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Carolyn Dean Executive Coach Australia

Carolyn Dean


Carolyn’s Qualifications

One of Australia’s pre-eminent coaches, Carolyn attained global certification at the highest coaching levels over 20 years with one of the world’s leading training and development companies. Carolyn has delivered in excess of 200,000 coaching hours to groups and individuals.

Coaching Experience and Organisations worked with

  • Carolyn has coached over 30,000 people in communication teamwork, leadership, project management and strategy development around the world over the past 40 years
  • Responsible for training hundreds of coaching programme leaders, coaches and sales people in Australia, USA, Japan, Europe, New Zealand and India
  • Current and past clients include BHP, Leighton Contractors (CIMIC), Santos, South 32, CSR Sugar, Queensland Rail, Yarra Valley Water, Visionstream Communications, John Holland Group, FB Rice, Ventia, SGFleet, Lonmin Platinum (South Africa), SRAM (US, Germany, Taiwan, China), and Odebrecht Engineering & Construction (Brazil)

Business Experience and Core Competencies

Carolyn has over 40 years’ experience in management, training and consulting and has worked with small, medium and large organisations across a broad range of industry sectors globally. Including senior management roles in media and training, she has run her own businesses. As a result of that experience, she has developed the following core competencies:

  • Quickly grasping the context and resulting challenges her clients are dealing with
  • Systemic thinking, looking from the eco-system that contributes to individual and organisational performance and rapidly identifying what will make the most difference to improve it
  • Partnering with organisational leaders to support them in fulfilling their vision by leading powerfully, confidently and effectively
  • Developing high performing executive leadership, project leadership and management teams in multiple contexts and diverse cultures
  • Creating deep levels of relationship and trust in a very short period of time which in turn creates an environment where people experience that it’s safe to communicate what is not being communicated and, where necessary, to rapidly resolve barriers to performance
  • Transferring skills that dramatically impact people’s experience and performance
  • Bringing together highly diverse groups and gaining alignment and action around extraordinary outcomes


Example of outcomes produced by Carolyn’s clients are:

  • Developing and empowering leadership and leadership teams to produce results well beyond BAU
  • Bringing clarity, focus and high performance to delivery of projects such as the Gorgon Civil and Underground Services Project, Western Australia, the CVL-3 Project on the Inpex Project in Darwin N.T. and the Cross River Rail Project in Brisbane
  • Taking corporate cultural intentions and ambitions from conceptualisation to reality
  • Reductions in employee turnover
  • Increases in productivity and financial performance
  • Decreases in inter-personal dysfunction


“Carolyn is professional, has high integrity and will transform any business she works with.”
Ricus Grimbeek, Asset Leader, Worsley Alumina, BHPBilliton

“Recognising the key to successful execution of strategy is organisational alignment, Carolyn introduced us to concepts that paved the way for a far greater level of organisational ownership and individual commitment to the strategy. Breakthroughs in performance and improvements in working relationships were made possible through her excellent coaching of senior management and her powerful insights on what gets in the way of individuals and teams achieving great outcomes – I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Carolyn and I learned a great deal from her.”
Pat McCafferty, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water

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