Crescendo Consulting is a European company based in Malmö, Sweden and London, UK
Karen Johansson is the founder and owner of Crescendo Consulting. She started the business in 2005 following 14 years of leadership and change experience; both as an external consultant and an internal Director.
Along with a broad team of experienced associates, Crescendo has delivered a large portfolio of solutions to many large global and national companies.
When asking clients to consider Crescendo characteristics, they detail:
Karen has a passion for inspiring others to achieve their true potential and understand their contribution to the organisational goals. She is an acclaimed coach and organisational development specialist, having the ability to connect with audiences from
teams of FTSE 100 companies through to team members.
Recognised as a very experienced practitioner in her field, Karen brings a unique blend of approaches, skills, tools and techniques gained through her career that includes:
Karen is a qualified coach gaining double merit on the Advanced Coaching diploma with AoEC.
Personal growth and learning are core values for Karen. Prior to focusing on the people side of change, Karen qualified as a prize winning chartered accountant. Her passion and interest in business give her a commercial edge.
Karen commits to her own personal development on an annual basis. Her accreditations include; MBTI step 1 and 2, Firo Element B, Hays leadership tools, JCA Emotional Intelligence for individuals and teams, NLP Practitioner and Business Practitioner.
Clients describe Karen as enigmatic and energetic. She creates a safe environment where people feel comfortable to push their own boundaries and belief systems that may have previously been holding them back. Karen's facilitation style is warm and approachable and encourages maximum participation, whilst she is also challenging clients to change mindsets and think in new ways. Karen's approach to leadership development is to inspire and motivate the individual to create and own their personal development, aligned with driving the organizational goals of the business. Action learning, leadership agility and emotional intelligence are integral to her work. Karen has experience of design and delivery of a range of innovative leadership programmes with clients that include media, retail, financial services, energy.
Karen ran an executive coaching programme for members of the leadership of a transformation programme I worked in at BP. I was one of her clients, and was in one of the toughest programme assignments of my career, with unclear sponsorhip, changing targets and some very difficult interpersonal relationships to manage. Karen helped me find ways to drive much greater progress out of the programme. She was great at finding a balance between personal respect and some very tough coaching messages. She provided great insight, was a pleasure to work with, and I would not heisitate to work with her again.
Karen is a coach on the award winning Career Strategies Programme (CSP) for one of the world's largest legal practices; Norton Rose Fulbright. This programme is designed to support female talent in the organisation and encourage women to pursue partnership. Karen has coached 16 women across Europe, and currently has 4 clients.
I benefited a lot from the coaching sessions with you! I found the sessions challenging, inspiring and enriching. After the session I had a clear picture of my options and next steps. I've taken some simple actions and can feel there is a difference. You helped me a lot.
I've know Karen for 10 years, we first worked together at Si Group. More recently I've been lucky enough to have Karen work with me on some of my clients. She is very personable, easy to get on with and is full of integrity, she is also brilliant at her job. I have recommended Karen a number of times and I will continue to do so.
The Crescendo team have a broad offering in this area. Previous assignments have included:
Karen is one of the most inspirational people I have met and remains to this day a key influence in my career. She has always been a great source of guidance and encouragement on a professional but also a personal level showing me what was possible with self-belief. Her advice continues to serve me well today.
Crescendo has experience of designing a vast spectrum of leadership dev. Solutions for various clients. We work with you to design, develop and deliver the entire programme of to deliver a specific segment of work with other partners. We have experience of:
We engaged Karen to help plan and facilitate two strategy awaydays for our management team and senior underwriters and claims handlers. Karen was a joy to work with - she has great ideas and infectious enthusiasm. We shaped the agenda, the content and the messages but, in order to be successful, such events need to flow and engage the delegates and this was where Karen's skills were invaluable. We had superb feedback from the delegates at both events, many singling out Karen for the way she linked the topics together, reinforced the messages and maintained the level of engagement and enthusiasm in the room. Crucially this resulted in an abundance of actionable output which we expect to have real business value. I would certainly use Karen's services again and would highly recommend Crescendo.
Karen facilitated the coaching programme at Deloitte. Working with her was an intensely engaging experience. She succeeded in taking our coaching group, consisting of people who normally check their iPhones every 5 minutes, out of the daily business responsibilities and into the world of coaching. Through her splendid simulations of coaching discussions and her deep insight in communication dynamics, she brought me what no text book could bring me: an ‘aha-feeling’ of what coaching is about. Karen has definitely impacted and improved my coaching skills.
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Thank you for your efforts in putting together and facilitating the best conference we have ever had the privilege of being part of.
Thank you for your contribution to the Aon Law Division. It was one of the highlights of the entire conference. It was an entertaining team-building exercise…in a fun atmosphere
Crescendo can work with you to design and facilitate an engaging business conference. We have experience of managing this for a variety of clients. In several cases this has been a 2 day away day with team building activities also included.
We also deliver keynote sessions aligned to your conference theme. Previous keynotes include:
Karen Johansson is a rare find in a professional - rare in that she is an absolute professional who has incredible insight, intelligence, understanding and empathy. Her style is warm and involving, inquisitive and challenging and the output achieved I find logical, intuitive, caring and constructive.
Karen led the learning and development element of an innovative talent management project. The mixed experience team included senior managers through to graduates. She designed the approach, delivered the development activities and coached members of the team. Her expertise, energy and creative approach made the project a real success. The team development was excellent and the results were evident. The team thoroughly enjoyed working with Karen and feedback on her aspects of the project was outstanding. She is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her.
Crescendo has its own coaching model, that Karen developed through drawing on her previous experience and her own development and studies into the world of coaching. Scroll through for more details.
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Karen has delivered coaching programmes and Leadership development in a number of companies across various industries. Some are listed below. Testimonials and references available on request and through Karen Johansson LinkedIn page.