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Rachel Stone

Why choose to work with me? This is how I work

I work with business owners and senior leaders to become experts at creating the results they desire, by developing expert leadership. I value self-worth as the heart of everything. I help people take practical steps to make the most of their own strengths. I support leaders/business owners to overcome any barriers to their best performance and to help grow their businesses. Enthusiasm and humour play a big part in my work. It’s a positive working relationship and an uplifting experiencing, which creates results. It’s about what you can do.

Areas of expertise include: Strategic planning; managing for performance; team dynamics; effective communication; managing cultural change; developing new managers; assertiveness at work; time management; creating a coaching culture and growing your business through expert leadership. All coaches are leaders but not all leaders are coaches! I help you embed a coaching culture to drive results.

A favourite saying of mine about coaching is by Johann Gottfried von Herder

“Without inspiration, the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel within us which needs to be ignited. Fortunate is the one who has the person around them to ignite their fuel. “

I work with people by helping them find what is hidden in a supportive, structured and (mostly) fun way. (Sometimes it’s hard, but then nothing good comes easy!) Clients learn to raise their awareness, take responsibility and move forwards to their desired results by becoming expert leaders.

Business owners, when is a good time to get involved?

  • You find you run out of time and everything is pressured
  • Performance management issues are festering
  • You find it hard to manage the changes needed
  • You feel isolated, with no one managing your performance
  • You feel bogged down with day – to - day stuff
  • You have no spark left

Leadership teams

The most common leadership issue which I have encountered in my varied experience in organisations across a range of sectors is that good people get promoted. They then feel lost because they find themselves having to manage the performance of others. It’s true. If someone does well in their job they are moved up - and out of their skills set. This can lead to a loss of confidence and sometimes lots of mistakes around leading people. The performance of many is adversely affected as a result.

My work with teams and senior leaders helps to put this right. A leader has to ‘speak with authority, speak with conviction, speak with enthusiasm’.  (Dr Tom Barrett, Real Leadership in Real-Time which is a great book!) All of this takes support and coaching.

All coaches are leaders, but not all leaders are coaches. My work focuses on ‘transformational leadership’ in which leaders are visionary. It builds a learning culture which thrives on providing effective feedback. This has dramatic, transformational results.

When is the right time to get me involved with your team?

  • When the results are not happening
  • When the atmosphere is one of fear and blame
  • When the organisation needs to make changes to improve productivity
  • When there is a lack of focus
  • When there is no joy in what you do as a leader of your team.

Rachel Stone

Rachel spent her early career as a manager across a range of sectors starting as a commercial manager for GEC Avionics, then as office manager and buyer at a manufacturing site of Sandvik UK. After travelling she settled into a retail management career at Safeways plc. These experiences have given her a broad range of exposure to different leadership situations. When her husband became ill she became a Qualified Business Teacher at Brighton Uni (so that she could spend the holidays with her young children). Her management experience took her to a senior management role within post 16 education. She now works with business owners and leaders to move their businesses forward through excellent people management. She was awarded ‘Best New Business of the Year’in the East Sussex Women in Business Awards 2013.

Rachel organised the “Leadership that Gets Results” Conference at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne on October 20th and 21st 2015 with world class speakers and two days of interactive workshops focusing on developing leaders to become experts at creating results. Click here to see what happened.