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7 Questions with Karen Johns
Name: Karen Johns
Current title: Founder/CEO
Current organisation: DARE Formal Wear Ltd
Karen is a trained Teacher and Minister who has been helping broken families in her local community. Her education and life experience of child abuse and domestic violence has lead her to develop a free training program "Practical Steps - Responding to Families in Crisis" to share with local churches on how to outreach into their local communities! DARE Formal Wear Ltd (Domestic Abuse Recovery & Education) is a Not for Profit Charity that educates students, the local community and Churches about how to respond to Domestic Abuse.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
Being a Teacher and Pastor with little business training has been challenging. However, establishing a team with these skills has been paramount in our ability to continue to grow.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
We are not yet a large enterprise however, I believe I was called to start this ministry and continue to be guided by God with each step. The founding of this ministry came after 15 years of training, working hands-on with families within the local community! Unfortunately, I found these families would not approach the Church for help so I bridged the gap. I believe it is now time to share what I have learned from God about how to respond effectively and help in practical ways!
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I aim to start my day in prayer! I keep a very strict diary for work and have the ability to pick and choose when I work from home or from the office! I make sure I always put family first where possible and take time out purposely to relax. Exercise and eating right is a necessary component for me to keep my health (physical and mental) stable during the different seasons and stages of the organization's growth.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
I can't do this on my own! Being an independent and capable woman who rarely asks for help, I have realized that I need to rely on many other people who believe in our cause to help grow DARE to fulfill our goals.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders. I used the principles described to train young Ministry leaders in Cambodia in 2012 and as a result, continually refer to them as a guide.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
I believe it is about allowing God to direct your steps! Waiting for God to bring like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ to help develop His purpose for DARE has been a key. I am constantly training and educating our volunteers to spread the workload and increase our capacity. Having a succession plan in place or continually training the next leader is paramount to growth.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
In 2018 I received the Citizen of the Year award in our local area. I struggled with receiving this award! I have never intentionally sought recognition for our community work, however, I came to realize that by following God's purpose, recognition was inevitable. Having to be the front person or leader necessitates that we are under constant scrutiny from others and the pressure needs to be managed, however, having helped over 800 families in 6 years makes it all worthwhile.