Certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Certified Brain-Based Coach (CNTC), International Coach Federation, PCC
I provide professional development coaching, leadership coaching, facilitation, training, and change management, as well as HR/OD consulting.
What type of coaching do you offer and to whom?
Most of my clients are professionals who are experiencing work transitions or issues in the workplace (with a supervisor, a team, or even the organization they are in). Since we humans are not ‘just’ the person we are at work, or “just” the person we are with our family or friends, I coach the whole person! I have the capacity to see immediately the power and potential in everyone I meet and I love coaching them and witnessing them grow into that potential. I practice Co-Active Coaching, a model developed more than 20 years ago by CTI that starts with the belief that everyone is “naturally creative, resourceful and whole.” My job is to be a catalyst for positive change by forming an alliance with my clients, providing a safe and courageous space, asking the right questions, and really hearing their answers.
Why did you get into coaching? What motivates you?
My first love is international organizational development and HR, and after many years managing projects and people in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Asia, The Caucasus, and the Balkans, I realized that I was, every day, coaching my executive teams and my own staff to be better and more effective in their jobs. My clients have been and are incredibly successful reaching what they are aiming for. They transition smoothly into or out of jobs; they become better managers, better employees, better partners, better parents; and, they become much more self-aware and much more comfortable in all of their communications and relationships. This is what motivates me – years of clients sending their friends, family members, staff and teams to me to, “get what they got,” by working with me.
What differentiates you from other coaches?
I think every coach brings to their client base a level of their own experiences – mine happen to be in organizational change and human resources in a range of organizations, large and small, private sector, retail, non-profit, and government and educational. I think this gives me a significant understanding of how human beings interact with other human being when they are stressed, under deadlines, managing work/life balance (or not), dealing with the foul balls that occur when we are trying to be all things to all people, and want to be effective at the same time. The clients who resonate with my coaching are “too busy to have a coach.” Until they realize that’s the time they need to call me.
What values are important to you when working with clients?
An earlier iteration of my coaching practice I named, “Be Seen Leadership.” I have this core belief that all human beings have a desire to be seen, be heard, and then to become who they are meant to be, a full expression of their core values and desires for a fulfilled life – at home and at work (where, let’s face it, we spend most of our adult lives). One of my clients said it well, “If a coach is someone who trains with their team all season to play hard and win, then Rachel is the coach of Team You – she makes sure you play hard, but she is 100% in your corner and knows you can win.”
What do you do for fun?
There are so many wonderful ‘tribes’ in the Pioneer Valley! I am a choral singer and belong to two choruses, I am also a quilter and sew with two guilds: a modern guild and a more traditional guild; I am on the UMass Fine Arts Center Gala Board, and I love my Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. We live close to both my sister and her family, and my parents – so family gatherings are frequent and delightful, and my husband and I love to travel internationally to visit friends we’ve made during our work overseas