Karen is an experienced executive coach. She has a very supportive and empathic coaching style, and a unique ability to challenge in a very constructive way. I found our coaching sessions to be very powerful in making me appreciate some key limiting self-beliefs which were holding me back in exploring a better way to manage an important situation at work. I would highly recommend Karen to any business leader and teams looking to supercharge their development
N.O. Jan 2023
Karen’s coaching was incredibly useful. She provided really useful insights, challenges and thoughtful questions that get straight to the point whilst being empathetic.
I definitely recommend her.
CEO, Culture Sector
"I worked with Karen to explore my leadership style and increase my skills in setting boundaries and being more direct with my team. Our sessions were incredibly helpful and enjoyable. I felt Karen listened brilliantly and was a kind and thoughtful guide who helped me see the positives and the things I was doing right as well as challenging me to think about potential changes where I thought I needed to make them. She always encouraged me to lead our sessions and reevaluated as we went through to make sure that I was actively making choices about how we spent our time together in ways that were most productive to me. She helped me set clear goals and take actions that I would report back on so that I could actually experience the changes I was looking for rather than just talking about them. I definitely feel working with Karen has made me more aware of my strengths and weaknesses as a leader and helped me make some improvements and I really value the time we spent working together. " SM Drama Production Executive Leader, UK Nov 2022
"Karen has a gentle and impactful coaching style. Her approach is to look at the whole person and be able to select parts that are relevant to the client's progression towards their goals. She enables you to navigate and support your own direction - I really liked that. I got many practical actions for me to implement out of these sessions. Karen's style of coaching is holistic; probing in an impactful way to gain deeper insights. She has a beautiful natural flair for actively listening and summarising, and she does so with empathy and respect."
A. Tanda, Manager, Medical Standards Body, Australia. Oct 2022
"Karen gave me space to really reflect on who I am as a leader as well as what I can offer an organisation. She challenged me when I needed it, and helped me see myself and what I can offer from a variety of lenses which I hadn’t previously considered. She’s really helped me to recognise my potential, and I left every session injected with energy and ambition". K Atkinson, Digital Services Lead UK
"Karen has provided fantastic support to me over our sessions: challenging my thinking and assumptions; encouraging me to question my behaviours and habits; and helping me step beyond insecurities to seize new opportunities. She has an uncanny ability to get quickly to the heart of an issue, and to create a safe environment of positive self-reflection which has been transformative. Her knowledge of the media sector was a really helpful backdrop against which she could help me to find what I truly feel about my own work and potential future moves. She is also great fun to be with, making each session a huge pleasure. I would highly recommend Karen as a coach." News Executive TV media (UK)
Karen's coaching sessions were really excellent. Karen's a wonderful listener, who tailors her support to your needs and mindset on a given day. Whether she's helping you brainstorm a management challenge or pushing you to reflect on your own work and thought patterns, Karen's focus is on identifying concrete steps you can take to better achieve your goals and the goals of your organization. She then pushes you to commit to action, holds you accountable, and helps you turn those first steps into sustained habits.
Sean Gray, Client Protection lead, One Acre Fund, Rwanda
Coaching with Karen was fantastic - she is skilled, direct and supportive. In four sessions, Karen's insightful questioning and effective challenging broadened my perspective and I went away with practical steps I could implement immediately. I highly recommend Karen!
Peter Hughes, Impact Manager, Capacity, The Public Services Lab, UK
Team Coaching: "We are feeling bolder, more creative, and have stepped up the difference we want to make to our (organisation). We feel more empowered to be very strategic about our workloads. We are learning to resist non-strategic tasks and stay focused on the work that really adds value to the wider team."
MarComms Team leader, Charity Sector, UK
Karen changed the direction I was going. She has the unique ability to be entirely calm and supportive, yet also firm and assertive! I had lost my way after having a career change, then a baby, and she helped me unpick the root of what had gone on, then together we rebuilt a plan, my confidence and my goals. I couldn't recommend working with her highly enough. Thank you for the invaluable impact you had on my life Karen! Amy Redmond Artistic Director POW festival UK
Karen provided a safe and non judgemental space for me to be honest and open. I felt energised and positive from our sessions and motivated to move forward. I. Emerson, Dublin. Ireland
Karen’s outstanding skill is her ability to listen. Really listen - actively, carefully, kindly. And from this starting point, everything else follows; creating a fruitful partnership, a safe space, insightful reflection and thoughtful exploration. Her coaching style balanced challenge and support, and over six sessions she helped me reboot confidence and clarity in my skills, values and direction. I highly recommend her as a coach – you will experience the exciting and transformative power of being heard. J.B. Media Literacy Director
Coaching has helped me to pause and ask myself the bigger questions before running headlong into big decisions, and I’ve used the open questions in lots of strategically difficult moments since to great effect. Bryony Benyon, Director, Good Night Out Campaign.
I have really enjoyed working with Karen. Her coaching style could be described by the following words: warm and challenging, compassionate and thought-provoking, structured and goal/action oriented. In our coaching journey Karen took into consideration both verbal and non-verbal communication and with powerful questions picked the things (beliefs, emotions, behaviours) that were not necessary said/shown/reflected by myself. By doing this she pushed me out of my comfort zone and always challenged me to dig deeper. Additionally, her direct communication style helped me to address the most challenging issues that I was facing with at that time. Finally, her action oriented attitude always left me with concrete key takeaways and tasks that pushed me to experiment with the new leanings and develop new beliefs, behavours and habits. Karen is a great coach who knows how to "read between the lines" and by doing this she will challenge you to dig deeper and push you to untested areas where you will stretch yourself. It will be a rigorous process, but a rewarding one that will help you to become a better version of yourself.
Alenka Braček Lalić Vice-Dean for Research at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Postgraduate Studies
I found my coaching sessions with Karen absolutely invaluable during a time when I took on a new and challenging leadership role. Karen's support directly helped me to have as much impact as possible and to address issues so that I felt I was performing at my highest level. I liked Karen's engaging, honest and down to earth coaching style which helped me to see things differently and significantly improved my performance at work.
Gordon Craig Director of Fundraising/Fundraising Consultant
Being coached by Karen has been incredibly valuable. Before I met her, I didn't know what coaching involved and thought I was too busy to make time for it. How wrong I was! She has enabled me to look at things in a different way and has helped me deal with specific problems and approach them more positively and productively. She has helped me think about the bigger picture and get a better perspective. I now feel more confident about trying things out and I am not worried if things don't quite go to plan. Alison Gee, Digital video production, team leader
Karen is a highly skilled coach. I found her approach collaborative, engaging and thought provoking. Her former career means that she has an excellent understanding of the complexities of the leadership task in the modern world, which I greatly valued. I learned a lot about myself and really enjoyed our work together.
UK Charity CEO
Talking to Karen challenged me to look at things in a different way, and to see that I had more control over the situation than I realised. She made me realise that I had a right to be more assertive than I would naturally be, by nature. I found it difficult at times, but always felt more ‘empowered’ after a session and more confident.
Manager Student Support
Karen is analytical, challenging and compassionate in her coaching sessions. You always come away having become aware of something positive you need to think about and act on. She brings top level experience in crisis management in the broadcasting industry, so can approach a problem calmly and strategically. It’s always forensic and fun in equal measure.
Creative Director, TV Broadcast Production.
Karen posseses a rare combination of creativity and strategic vision. She was highly respected and trusted by managers, peers and staff – a rare achievement in any organisation - but particularly so in the matrixed and complicated environment at the BBC.
International Comms Director
Karen is like a laser beam – unwavering and precise. She interrogates everything thoroughly, makes a decision and then backs the people on her team, 100%.
Director, Independent UK Production Company
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