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Transcending business as usual

 
 
 
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Why flourishing matters

Confronting the ever-increasing challenges of our world and the complexities of business today requires extraordinary leadership.  To navigate and create the way forward leaders will be required to create more humane work environments, to support their people in developing capacity to embrace change, to build true resilience to keep going even in the face of setbacks.

True resilience is at the heart of our work. Recent scientific research confirms what many great leaders have always known instinctively. When people are engaged in meaningful work, valued for what they contribute, feel safe to speak out, connected to the company values, respected by colleagues, they bring the best of themselves to work, they flourish.  When people are flourishing, the enterprise prospers.

“We now live in a global economy characterized by rapid change, accelerating scientific breakthroughs and an unprecedented level of competitiveness. These developments create new demands of our psychological resources. Specifically they require a greater capacity for self-management, personal responsibility and self-direction”

“We now live in a global economy characterized by rapid change, accelerating scientific breakthroughs and an unprecedented level of competitiveness. These developments create new demands of our psychological resources. Specifically they require a greater capacity for self-management, personal responsibility and self-direction”

 
 

what we do

Human flourishing for business prosperity

The Flourish Initiative was founded by Karen Downes, entrepreneur, business advisor and expert in the area of personal and business transformation, with over three decades of experience.

Our programmes, business consulting, retreats and coaching are all designed to take individuals, organisations and their people from their current state to the desired state, fit for the future.

These bespoke and public programmes provide a rare opportunity for senior executives in the corporate, public and community sectors to define their purpose, re-examine their roles and responsibilities and formulate the new values and leadership behaviours that are necessary to shape the future of their organisation.

We draw upon the wisdom of our natural world, the most up-to-date scientific research and 30 years experience in the human potential movement and transformation.

 
 
 
 
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Upcoming programmes

 
 
 
 
 

"It has caused me to reflect on who I am as a leader and how my leadership impacts those who I lead in a positive way. It was truly life changing."

We work with businesses to deliver programmes that go beyond wellbeing to help employees flourish.

 
 
 
 
 
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Honouring the seasons

Just as in natures’ seasons, businesses move through cycles of growth and a slowing down. Our own human system operates in rhythms and cycles, which are essential for our wellbeing. All of us will experience each of the four seasons at different life stages and transitions, in the losses we face and the triumphs we celebrate, we call these ‘seasons of the soul’.  In our modern day lives, in the pursuit of personal happiness and business growth many have lost the capacity to honour all of the seasons; Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. All are necessary for our development and evolution.   

None of us will escape a winter of the soul, when our light is dimmed, a time when vitality has left us and joy is nowhere to be found. For some this may simply be a sense of existing without the feeling of being truly alive.  These can be times of loss – of a loved one, a job or a business failure.  It can also be a time of hibernation for renewal and reflection. Many look upon an internal Winter as the opposite of flourishing however just as in nature, it is essential for building our resilience. Unfortunately, most are not very well equipped to honour the winter - personally or in business, and holding out for the next Summer. We support business leaders to build more humane organisations with a wholistic approach that honours all seasons - to go through the loss of Autumn, the darkness of Winter and rise again for the fulfilment and joy of Spring and Summer.

Our work provides the resources, tools and practices enabling people to transition through the seasons of life with agency and dignity, acknowledging the seasons of the soul as they arrive and know that all four reside in our human nature as they do in Mother Nature, and are essential to flourish.

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Winter is a time of hibernation, it might be a pause or a season. Time out to recharge
— Karen Downes, Founder and CEO, The Flourish Initiative