About Us

Go from Intention to Action

As your thought partner, Karen helps you define your goals, identify the challenges you face, and develop a plan of action. Whether you are a new leader within your organization, or a seasoned professional facing an adaptive change, Karen will help bring clarity to the situation. You will continue to move forward on the path to achieving the goals you established for yourself, your team, and your organization. Just as athletic coaches help elite athletes improve their athletic performance, with Karen as your coach you will leverage your talents and strengths to achieve professional and organizational performance excellence.

The benefits of coaching:

  • Realize your full leadership potential
  • Achieve measurable results
  • Identify the obstacles holding you back
  • Gain deeper understanding of yourself and how others perceive you
  • Improve decision making and take more decisive actions
  • Gain a different perspective
  • Receive honest feedback that you might not otherwise receive
  • Achieve your professional goals and personal dreams
  • Master skills in areas such as communication, delegation, conflict management, team building, courageous conversations, etc.
  • Develop new strategies to motivate your team
  • Strengthen your ability to effectively manage stress, time, and multiple priorities
  • Optimize your performance in leading projects, initiatives, and teams
  • Effectively manage conflict at work and at home
  • Successfully transition through a career change, life event or relocation

Together, you and Karen will assess your strengths and style, improve your skills, enhance your leadership, tune your life/work balance, and identify what is required to reach your goals. You will work in unison to discover how you can pursue your ideas, focus your team, convey your vision, and set the standard for all those who look to you for inspiration and leadership.

Dr. Karen Altekruse brings over 20 years of combined experience in business leadership, entrepreneurship, and service to Executive Excellence, LLC. She has an MBA with a concentration in Executive Coaching and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. She received her executive coaching certification from Bellevue University, is a licensed roundtable facilitator, and is certified to coach the One Page Plan® and Gallup’s Entrepreneurial Profile 10® Assessment.

Prior to starting Executive Excellence, Karen led the development and growth of a business assistance center. Offering leadership development, strategic planning, coaching and training to business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs, the center grew to serve over 500 business owners and organizational leaders annually. Karen has executive leadership experience in healthcare, serving as a director of business development for a healthcare startup and as the marketing and public relations director for a Michigan-based healthcare system. In 1998 Karen founded a marketing communications agency that she grew into an award winning and nationally recognized second-stage firm. Karen and her team served clients in a variety of industries including healthcare, high-tech, manufacturing, tourism, education and economic development.

Karen has held leadership roles on regional economic development boards and service organizations. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the Association for Training and Development (ATD), the National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and is a professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA).