Working with Karen over the past few months has been life-changing for me. She’s an excellent listener, and an exceptional life-coach. Karen was able to bring my issues to the surface, articulate them for me clearly and concisely even when I am not entirely able to articulate them for myself. I’ll take what I’ve learned from her along with me throughout the remainder of my life’s journey. Thanks Karen!
Karen’s coaching was supremely effective in helping me clarify my goals and priorities. She has helped me envision a long-term plan for working towards work-family balance. I found coaching around a specific cluster of issues more effective than therapy.
Karen recently presented to our local PMI chapter on Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers. Her presentation was thoughtful and entertaining. She is skilled at engaging the audience, drawing out their experiences to illustrate the messages that she is delivering. We all took away some key insights and tips about how to enhance our emotional intelligence and be more effective as Project Managers!
Karen Davey-Winter is an absolute miracle worker in helping new office teams work together as one! Congress created a new federal government agency and the many tasks in establishing basic functionality for the office were formidable — especially with all new staff who had never worked together before. However, what was even more difficult was integrating this new office into a larger agency scheme, which had been steeped in a culture that doubted the need for this new office. Karen guided our new office through some critical team building steps, then helped us tackle the more difficult questions of our strategic vision and five-year road map. Through her astute guidance, we developed our first Strategic Plan and our Mission and Vision Statements. She finished her intervention strategy with some outstanding tips and practical guidance on the means to integrate ourselves into the larger agency. Feedback from the new team on Karen’s enthusiastic mentoring and leadership was universally positive. Karen is a primary reason we have progressed so rapidly, and why we are now recognized as welcomed professionals in the parent agency!
I had the great pleasure of having Karen on my senior management team when I was a Vice President at Kaiser Permanente. Karen is a skilled and experienced executive, and a superb leader. Karen ran the testing and quality assurance department for the KP-HealthConnect initiative, a successful $5 billion nationwide implementation of a full suite of healthcare applications including an electronic medical record. During this time, Karen displayed great skill in developing and growing her people, many of whom received promotions to positions of greater responsibility, including executive positions.
Karen’s Project Management Group Coaching Program helped me develop my effectiveness in leading a project and interaction with team members. It improved my skills as a Project Manager because it gave me insight of my management style and how to manage (persuade/ motivate/ engage) others by understanding the different personality types. I enjoyed the Project Management Group Coaching Program because it provided an opportunity to talk through current real work situations and apply the new tools/skills reviewed during these sessions. Being coached in a group setting had the benefit of hearing others project management challenges and the methods on how one can deal with them. The assignments from the Project Management Group Coaching Program helped me in between sessions because it allowed me to actually practice some of the techniques and provide feedback which I can then bring back to the next meeting.