After a significant career as International HR Executive, Mark Karelse embarked on his journey to launch Adapt2Grow, a consultancy practice with passion for the People side of Change. Mark is advising leaders, teams and HR on realizing organizational change. The focus of his contribution is on leadership development and behavioural change as critical success factors for transformation. He works in partnership with his clients to develop and implement business specific leadership strategies and guides HR functions in translating those strategies into tangible talent management processes and programs. In his coaching practice he supports senior managers and high potentials in their journey towards personal change and development. His coaching assignments are, amongst other topics, related to career development, on-boarding and transitioning into a new job and/or team, leading a dysfunctional team, and influencing senior stakeholders in complex organizations or leading complex transformation processes. Mark is enjoying a long-standing relationship with De Vroedt & Thierry and is one of our affiliates.
Combining the best out of two worlds
Mark holds several International HR Leadership positions and lead Centres of Expertise in the domain of Organizational and People Development. He has worked for multinationals and family-owned companies in The Netherlands, USA, Belgium and France. During his career he has gained in depth experiences in leading organization change programs, development and facilitation of leadership development programs and coaching of executive leaders and high potentials. His hands-on HR background is definitely an added value he can leverage in his consultancy and coaching practice. Mark’s methodological approach of working is based on behavioural science and the most current management concepts. He completed multiple professional coaching education- and training programs and is a certified ICF Coach. As member of the Board of ICF Netherlands (International Coaching Federation) and member of the Dutch Foundation of Management Development, he is actively involved in further innovations in the field of leadership and organization development.
The heart of change is the ability to change the behaviour of people. Leaders have a critical role in this process: by inspiring, by leading by example, by creating the right organizational context, by removing barriers, by encouraging and enabling and so much more. Based on this belief Mark is advising organizations, leaders and HR on development of leadership and talent with the focus on delivering top performance today and sustainable success in the future. Each change process starts with the willingness and ability of the change manager to look into the mirror and change him or herself. As a coach Mark is encouraging and challenging his clients to reflect on one’s own behaviour and to explore new ways of working and interacting with others. It is his passion to make organizations and leaders aware of their own potential and personal power to change. All if this is rooted in his belief that personal development of leaders is the heart of inspirational change management.
Mark’s clients are mentioning the following attributes of his consultancy and coaching approach: his client relationship is based on mutual trust, his genuine interest in content and the client as individual, alternating reflection with concrete action and being a credible challenger to stretch for the extra mile, while keeping a close eye on the context and daily reality.