Elevating People Leaders

Hi, I'm Rachael Pickworth and welcome to MAD Leaders.

My coaching clients are aspirational people leaders who want to embrace their growth journey and maximise their potential, and want me in their corner to accelerate the process and feel fully supported along the way.

Providing Leadership Coaching & Career Coaching for 20 years

Rachael challenged my assumptions & approach to leading a large team with varied experience and skills in a complex environment. She helped me to define my role & purpose & to learn to focus my energies on those activities that benefited my organisation, improving the perception of my performance by my senior managers. The sessions helped me to delegate better, to communicate better & to be more strategic & less reactive. Rachael’s non-judgemental but truthful approach encourages you to be accountable to yourself, because in the end this is the accountability that counts.” 

Malcolm Gibson - Chief Radiographer, Monash Health  

Are you ready to go to your next level?

Just like a professional sports coach, my role is to help you be the best you can be and achieve your goals. I dream big with you, support and challenge you, sound board, offer a different perspective, provide feedback and strategies, and collapse the timeline of your success path.

To work together you need to answer yes to three key questions:

1. Are you a purpose-driven leader and want to make a difference?

Do you want to provide your greatest value in your role and in the business? Do you want to inspire and empower your people to be their best and deliver results? Do you deeply care for your team members and their potential and career growth? Are you prepared to build your brand in the business so you can be tapped on the shoulder for opportunities to provide greater value?

2. Are you prepared to get real and look at yourself?

Do you have a growth mindset? Are you prepared to explore and own your strengths and development opportunities? Are you willing to get uncomfortable to seek out feedback? Are you prepared to be stretched beyond your current beliefs about your potential? In a nutshell, are you able to put your ego aside to go to your next level?

3. Are you willing to prioritise your development and dedicate time in your calendar to take action and follow through?

The reality is that leading people is challenging and it's easy to get stuck on the reactive and operational people leadership hamster wheel with back-to-back meetings, people issues, stakeholder management, relentless email, shifting deadlines and so much more. It can be a struggle to manage and lead well, let alone find time for your growth.

But, to go to your next level with your leadership, impact, influence and career you must allocate time in your calendar to focus on your growth and make the critical strategic leadership and management shifts required.

In a nutshell, my focus is ELEVATING YOU AS A PEOPLE LEADER so that you are purposeful, visionary, strategic, focused, planned, organised, confident and empowered to make the true impact and difference you're here to make.

Let's elevate your leadership...

"Your combination of coaching, team coaching and coaching skills training over recent months has supported our leadership team to move to the next level. We are more aligned, focused and have a better understanding of how to be effective leaders. Thank you for your support."

Stuart Draffin
GM Planning and Development, City of Stonnington

"Through coaching sessions with Rachael I have been able to quite quickly achieve clarity and a sense of purpose around what my goals are. This has made it a lot easier to make decisions on where I should be focussing my time and what career decisions I should make. The clarity has provided a sense of relief by taking away the ‘noise’. I would not have achieved this without Rachael providing guidance and gently challenging and interrogating my thinking."

Kym Myall
Director Risk Assessment and Intelligence, Australian Tax Office

"Coaching for me is about staying at the top of my game in every aspect of my life. With such a demanding career, whilst being successful at what I do, coaching ensures I prioritise my relationship, my kids, my health and my downtime, in ensuring my life is a success."

Prakash Menon
Director Myer Logistics, Myer Ltd.

"Rachael has worked with a number of colleagues at various organisations for me. Rachael has the ability to take the people ‘out of their comfort zone’. She will ask them to assess, challenge and stretch themselves. By doing this she gets results. I have seen great growth in these colleagues as a result of the sessions they have had with Rachael."

Fleur Delves
Victorian Manager, PKL Recruitment

"The coaching, enthusiasm and insight Rachael provided me throughout my journey, has not only enabled me to discover a great deal about myself but more importantly made me conscious and able to refocus on how I can progress positive change. I have felt comfortable and inspired since our first meeting and the momentum continues today. A motivating learning experience for me – Thank you."

John Karabatsos,
Manager IT Market Interface Solutions, Australian Energy Market Operator Ltd

"You are a legend. Thank you so much for facilitating our goal setting day. I was really pleased with the outcome. I admire the way you ran the day and your perceptiveness to the different personalities. You really do have a gift with people. Thank you again."

Regina McInnes
MD, McInnes Property Management

"As a HR Business Partner I have engaged Rachael’s coaching services periodically over the last 5 years. This has included Rachael coaching individual staff (40), delivering goal setting workshops and facilitating team coaching with great success. Rachael has a unique and vibrant way in which she engages an audience and individuals to set and achieve goals and it is always a pleasure working with her."

Donna Durston-McKenna
HR Business Partner, 
Southern Health

"Rachael opened my mind to possibilities I hadn’t even considered. The sessions helped me explore my values, understand my personal and professional purpose and be confident that I can make the right choices to balance what I initially felt were conflicting aspirations. Thanks Rachael."

Charles Boorman
Program Planning Specialist, VICRoads

"Just a quick note to let you know how much we appreciated and enjoyed your presentations at our recent WCN networking breakfasts. You might be interested to know that at the May breakfast we had a record attendance with over 160 guests and that you are the first speaker we have asked back due to such an overwhelming interest. The response has been phenomenal and the evaluation forms 100% positive! You will be a tough act for others to follow. "

Kate Wilkins
Member Relations Executive, CPA Australia

"We recently engaged Rachael’s services to facilitate a series of interactive workshops held throughout Australia for our Women in Mortgage Broking Network members resulting in tremendous success, positive feedback and delighted workshop participants. Rachael’s warm and energetic style not only engaged our audiences but left them wondering where the time had gone and wanting more! She has an extremely genuine and passionate approach to sharing her insights and encouraging others to reach their true potential – whatever that may be. Rachael comes highly recommended by our Network and PLAN Australia as a business."

Jenny Stewart
Training and HR Manager

"Working with Rachael has been truly fulfilling. Being a bit of a sceptic of coaching and not really enjoying opening up, I was very unsure of what I was letting myself into. My worries were very quickly dismissed. Rachael is analytical, yet warm and she is incredibly real. Her own business acumen and general life experience all make for such well rounded coaching sessions. I always leave our sessions recharged mentally and motivated to succeed in achieving my goals and be the best I can be."

Rachel Stefanovski
National General Manager, PKL Recruitment

"As the organiser it was an absolute pleasure to deal with you – you are both organised and easy-going – a breath of fresh air in this industry! You are professional, friendly and a delight to work with!"

Kym McGuinness
MD, Centrum Events

"Thank you again on behalf of the team for your skill in facilitating the sessions, challenging us when needed, and focusing our energies. Our GM asked us the other day what our main three strategic objectives would be and we were confidently able to provide him with our response."

Nigel Brown
Team Leader, 
Sport and Recreation, City of Kingston

"Wow, this coaching process is very powerful! I did not anticipate that I would be able to make such mental shifts in a relatively short amount of time. It’s great to move through my boundaries and obstacles in a challenging but safe, non-judgemental environment. I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much. I am able to see my potential again! "

Augarette Malki
Coordinator, Statutory Planning Unit City of Stonnington

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