Carol MacKinnon, PCC

  • An inspiring and innovative educator of leaders modeling and managing change at every level
  • An executive coach working with individuals and leadership teams to establish, meet and learn from personal and organizational goals
  • A facilitator and trainer of leading edge group and community processes to co-create futures and work from common ground
  • An award-winning Human Resources consultant serving clients in virtually every sector, focusing on large scale cultural and structural change

Carol MacKinnon, MA, PCC is an Associate of The Coaching Project, Inc. where she delivers innovative Leader Coach® training and individual, team and organization systems coaching.

Carol’s coaching practice is focused on supporting leaders eager to increase their personal and organizational effectiveness, starting “from the inside out”. In coaching teams, she often works concurrently at the individual and collective level, facilitating processes of learning, group goal setting, measurement and creating coaching cultures. Carol is a certified coach from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. She has also earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation.

Clients seek out Carol’s inspiring facilitation style to deliver coaching training and cultural change consulting programs, particularly in the contexts of mergers, divestitures or large scale organizational change. She has established a particular expertise in the creation and implementation of leadership competency models and development strategies to support these change initiatives.

Focusing on supporting clients seeking to ensure people strategies align with business goals, Carol has been a consultant, a leader, innovator and teacher in the Compensation, Performance Management and HR strategy field for more than 30 years. In 1998 she was recognized by the Human Resources Management Association with the Award of Merit for her contribution to her clients, her colleagues and her profession.

Carol teaches in Simon Fraser University’s Certificate in Professional Coaching, and had for many years taught in Athabasca University’s MBA Program in leadership, culture change, coaching and high performance. She won the first President’s Award for Tutoring/ Mentoring Excellence in 2002.

Some recent clients include: The Salvation Army, National Recycling Organization, Canuck Place, RWDI, and several community-based transformation and sustainability projects on Bowen Island, BC. With Susan Wright, she co-authored Leadership Alchemy: The Magic of the Leader Coach.

Latest News

  • The Coaching Project is Transitioning

    After a long absence, I am writing with the purpose of providing some context for the changes in me and the world around me that have led to this gap. The Coaching Project has transitioned to new interests and priorities over the past couple of years, reflecting my own transitions in life.

    Just as TCP was a pioneer in the field of Leaders Coaching Leaders, we are setting out again to explore the role of leadership and coaching in the

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  • A New Beginning

    In our coaching and training we have consistently used our three-stage process as shown in the model below. Each stage answers a question: What’s So? So What? What’s Next? I have used these questions to reflect on my recent experience and to give a sense of completion to this chapter in The Coaching Project’s history.

    What’s So?

    I often say retirement is harder than it looks. I have been working on it for half a dozen years. I began

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  • The Importance of Coach Education

    I recently interviewed Arden Henley, Principal of Canadian Programs at City University, about CityU’s decision to partner with The Coaching Project on coach education. His insights mirror and expand on the results of the ICF study.

    Why does CityU see a coaching program as an important addition to its roster of programs?

    We see our role as building leadership capacity in the community. Coaching plays an increasingly important role in leadership and we want to respond to that need.

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