Resilient Communities

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

A paradigm shift is needed from ‘team’,  that suggests only the best are chosen and competition is key, to ‘community’ where shared values and collaboration are the foundations upon which people flourish.

Community resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of leaders to utilize the available resources and collective intelligence of the organisation in order to respond, withstand, and recover from adverse situations and setbacks.  This begins at the individual level through to leadership.


Why are people disengaged and disheartened? 

Change fatigue

Presenteeism: people are showing up for work but not able to be fully productive and present, feeling emotionally drained, mentally distracted and physically depleted.


Job insecurity: people less likely to take risk due to fear of retribution and failure, operating in an environment of threat and fear.

Always on culture

Technology: People dedicated to the job, feeling responsible with leaders expecting immediate answers, driving always on culture.


Feelings of incompetency: Skill is no longer enough to match the increasing demands and challenges.People trying to do more with less and no bandwith left.

Community versus Team

Building Resilient Business Communities

"Critical thinking, innovation and creativity and continuous new ideas are only possible in an enviroment that fosters co-operation and collaboration"
- Karen Downes
The Flourish Initiative

Human flourishing & business prosperity

Identifying barrriers and constraints

Build leadership capacity across the organisation and embed a culture of personal accountability and individual initiative to increase employee wellbeing and elevate performance.

People feeling valued

Develop leadership qualities and strengths, an understanding of their overuse and embodying the behaviours across the business that are the necessary match for the expressed values of the organisation

Clear Purpose

Create value-based business communities using a strength based approach to set and meet goals, develop positive relationships and to find meaning and engagement in their daily working and personal lives.

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.”