Coach of the Month – Rachel Peterson

Name: Rachel Peterson

Title: International Leadership Coach

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Niche/Specialties: 1) International development professionals (USAID, DFID, WorldBank, development industry professionals, international non-profits) and International tech professionals/millennials (Yelp, Survey Monkey, Eventbrite, DropBox, etc.)

Expat Experience: Ran a small business in Salamanca, Spain (1985-1988); from 1991-present – short term HR/OD work in: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Croatia, (former soviet) Georgia, Serbia, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ecuador, Canada, Mexico, Bangladesh. Lived long-term: Bosnia, Jordan, Bangladesh, Georgia, Armenia, Zimbabwe, Kenya. Worked Long-term: Bosnia, Jordan, Armenia.

Languages Spoken: English (Native), Spanish (near-native)

Life Experience: I’ve spent over 30 years, mostly overseas, focused on Leadership and Professional Staff Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership Training, and Facilitation and Change Management. I am a skilled professional coach for leaders experiencing transition in organizations and on projects in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

My current clients are found in: Australia, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Kenya, Morocco, Germany, Myanmar, Kenya, Indonesia, Canada, and the US.

I am also an Executive Coach with Better Manager []; and, a Leadership Trainer/Facilitator with Entelechy []

I work internationally with organizational leaders, government officials, local staff, and stakeholders to develop strong working relationships and cooperative teams during organizational transition. I have a strong background in group process and building organizational capacity, especially at the leadership level.

Accomplishments: Long career success on projects and field offices in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Asia, The Caucasus, and the Balkans in diverse sectors: education, mining, banking, health care, and agri-business development. Certified Professional Leadership Coach (CPCC, PCC); Certified Co-Active Leader, Certified as a Neuro-Transformational Coach (CNTC), Certified Facilitator. Bi-lingual English/Spanish speaker.

What I Love About Working in This Niche: Almost all of my clients are expatriates, often running teams in large multi-nationals, non-profits, small businesses, or projects for large donor organizations. Expats have a lifestyle and energy that is unique – they are open thinkers, driven to serve, and enjoy being citizen of the world. These traits mean they are self-possessed, expansive, independent thinkers and are hungry learners – exactly the kind of client any coach would want!

Coaching Style: I have the capacity to see immediately the power and potential in everyone I meet and what I love more than anything is to coach them and witness them growing 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 you, providing a safe and courageous space, asking the right questions, and really hearing your answers.

Favorite Coaching Tool: There are many, I love the Enneagram, Positive Intelligence (PQ), and all the CTI tools… I think my favorites though are the coaching tools I learned during my certification as a brain-based coach with BeAbove Leadership [] – helping clients understand what is happening in their brains and how to self-regulate as a means to a healthier, happier self. Very powerful.

Why Clients Choose Me As Their Coach: My clients face similar challenges in the workplace: multi-cultural teams, tensions between field and home offices, unstable work environments, sometimes unstable living environments, and they want a professional ally who has experienced all these things and has a profound understanding of what this life is really like. I ‘get’ them, and I ‘get’ their life.

A Tip for My Niche: In this time of covid-19 ask yourself: “What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?”

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One Comment

  1. Eucharia
    Posted May 7, 2020 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Rachel is truely a Coach that holds you by the hand all the way. Honour well deserved

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