Let's elevate YOU and accelerate your IMPACT...

Hi, I'm Rachael Pickworth.

I’ve been a leadership and career coach/trainer for almost 20 years, working across both private and public sectors.

Along the way I've had the pleasure if being involved in various projects, such as being a member of the Telstra Top Talent identification team, rolling out career planning workshops in local government during restructure periods and speaking at various leadership conferences around Australia.

In a nutshell, I work with people who are ready for more...

Director 'Stephanie' was ready to be BIGGER & BOLDER, after playing under the radar. She implemented my managing up strategies, built the visibility of the achievements of her team and went from leading a team of 40 to 120.

Team Leader 'Mark' began working with me when he couldn't make the shift from technical expert to leader. He established several of my practical leadership strategies, such as the strategic planning framework and meetings strategy and made the shift to confident leader.

After experiencing a challenging relationship with his manager, 'Stuart' had lost his sense of purpose and was doubting himself. Together we worked on rebuilding his confidence, refocusing his energy, rebuilding his brand and kickstarting the next level of his career and leadership.

Manager 'Margaret' felt stuck and wasn't sure of her next move, after returning from maternity leave. We focused on Margaret achieving clarity by aligning her career path with her strengths, passions and sense of purpose in the world. We then explored the path of action to move her brand, visibility and career forward, ensuring her family and role as a mother weren't compromised.

General Manager 'Robert' was ready to move past feeling disheartened about his 360 Degree Feedback process, get back on track and make the required shifts to uplift his leadership capability. We developed and implemented a plan to be ready for the role of Chief Executive within 12 months.

How to know if we're a fit...

  • You want to feel confident, organised and in control with a plan that lights you up
  • You want to be respected as a high performing leader with a growth mindset, committed to providing strong leadership to your people and the business
  • You want to focus on your career planning, leadership development, building key relationships and your brand so you create and make the most of opportunities
  • You want practical and implementable tools and frameworks to quickly elevate your management and leadership 
  • Ultimately you want to look back proudly on your career, your legacy and the ripple effect you made

But despite wanting this, it can feel elusive.

The reality is that leaders today are generally busy, time-poor and under pressure to deliver results...

Despite your best intentions to be strategic, it can be hard to find the time and energy to step back and focus on leading your people, your development and your career.

Instead it can feel like you're chasing your tail, juggling conflicting balls in the air, attending meetings with no time to action outcomes and overwhelmed with email.

But, at the end of the day, if you're not taking the time to be the best version of you as a person and a leader you won't be making the impact you could make or maximising your career potential.

It helps when you have someone in your corner...

Let's elevate you to the next level...

Read on to learn more or do the leadership self awareness quiz...


Let's elevate your career

Strategic career planning is important for everyone, whether you’re feeling confused or lost, at a turning point or wanting to make the next 10 years really count.

In these sessions we'll focus on four key outcomes (in addition to any specific individual support required):

  • Consciously owning and driving your career development, planning, influencing, managing up and building networks
  • Aligning your career and brand with your passions and natural strengths for maximum engagement, fulfilment and sense of purpose
  • Building self awareness, clarity and confidence
  • A clear vision and plan for your personal and professional future that inspires you, aligns to who you are and what you want and provides you with certainty and focus


Let's elevate your leadership

Together we will explore the MAD Leaders Pillars of Leading You, Leading Your Team, Leading Your People and Leading in the Business.

In these sessions we’ll focus on the following outcomes:

  • We’ll get clear on your goals and develop a plan to provide you and your team with direction and focus
  • You’ll get fast-paced, thorough and easy-to-implement guidance on fundamental topics including building teams and a high performing culture, running effective one-on-one sessions, planning out your leadership calendar, managing up and building your brand
  • If it’s of value we will unpack your thought leadership so you can develop a career built on your unique strengths and passions
  • We’ll work on shifting your mindset to move past any ‘stuckness’ or confusion to feel bolder and more confident – we’ll work through your challenges, fears and big decisions at your own pace
  • I’ll remind you about your other priorities such as balance, wellbeing and family so you don’t lose sight of the bigger picture
  • I’ll challenge and stretch you whilst holding you accountable

We'll focus on elevating you to the top of the MAD Leaders ladder...

...and we'll focus on the different elements of the MAD Leaders Framework.

You also have the option to combine coaching with my online MAD Leaders Success Program for faster results...

I love helping people thrive...

"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

Over many years I've supported thousands of leaders and staff across small and large businesses to build their capability and plan their careers.

I also offer the MAD Leaders Success Program, which is delivered weekly over 7 months.



Frequently asked questions

We will typically work together for 6 to 12 sessions, which will be determined when we talk about the best way to work together.

Most businesses have a training and development budget which you may be able to access for this program.

Once we've chatted to make sure we're a fit, you will be provided with an invoice.

The invoice for the program will be for 'Professional Development', which generally means you can claim this as a tax deduction, however please consult your accountant to be sure.

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