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Cara McCarthy

Executive and Team Coach

Cara draws on over 20 years industry experience as an executive coach, systemic team developer, and organisation development practitioner leveraging the principles of Relationship Systems Intelligence through powerful tools to inspire, equip and lead positive change in leaders, teams, and organisations.

Cara works collaboratively and honestly with clients to form a partnership whereby it is possible to do their best thinking. In a supportive yet challenging thinking environment, clients feel safe to reflect on their impact and to consider how their own mental models, assumptions and values may be driving both success-enabling and success-disabling behaviours. She works to consider how well-aligned these drivers are to their personal and leadership goals, expand their thinking on what is possible, and gain clarity on the actions they wish to take to lead themselves, their teams and organisations more effectively.

She regularly works with leaders who are navigating professional and personal transition and are ready to take accountability for their ongoing development and growth and to step into their full leadership potential. Clients describe her style as calming, honest and thought-provoking, connecting the dots and challenging clients to dive beneath the surface to gain new perspectives, and find the clarity and courage to act.

As a team development coach, she helps teams become strong, healthy and cohesive units that understand how to work together to deliver outstanding and long-lasting outcomes. Cara is highly attuned to the small yet critical interventions that can make a big difference to business results by putting the power of people, purpose, and culture at the heart of change. She firmly believes in aligning business strategy with a compelling purpose and a cohesive culture so the systems function intelligently and teams can respond creatively to an ever-changing environment.

Prior to her career as an independent OD specialist and coach, Cara previously led the OD, Culture, Learning and Talent function for M&G Investments, a leading international Asset Management firm.

Cara majored in Economics and Finance during her first degree and holds an MSc in People & Organisation Development plus a Post Graduate degree in Economics. She gained her Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching with the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) and has trained as an Organisation Relationship Systems Coach (ORSC) with CRR Global. She is a Virtual Facilitator and a qualified practitioner in various psychometric and insight tools.