Brenda Ratcliff
When I think about leadership, I really like this quote from Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I, to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

To me, this means my role is to help leaders ‘shine’.

LDC coach

My coaching expertise is in mBraining (Multiple Brain Integration Techniques), and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. This transformative suite of skills integrates thoughtful leadership practice with ‘heart leadership’ and the wisdom of ‘trusting your gut’.

Top areas of focus are:

  • coaching in the executive leadership space to help leaders step into their own power and iron out any wrinkles that may block their path to career success
  • team coaching, using a co-designed process to assist teams to enhance both performance and culture.

I also run in-house and open workshops on Leading Communication Skills for Women, Advanced Facilitation Skills, and Successful Conversations at Work (how to have the conversations you would rather avoid).

I have a long-standing interest in story telling and using metaphors as a mechanism for courage, positive growth and change, at the individual and team level. In 2016, I travelled to the International School in Brunei and ran workshops based on the Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell, as a self-coaching and presentation tool. Teachers and students cast themselves as ‘heroes in their own lives' and mapped personal challenges to the structure of Greek Myth, enabling them to access their resilience and courage for current and future challenges.

I am also a certified coach of The Leadership Circle ™ 360 tool and the Inventory of Work Attitude and Motivation (iWAM), an on-line diagnostic tool to help people understand their own communication styles and how they come across to others. I am an approved Instructor of the Transforming Communications programme designed to help teams work together well to raise concerns and resolve conflicts.

Prior to creating MindMeld Coaching, two of my treasured roles in government were the Lead HR Advisor Organisational Development at the Ministry of Social Development coaching leaders and designing workshops, and as the Director Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector, living and breathing the interface between government and the community and voluntary sector. I understand the need to work at pace and the importance of political nous.

If you'd like to find out how Brenda can help you or your agency, please contact LDC at or 04 473 2222.


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