"

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