Supervision accelerates the learning and development of a coach, while acknowledging them compassionately as an individual. It includes review of structure and ethics.”
Karen is an author, Master Certified Coach and qualified coach supervisor, the practice of which is central to her impact on the coaching profession. She has the courage to provoke sustainable change and the intellect to increase understanding in her professional conversations. She blends this with the sensitivity to support as appropriate. As a coach supervisor Karen specialises in developing coaches, one to one, who are in complex client contexts. In person she brings clarity, courage and compassion.
Karen has a 30 year track record of delivering well over 15,000 hours of 1:1 and Team Coaching time across 22 sectors, worldwide.
“I work collegially with my supervisees, offering a safe and respectful space. We explore what happened when a session did not go as expected; or when stakeholders needed to be accounted for; or when the client surprisingly triggers the coach; or there is an ethical dilemma. These are all examples of areas where regular supervision can enhance the professional presence and impact of the coach.”
“The value of generosity connects deeply in my work as a supervisor. I want to be generous, without judgement. I offer knowledge and insights, when appropriate, in the service of my supervisee’s awareness. I am flexible in finding ways to work together. I acknowledge purposefully and freely, in support of the supervisee as a coach and whole person.”
“I am curious and patient with others. I cherish considerate, timely, spacious overtures. I want shared experiences which are lacking in pretence. Experiences of warmth, which are emotionally abundant, deep and rich. I want stimulating exchanges for learning, challenging and searching, revealing understanding for mutual growth.”
“I am allowing and relaxed during supervision even when the coach is judging and tense. I am striving for a positive parallel with my client which is relevant and worthwhile.”
“As a supervisor I pay attention to opportunities for the supervisees to acknowledge their own talents, achievements and gifts. I know that without acknowledgement people do not move forward. They hold firmly to their wounds and resentments which keep them stuck. My role is to demonstrate noticing.”
“I welcome the possibility of working with you. Please be in touch. We can then test and determine how we might deliver best possible value for you and your coaching practice.”
Karen is the originator of the online intelligent framework, me:my™coach. This is an exciting, innovative, digital addition to the continuing professional development of coaches. me:my™coach is provoking powerful insights and enabling coaches to monitor their own best practice with regular structured reflection which measures and tracks their progress. It is also an excellent way of preparing mindfully for a supervision conversation. The framework maps to the new ICF core coach competencies and the EMCC competences.
Karen is the co-author of “Coaching Stories: Flowing and Falling of Being a Coach” with Sam Humphrey. This book published by Routledge speaks to the coach, in times of good work and when poor or even shameful practice occurred. It is a courageous, generous offering to share authentically, normalising what it’s really like being a coach.
As the founder of me:my™supervisor Karen is passionate about bringing together a group of high quality supervisors to support coaches, Internationally.
Prior to her coaching career Karen had ten years experience with Marks and Spencer plc in Corporate Marketing and Commercial Management. Karen began her working life in Haematology and Blood Transfusion at St Thomas’ Hospital, London as a Fellow of The Institute of Medical Laboratory Science.
Accountancy, Banking, Building and Construction, Charity, Consultancy Services, Education, Engineering, Financial Regulation, FMCG, Food Manufacturing, Government Departments, Heavy Manufacturing, Law, Leisure and Hospitality, Media, NGO and Advocacy, Pensions, Retailing, SME, Technology Services, Telecommunications, Travel
Education & Qualifications
Master Certified Coach (ICF)
Certificate in Coaching Skills.
Qualified Coach Supervisor and Coach Mentor.
NLP Master Practitioner.
NLP Health Certification Training.
Transactional Analysis 101 and Level One.
City & Guilds Joint Award in Image Consultancy.
Fellow of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Science in Haematology.
Winner jointly of Best Feature Article at the Coaching at Work Magazine Awards 2016
Shortlisted Best Feature Article 2017
A testimonial for Karen's Coaching Work:
As Executive Coach to a Cruise Fleet . Officers and 750 individuals over eight years:
“you have helped our people develop self awareness of how their behaviour and personal beliefs can have a positive impact on the company, our customers and their colleagues. You have made a clear cut impression on our Company, you are respected by our staff at all levels, at sea and ashore and you have had a significant impact on their professional and personal lives. I have greatly valued your help and support in meeting our objectives. You have helped change the culture of our organization”.
Director Hotel Services and Entertainment
Culture change using a coaching approach
As Executive Coach to a Cruise Fleet . Working one-to-one with Officers and 750 members of the ship’s company, over eight years: “you have helped our people develop self awareness of how their behaviour and personal beliefs can have a positive impact on the company, our customers and their colleagues. You have made a clear cut impression on our Company, you are respected by our staff at all levels, at sea and ashore and you have had a significant impact on their professional and personal lives. I have greatly valued your help and support in meeting our objectives. You have helped change the culture of our organization”.
Director Hotel Services and Entertainment
skype: Skype: karen.dean702