“Offer that which lights you up. Have no doubt that others are eager to catch the spark.”
The Art of Possibility – RS Zander and B Zander
I’ve always been interested in, and curious about, how humans relate to one another – particularly how as individuals and groups we collaborate to think, decide and act, and how we navigate complexity and conflict. My career as a workplace lawyer, in employee relations on the waterfront (with the wharfies) and in the University sector has been rewarding - providing me with deep expertise in the complexity of human experience and relationship at work and the impact of the regulations, systems and processes that govern organisational actions and responses. Some of what I have learned has come from others, a lot has come from self-inquiry and reflection but most of it has come from working with many different groupings of people and observing what is created when people come together.
All that said, my aim is to help people do more of what works and less of what doesn’t work – to engage in work and work relationships with wisdom, skill and compassion. I think it is both an intention and a practice, rather than a goal - and that is why coaching, facilitation, training, thought-partnership and meditation are valuable tools.
Experience and Qualifications
Rachael holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws and has completed professional training in Mediation (LEADR), Negotiation (CMA), Executive Coaching (Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology) and Yoga Teaching (Byron Yoga Centre). Rachael has just completed a 2- year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.
Rachael’s roles have included Head of Employee Relations and Policy at the University of NSW, National Manager Employee Relations at P&O Ports and the National Manager, Labour and Legal at DP World (Australia).
Rachael’s work draws on her experience in senior management roles in diverse industries, her keen insight into the operation of large, complex organisations and a deep knowledge of, and care for, complex people issues. Her work is informed by learnings from a wide range of integrated fields, including law, human resources, meditation, psychology, yoga, conflict negotiations, team development and communication.
Rachael has supported individuals, teams and leaders across a range of sectors, including not-for-profit, transport and logistics, FMCG, healthcare, Local Government and Universities.