Former Aberdeen charity boss launches new business venture

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A north-east entrepreneur has re-invented herself after leaving behind a successful career in the corporate world to launch a new venture that will support fellow professionals achieve their full potential.

Karen Arthur – The Coach specialises in positive mind coaching, business mentoring and leadership development services for companies and individuals across the UK and internationally.

Founder and managing director, Karen Arthur, is the former chief executive of Aberdeen-based charity Inspire PTL, where she led a team of more than 500 people for seven years.

She commented: “The inspiration behind the new business came after my time at Inspire where I introduced and led organisational coaching as a key strategic directional tool and witnessed the impact coaching can have on a business and individuals.”

Following a particularly challenging period at Inspire, Karen was signed off work for five months due to stress and ill health; a common problem affecting people in senior leadership roles.

“I was burnt out,” she explained. “I had to take a step back and re-evaluate what was important in my life. I’m sure other business people who have worked at a high level, and who understand the various pressures involved, will be able to relate as they may have gone through a similar experience.

“It can be difficult to stop what you’re doing and ask for help. For me, it came to a point where I had to take back control. I feel that I have now learnt a great deal from the experience which has informed and supported my coaching practices.”

Karen has a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership from the Robert Gordon University (RGU) in addition to a PgCert in Coaching from the University of Aberdeen. She is the only Sue Stone Foundation accredited coach in Scotland, having received this endorsement from best-selling author, television personality and renowned international coach Sue Stone. Karen completed an intensive, one-on-one training course – organised by the Sue Stone Foundation.

The new business coaching enterprise sees Karen work closely with small to medium-sized companies and directors to provide leadership development, business process improvements, goal setting and strategic training for key personnel.

Within its first few months of trading, Karen has secured a number of SME clients in the north-east and central belt in predominantly people-focused organisations, across multiple industries and the third sector. She has also delivered coaching sessions for international clients via Skype.

Incorporating the Sue Stone model, coaching sessions can vary from a one-off structured session to a course of three or six instalments, all of which are tailored to suit people’s lifestyles, where individuals are empowered to make positive – and lasting – changes in their lives.

Karen added: “The coaching is aimed at both men and women, anyone from students to experienced business people – who want to be the best version of themselves.

“Many people turn to coaching because they face a new challenge at work; be that a new role, promotion to lead a team, if they are working towards a promotion, or they may even be considering a whole new direction in life. That’s where I come in as the coach and offer people the support they need to achieve their goals.”

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