About Authentic Development

Meet Ken!

Ken Carlson, PCC, CPCC
Authenticity Geek
Leadership Coach and Trainer

Ken has over 15 years of experience as a corporate leader and over 10 years of experience as a coach and trainer. Ken is a certified professional coach (PCC) and leader with experience coaching hundreds of unique clients from all over the world. Ken’s roles have included an Implementation Director of a Fortune 300 organization, Instructor of Chemistry at a Chicago area university, Founder and Owner of a Leadership Training & Coaching organization, and father of two adult girls; he understands the challenges of being on the fast track at work while also wanting to make a lasting impact in all areas of life. 


Ken’s typical clients are high-achievers with a knack for being successful at whatever they attempt to accomplish. They are often well thought of and considered the best of the best. They hire Ken because they want to accelerate their achievements and increase the level of integrity in their overall lives.

Ken’s strengths include his wide-ranging experiences. With a degree in chemistry and eight years in marketing for science companies, he developed and marketed hundreds of new products. As a university chemistry instructor, he honed his ability to present difficult concepts in fun and engaging ways.

Finally, as a leader in a Fortune 300 company, he took four different organizations from ineffective to top-performing—each in under twelve months.

Ken has coached and trained leaders in dozens of organizations such as Apple, McDonalds Corp., Facebook, LinkedIn, Fidelity, VISA, Sephora, MSCI, Chamberlain, Accenture, Fisher Scientific, Sandvik, ADP, CDK, Paylocity, NASDAQ, Nielsen, Prime Group, Harley-Davidson, Lettuce Entertain You, Abbott Labs, and Volvo.


Ken is also a highly sought-after leadership development trainer. Certified as a trainer for Situational Leadership II which is the world’s most popular leadership development training. Ken is also certified to deliver and train on Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator; the world’s most often delivered assessment. Ken trains leaders on how to coach, MBTI, critical conversations, delivering and receiving feedback, and building high performing teams. 

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1 - What's a life purpose?
2 - I'm not really interested
3 - I'm really curious about what my purpose is
4 - I'm exploring it
5 - I''m living it

1 - Not at all
2 - Hardly
3 - I know where I want to grow but I haven't done anything at all.
4 - I'm trying but I'm stuck
5 - I'm all in. I really want to grow

1 - I'm not interested
2 - I know I should try new ways if I want different results but I find it hard to get motivated
3 - I try new ways here and there
4 - I'm excited to try new ways and I often do
5 - I try new ways of doing things every day

1 - I thought we were all supposed to just survive this life.
2 - How could anyone else possiibly know anything about my life?
3 - I think it would be great but I'm skeptical.
4 - I want to know what I don't know and I want someone to nudge me along.
5 - I'm looking for someone to tell me the honest truth about me even if it hurts.

1 - Survive
2 - Living Life Having Love and the Pursuit of Happiness
3 - Helping other people
4 - Help others and leave a legacy
5 - Live fully alive and with purpose

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  1. Crossing the Continental Divide Ken Carlson 23-Aug-2018
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