Change the system

Transcending business as usual

The challenges of a rapidly changing business environment The VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world is taking its toll on organisations, leaders and their people, teams and individuals facing relentless change.

No amount of NGOs, charitable organisations or social impact projects will be sufficient to change the prevailing conditions.  It is the corporates who have the greatest influence on the political institutions, our societies and personal lives.

"Life gives you time and space, it’s up to you how you fill it. Life gives you energy and initiative it’s up to you how you use it."
- Karen Downes
The Offer

My Approach


Self-Leadership: Building a base of personal wellbeing is the critical foundation for leading others and role modelling the required practices. Understanding and applying the science of wellbeing to ones’ personal and professional life will be essential.


Leading others: Leadership from a place of purpose, exhibiting the qualities and character strengths you wish to encourage in the ones’ you lead, acquiring the skill to open hearts and minds and to


Shaping the future: To shift mind-sets, beliefs, values and behaviours across the business, future leaders will need to recognise patterns of change in the system, to feel a shift or deficit in the energy of the people and sense the opportunity to intervene, and redirect. To create new systems and structures that serve the whole.

Sally-Ann Gomes
Chief Operating Officer, The Energy Project UK

Karen is an exceptional facilitator and speaker. Her work at TheEnergy Project has ranged from facilitating c-suite groups, largemanagement teams and giving inspiring key notes to senioraudiences. She always radiates confidence and enthusiasm. Karen is an exceptional facilitator and speaker.

Sue Liderth
Head of IT TCCA & MENA The Coca-Cola Company

“I attended The Flourish Initiative’s ‘Leading with Grace and Resilience’ programme and was fortunate enough to enjoy 6 months personal coaching from Karen directly. Having attended a large number of personal development and coaching sessions during my 20+ years in the corporate world, I can honestly say that Karen’s approach is the most unique and impactful that I have experienced. I would highly recommend Karen as a guide to developing yourself and/ or others as authentic, intuitive compassionate leaders with a relevance in the modern world”

Ian Kane
Ian Kane ex Talisman Energy

“I highly recommend Karen as an executive coach. She understands the challenges a leader faces and how to work with the individual to achieve the business objectives. Karen is very professional, practical and motivating in her approach and will go the extra miles to help her clients”

Kate O’Connor
Kate O’Connor - Leadership Development Consultant Virgin Atlantic

“Karen and the team at the Flourish Initiative supported us through a transformational development programme at Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays, that really touched both hearts and minds. Their passion, commitment and desire to make the world a better place really shows in the work that they do, and despite 49 programmes and 1600 participants, their energy and spirit to make a difference never faltered!”

Mark McClennon
Mark McClennon Global CIO Burberry

“I have worked with Karen for several years now, in different businesses and she has played many roles – from personal coach to a global scale driver of behavioural change. I have never met a person who connects so rapidly and deeply to a person or a group as Karen. She is a wonderful and insightful individual who has the skill, sensitivity and authenticity to challenge you to be at your best in a way that is highly effective. Every team I’ve led in the last 5 years has loved having Karen on the journey with them and she is someone I’ll always turn to for help, leadership and energy.”