I’m delighted to introduce my first Great Work (GW) collaborator, executive coach Karen Konrath. I asked Karen to partner with me to develop the Great Work by Design approach.

Coaching is an essential part of the GW process. Although it’s common for leaders to contact consultants when they want their organizations to change, it’s less common for those leaders to see that they, themselves, might also need to grow. New ways of working together many times require new leadership approaches.

And because leaders’ strengths and weaknesses are amplified through their positions of power and influence, an executive coach provides a sounding board, advocate and mirror to support change leaders.

Karen Konrath

Karen Konrath

With more than 20 years of business experience leading human resource teams in a range of industries, I’ve seen it all: mergers, acquisitions, downsizings, new executive leadership, changes in strategies, teams and people. And I have felt the effects as a leader myself. Leading a change initiative is challenging, even when it’s successful.

My leadership experience, my education in organization psychology and my coaching expertise have taught me that the most successful change leaders are those who navigate external change by revising their internal approaches to it. That is, they allow the change process to inform the ways they lead. They grow.

My role in Great Work is to support leaders, one-on-one. I provide the structure, but you drive your personal coaching experience.  You select what you want to work on, perhaps informed by feedback from colleagues, and I will help you move toward that goal.

I believe that when leaders are supported and self-reflective, they are better able to support and inspire others—and that’s crucial when leading a team through change.

Learn more about Karen Konrath.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, holds the credential of Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is a Certified Executive & Leadership Coach and a Certified Career Management Coach through The Academies, an accredited coach training provider. In addition, Karen is certified to administer the LEA 360 through Management Research Group – a 360 feedback tool.