Karin Sugar

Karin Sugar

Consultant/Facilitator/Coach, Canterbury

In the 20+ years since graduating with a Psychology degree, Karin has gained experience in large international corporations (8+ years at Cisco Systems), been a conference speaker at local, national and international conferences in New Zealand, Australia and the US, served on the board of the IIBA NZ chapter for over five years, and created and taught a tertiary degree course in Business Analysis.

Karin spent the first part of her career experiencing first-hand being a Project Manager, a Programme Manager and a Business Analyst and then moved into the consulting space, becoming a trusted adviser within small, medium and large organisations across a wide variety of industries.

In 2018 Karin became a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. She now uses this research-based methodology to support her clients through transformational change – on an individual, team and organisational level.

Karin’s top CliftonStrengths themes are:

  • Positivity
  • Connectedness
  • Arranger
  • Strategic
  • Woo
  • Includer
  • Maximiser

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Bachelor of Arts Hons (Psychology)
  • Prince 2 Practitioner (Project Management)
  • Gallup Certified Strengths Coach

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I really enjoyed Alison's coaching style - warm and connected but still challenging and accountability-driven. I have implemented tools and ideas discussed based on my profile tests. I have some techniques I can now utilise quickly and effectively when in workplace situations that might produce a strong emotional response, so that I can self-regulate at speed and communicate effectively.

Karin is a really fantastic coach. I really enjoyed her toolkit and ideas for moving me forward. She was able to challenge my thinking and it was good to get a second opinion on things. Loved the Strengths conversation and to have that lens in place to practically move forward in my leadership journey.

It went really well. I appreciated the empathy given. I really, really enjoyed Kathryn being able to read me so well, it was awesome to have that feedback about myself. I now do not have to go back and have a second discussion in order to rectify what I have agreed to that I didn't actually want to agree to in the first place!


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