Apologies for the jargon sounding name here but put simply a Thought Partner is someone who helps you with your thinking. It is a role to support individual or teams in thinking through challenges, new ideas, strategies or plans. They don’t manage the process like a facilitator would, and they are a much more active contributor than a coach is. A good Thought Partner ensures the quality of the conversation and most importantly the thinking and outcome of a discussion is better, richer and more creative than it would be without their input.
Karen Lynas operates as a senior and sought-after Thought Partner. Working on a one-to-one basis, with teams, boards or organisations, Karen provides a unique perspective to help challenge your thinking, review assumptions, actions and limiting beliefs, to secure a more impactful outcome.
This intervention, adapted from a definition shared by Rania Anderson in Forbes, offers the following benefits:
- Challenges your thinking.
- Causes you to modify or change your paradigms, assumptions or actions
- Provides knowledge and expertise and a different perspective that provokes you to innovate or otherwise leads to value creation in your business, career or life.
As an accomplished facilitator of both small and large groups where there are difficult issues to face Karen offers challenge and questioning so that fundamental problems are addressed and resolved. Karen is experienced in providing this intervention to senior leaders, Boards and senior teams helping them to think creatively about seemingly intransigent problems, guiding them through a process of exploration, understanding and the development of practical and workable solutions.
She is a proven strategic thinker with a track record of significant input and contribution at local, regional and national levels. She will be able to support your work around OD, LD, talent management and broader leadership development strategy. If you are interested in working this way, please do get in touch.
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I had the absolute pleasure of working with Karen at the Yorkshire and Humber Nightingale. As some of you will be aware setting up the Nightingale facilities has to be achieved in an unprecedented context under intense scrutiny and at a pretty relentless pace . Karen provided the leadership for a number of the workforce priorities including creating the induction , education and training capable of supporting hundreds of staff with innovative rapid deployment. Whilst Karen’s technical expertise and skills were impressive she brought much more to the team. I really enjoyed my experience of meeting and working with Karen and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to colleagues . I hope our paths cross again.
Chief Executive Officer
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust