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"Strategy without operations is a daydream. 

Operations without strategy is a nightmare.

Either without talent development and a vibrant culture is unsustainable. 

All without a compassionate and furious awareness of Self is meaningless."


- Katharine McLennan

On the eve of the Opening Ceremony, Sydney 2000 Olympics, after her four years directing the operational planning for the Games


Katharine understands intimately the challenges of the CEO and their Team -- having provided advice and implementation plans from both inside (CBA, QBE, Cochlear) as a senior executive and from outside as a CEO advisor. 

  • Across strategic, operational, culture and talent functions.

  • Across organisations of all types: Top 10-ASX Listed , Startups, Non-Profits, Private Equity-Owned, Government -- and the Sydney 2000 Olympics

  • For 32 years


Katharine continues to advise CEOs and their teams on all aspects of Integrated Leadership:

  1. Long-term strategic and short-term tactical planning -a well-known "strategy sparring partner and facilitator" for both the individual leader and their team workshop

  2. Olympic-level-detail in how to execute these plans and creating clear accountability lines 

  3. Accelerated talent development --systemically and individually- well regarded in the Australian market for her CEO succession work and her instincutal assessment capabilities

    • Regarded  in the Australian market as a thought leader in the art of developing leaders, having spoken and written on the subject for over twenty years

    • Respected for ​her work in ASX CEO succession projects, reporting to Boards on the identification and assessment of CEOs over the long term

    • Honoured for the legacy of the leadership, culture and talent practices she left in the organisations in which she worked as a senior executive (e.g. CBA, QBE, and Cochlear)

  4. Viable culture evolution - through detailed qualitative analysis of what is working and what is not -- and the collaborative remodelling the culture that delivers the strategy and keeps talent at the organisation, continuing to engage and expand their capabilities

  5. Tailored executive search -- specialising in the emerging "Chief People Officer" -- a role very different from the traditional CHRO -- advising CEOs of what and who they need now in the post-Information Age

  6. Virtuoso leadership development for individual C-suite members, uniquely being able to coach across  strategic thinking, execution planning, culture and team development and the sharpening of individual presence and focus

  7. Personal life counselling as an integrated part of her coaching, professionally from 13 years of accredited practice (Psychology and Counselling Federation of Australia)

    • There is no such thing as a separation between work and home. Katharine knows this from her years inside organisations as Chief People Officer as well as her own life experience

    • Katharine counsels CEOs on all aspects of their life inside and outside of work and determines practical remedies addressing some of the most common (but hidden) emotional and mental blockages, including SS

      • Stress -- including the pervasive insomnia

      • Depression and anxiety

      • Addictions

      • Relationship issues

      • Impostor syndrome 

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