Karolina Urbanska

Karolina Urbanska

Senior R&D Psychologist

I am the Senior R&D Psychologist in our leadership consulting team at NSCG.

What experience and expertise do you bring to your role?

In my role, I am leading the development and validation of a leadership competency framework and a wide range of tools to help organisations assess their talent and culture. As a trained scientist and research psychologist, I bring rigour and validity to our IP, ensuring that the measurement approach is robust and predictive of desired outcomes such as performance and engagement.

I also bring over a decade of subject matter expertise, consulting clients on people analytics, leadership effectiveness, psychometrics, employee engagement and measurement more broadly. I have experience working with clients in financial services, pharmaceutical, retail and manufacturing sectors.

What do you enjoy outside of work? Any hobbies? 

I currently spend a lot of my time outside of work renovating my period house, running, weightlifting, and keeping up with my 2-books-a-week schedule.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? 

While pursuing my PhD, I struggled with feelings of incompetence. Being surrounded by super smart people and seeking answers to questions no one has ever addressed before felt very daunting and it made me want to quit. This was until I found an article written by a biologist Martin Schwartz, titled “The importance of stupidity in scientific research” which made me realise that when you are doing something outside of your comfort zone, it will often feel like you are failing and that you are an impostor; this is a part of the process of growth. This article has had such a profound effect on the way I work and the way I view success, I now jokingly say that if I don’t feel like quitting every day, it means that my work is not challenging me enough.