Karin Ovari

Meet Karin

actually, you’re the one at the helm

And I’m Karin Ovari, someone who celebrates what life has to offer, takes calculated risks, generates ideas and has always been a pioneer: in my coaching, in the breadth of industries I have been lucky enough to work in and in my general outlook on life.

I have the skills and knowledge to ensure that your experience at this helm is the best you can make it.

the value of coaching

It’s 1989 during the Sydney to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race and I am straddling water in the second most shark-infested waters off the coast of Australia, watching my yacht sail off without me.

All I observe, in slow motion, is a life-ring being thrown; followed by a well-oiled team who knew exactly what to do, due to the expert coaching, strong leadership and practice that went on long before this crisis.  Cooperation is king as they move into the well-rehearsed man overboard search and rescue routine.  Clearly, I survived to tell the tale.

Every high-performance team enjoys a coach who can bring the best out of them in high-pressure situations.  I saw this first-hand.

a life of transition, teamwork and leadership

I have 30 years’ experience as a leader myself, in both large and small organisations and across a multitude of disciplines; from co-leading expeditions in Antarctica, working offshore on oil rigs, training in the corporate IT world and, even, once upon a time – nursing.  And, having lived on 5 continents including Australia (origins), Hong Kong (in the heydays), South America (on a yacht), South Africa (personal growth) and now the Highlands of Scotland (new beginnings), I come to you with a broad and deep understanding of people, behaviours and communication styles.


so what?

All of this simply means that, yes, I have walked in your managerial shoes and experienced the pain of transitioning many times. And not always in a good way.  I have often been promoted into management for having strong technical and service abilities; found myself flying around the world on planes and helicopters, on and off oil rigs as a Safety Leadership Coach in a highly hazardous industry; and as Chief Mate of a yacht in Terra del Fuego, had experiences involving teamwork, communication and leadership that left me changed forever.

On the flip side, I also understand what it means to actually make a difference in your organisation by implementing successful systems and processes, winning that special client, developing a highly successful team, transforming that awkward conversation, enjoying that meeting with your boss when your ideas were taken seriously and even employing the right person for a job. Or, when someone in their exit interview states, you are the best boss I ever had! Wow!  These are some of my best memories.

leadership through cooperation

In order to succeed in any transitional situation, you need a support network.  A skilled and experienced coach and mentor who knows first-hand that cooperation is the key to your success.  In the high density of challenging situations I have found myself in, having transformational conversations – not just conversations, understanding your personal compass and demonstrating emotional intelligence are strategies that truly successful leaders employ all the time.  I can help you achieve that.  My coaching studies have helped bring theory and tools to a life-time of practice.


what does being at the helm mean to you?

And now, over to you.  What does success look like to you?  What are your aspirations? What are you looking to get out of your current position or promotion?  Which transformational conversations do you need to have in order to move forward?

If you’re interested in finding out more about my coaching style and strategy, life experience and what I can do for you; please connect with me.  I look forward to hearing from you.