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"Leading A Smaller organisation" award winner 2019, Kirsten Kearney explains what this award meant to her

As we look forward to CO3 Leadership Conference and Awards 2020 we wanted to take some time to catch up with a few of our 2019 award winners to find out what has happened since.

This week took the opportunity to catch up with Kirsten Kearney of ecs Films and winner of our "Leading A Smaller organisation" award 2019.

 

 


 

  1.  What did winning the Leading a Smaller Organisation Award mean to you?

    Winning the award was such an amazing surprise. I was really pleased to be nominated and was so struck by the other very strong women in my category (we were all women!) that I didn’t think that I would have a chance of winning, given that esc films is such a small organisation and most of our work is under the radar. When my name was called I was genuinely over the moon. Really shocked actually! I don’t think I stopped smiling all night… To have external recognition from my peers meant such a lot to me and is a real encouragement to keep going when times are ‘challenging’ or you feel isolated. 

 

  1. Would you recommend entering the CO3 Leadership Awards?

    Definitely, you might win! It is a great feeling to be recognised and to know that someone has taken the time to nominate you. It gives you a chance to get to know more people within our sector and for them to get to know you and your organisation. 
     
  1. If there was one piece of advice you would offer to another Third Sector leader what would it be?

    Keep your eyes on the big picture and keep your heart fixed on why you do what you do. The day to day challenges and traumas are more manageable if you are able to keep your focus. 

 

  1. What motivates you?

    The alarm clock! No, I think I am very self-motivated as a person - very determined and focused on what I want to achieve and what I want esc films to achieve. I am motivated most though when I see the impact that our creative film-making work has on our participants - most of whom have mental health issues; when I see how proud they are about what they have achieved, it makes me proud to be a bit of the jigsaw puzzle that helps to improve their lives and set them on a better path. 

 

  1. What do you think makes a good leader?

    Someone who listens. Someone who isn’t afraid to make difficult and potentially unpopular decisions. Someone who believes whole-heartedly in what they are doing and why they are doing it. 

 

  1. What’s a little known fact about you?

    I have a PhD in national and cultural identity called - CONSTRUCTING THE NATION: THE ROLE OF THE BALLAD IN TWENTIETH CENTURY GERMAN NATIONAL IDENTITY WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO SCOTLAND. Yes. Indeed.

 


If you feel that you are or you know of someone who deserves to be recognised for their contribution to the third sector Nominate now

 

Be part of our free lunchtime event How To Be A CO3 Winner taking place at our CO3's new premises, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, Bt2 7JD.

This early afternoon event will unpick what it takes to be a CO3 award winner and what winning an award hae meant to some of the 2019 winners.

This is a free event, but you must register beforehand. Contact louise@co3.bz to register your interest

 

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