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Want To Be a Better Leader Without Breaking the Bank?

Join our online community for just £29 and receive 20% off all community and open events for a period of 6 months. You will also receive a £29 voucher to use towards 121 coaching with Karen Carpenter or Kristina Rosenqvist during that same period.

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Why Join a Community?

Whatever the industry, leadership and business can be a very lonely place - particularly when it comes to making those bold decisions necessary to secure progress. In the absence of peer colleagues, finding the right people to confide in, bounce ideas off, and generally test the integrity of your thinking, is a risky business. Who can you really trust to maintain your confidence, ask the right questions, and give objective feedback without taking over or being overly biased? Yet without access to alternative perspectives, how sure can you really be that your thinking is properly aligned with your end goals? This is a dilemma shared, in particular, by many leaders of small businesses and also by many executives and middle managers.

A second dilemma commonly faced by leaders, regardless of industry, is the risk of silo thinking – arriving at decisions based only, or mainly, on thinking that is shaped by industry norms, without taking full account of alternative interpretations that might lead to more innovative conclusions. Developing strategies to broaden exposure to a wider range of perspectives can thus add great value to the thinking process.

Who We Spend Time With, Is Who We Become!

Where funding is available, many turn to coaching as a means to gain access to a confidential thinking partner. But not everyone has the budget for this - and not everyone needs, or even wants, this on a regular basis. Equally useful is to surround ourselves with other leaders, to grow our own networks of trusted contacts with whom we can share thoughtful conversations, on our own terms, about things that matter to us, in the moment – and, in turn, offer our own wisdom in response to their dilemmas. This is the intention behind each of the communities listed on this page – to bring people together from a range of different industries to think together, connect with each other, test ideas, hone our instincts, and ultimately, grow our leadership skills.

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NOTE. This is an exclusive community for leaders and entrepreneurs serious about personal growth. To protect the integrity of the community, prospective members must have attended at least one open event before submitting their application to join. Membership is for named individuals only and other terms and conditions apply.

If you prefer to attend on an ad-hoc basis, simply book on to any upcoming event and pay as you go. Visitors are always very welcome.

Network & Grow

Meet... Think... Grow

Hosted by Karen Carpenter, Network & Grow is an exclusive online community bringing together leaders from a wide range of industries to think together, share business perspectives, & generate opportunities for personal and commercial growth. Blending professional development with elements of networking and group coaching, each event will have dedicated time for introductions followed by an interactive presentation using examples from history and the world around us to stimulate thinking on aspects of leadership and business in a modern world. If you are a leader or small business owner wanting to broaden your network and looking for a different approach to leadership development, get in touch - we’d love to hear from you!

4th Tuesday of each month: 12.45 - 2.30pm

£25 per person per event.

20% discount for members of KCE Community.

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Coach Chat 2024!

Leading with confidence in a complex world.

With more than half the world's population heading to the polls this year, 2024 seems set to bring even more uncertainty to businesses, large and small, across the globe. Whether we consider ourselves industry leaders, leaders of people, or solely leaders of own destiny, staying focused on what matters most, when all around is changing faster than we can keep up, and market trends are shifting whilst we sleep, is a challenge we all share. Hosted by Karen Carpenter and Kristina Rosenqvist, 'Leading with confidence in a complex world' is an opportunity to reflect with other leaders on the changing shape of the world around us, to think about the impact of global forces on local business, and consider the strategies that might help us perform at our best in what seems an increasingly volatile environment.

Alternate Tuesday evenings, 7.30 - 8.45 pm

Series of five stand alone modules, starting Tuesday 20 February 2024

£95 for all five modules paid in advance or £25 per module pay as you go. 20% discount for members of KCE Community.

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Accidental Leader Programme

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Under development

Check back for details or, to register interest, please contact me for more information.

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Karen provides an interesting backdrop to her coaching style which stimulates reflection and interaction applying to modern day business practices. 

Laura Thorogood, Carers’ Centre Manager
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I have participated in a number of group coaching talks which Karen presented and have found them to be insightful, thought provoking and relevant to the challenges and issues that I have had to tackle as a leader and manager within the health sector. Karen's approach entails drawing of aspects of history that have parallels to the present day and the use analogy that simplifies issues that would otherwise be complex in nature. I would highly recommend attending any of Karen's coaching presentation as an introduction to her unique style of coaching and gaining insight from her vast business and clinical experience.

Ignatius Chikambi, Hospital Director
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Level of audience participation was spot on for the time available and topic. I enjoy the way the information and questions you set gets you looking at different aspects of business. In particular, how the stage people are at in their business journeys effects their thoughts on the subject. Would definitely recommend.

Natalie Vale, NV Equine

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