"What did you personally get from working with Rich?"
Rich provided me the gift of the power of the mind that really helped me to grow and excel as a human and a professional. Although I’m intrinsically an optimistic person, Rich showed me how this can help others to become positive and successful. Rich became a confidante.
"What did your company get from working with Rich?"
Rich helped us to build a resilient leadership team that passionately leads the organization through good and bad times as one. His approach brought a level of ownership that thrived innovation and excellence at all levels of the organization. The team became one of the most successful and admired in the company.
"How did you experience Rich?”
As a person that goes far and beyond what you typically expect. He is truly interested in the challenges and opportunities of the organization and the people within. Rich is creating real value by applying his advice and mentorship on real life business situations. Sometimes he is unconventional and confronting but never offensive and always constructive. Rich tries to understand the story behind the story. He provides that other perspective that makes you stand out positively.
“What’s the best part of working with Rich?”
His style, involvement and passion make Rich a pleasure to with.
Working with Rich has been the most precious gift I have ever received in my 25 years as a professional.
This clarity: My “automatic” thoughts are the ones trying to stop me from being the best version of myself in each occasion. Not others, not the “environment” or circumstances, not bad luck, not destiny, not even my DNA… it is me that’s “in control”!!!
Every time I meet Rich, I always have the vivid impression that he really cares about the people with him. He wants to share with us his “wealthiness”. He makes a plentiful supply of the core mindfulness and resilience stuff available to meet the challenges and demands we face daily, both at work and at home.
The best part of working with him are his questions. It is not that easy to ask the right questions at the right time, and he always manages to get the “cigar”. Also, during my time with him, he has never rushed to get to his point. He always provides the time and space to have you truly digesting and elaborating on his questions.
Jose Javier Soria
Senior Manager, Madrid, Spain
Working with you helped me have a deeper connection with myself; you gave me different points of view and insights that made me realize how strong I can be and how much I can change things with a correct approach.
I consider myself a person with a pretty strong personality but sometimes I happen to blame other people. After our sessions, I started avoiding this kind of bad behaviour and realized that everything is in my hands.
This new view gives me much power: I can reach whatever I want, only working on myself. This awareness also helps me to handle the consequences of my actions more easily and stop struggling with "battles" that do not depend on me. And this is such a big relief!!! My heart is really lighter…
I think that has been a game-changer in my life… something I caressed, but I wasn't completely aware it was there.
You were the first approach I had with Medtronic because I started working in this company two days before the Awareness session with you, and my first feeling was, "this company is pure magic". I cannot think of a better way to start working with new colleagues.
Personally, I really enjoy the connections you are able to create with people and your gift to open the mind of all the people in the room.
The best part of working with you is that it's funny, inspiring, deep, thoughtful, and it makes you think… in a few words, you want more! 😊
What I continuously think now is: What's next? How can I further improve myself? Which are the next steps? What am I missing that I cannot yet see? Big awareness of endless possibilities…
I get a new myself from working with Rich. Rich gave me the awareness of how we behave based on our mindset. I was totally not aware!!! I learned that all limits between me and my objectives are all created by myself.
Thanks to this, I realized how clear and simple this is, but also a daily challenge to become the best version of ourselves and express better the potentiality that we have. Thanks to what I learned, I've been able to act and achieve personal & work successes. I feel I have become a better person, and also, people around me feel this, and they also become better. Facts tell me that this is real. I'm very grateful to Rich for this, for the rest of my life.
Rich is one of the people who have inspired me the most in my life. His human experiences, sincerity, and simplicity mirror how we see ourselves. And thanks to his teachings, I have totally changed my leadership style and even my private life. Rich is a person with a big heart and intelligence; I wish I had known him earlier in my life. Rich is really a good man.
For me, it is always surprising ... I have already been joining sessions and initiatives with Rich for more than six years. It is never the same experience, never dull, and I love it more and more because it is a continuous evolution thanks to the constant identification of personal blind spots, which gives the start of new ideas for improving.
One day, I would like to become an expert like Richard and help people see and achieve their own goals as Rich does every day!
I got much more into the “Observer mode” of my own thinking from working with Rich. I can step back now more often and reflect on what is going well and what is not that well.
It helped me question situations, things, feelings and “SEE” things differently. I feel more balanced regarding my thinking mood and my behaving mood. I enjoy the sessions as it opens my eyes and evolve my brain. Not only You! Principles themselves, but more the exercise and the exchanges we have are very fruitful and engaging for me. I remember we had a call, where you described how our brain works, and when we as children are trained to be “Careful”, “watch out”, “be save” and this leads to this behaviour of being scared and to, closed-minded. I read a book recently, Changing the habit of being yourself, by Dr Joe Dispenza. While reading this, I thought about the exchanges we had and dove even more into the topic of “thinking” and what thinking is actually doing with us in a negative but also can in a positive way.
Our work changed how I do my daily business, lead my teams, run my private life, and how I am with my family. It enriched everything, and I feel more inspired and creative regarding self-development.
Daily reflections are my habit now and are strongly included in my routine. The regular exchanges and time to really slow down and reflect made me more curious to grow further and develop my inner mindset even more. I also got feedback from my team that they feel inspired and excited about my sessions with them.
Without Rich, I think I would have burnt out years ago.
I got from working with Rich how important it is to slow down to create and remove interference.
Don't be afraid to slow down – it makes you better, makes you creative. When things get tough, I ground, put things in perspective, and realise that being 'down the ladder' does nobody any favours.
We had many events where we practised the concept of slow down/clearing your mind - and succeeded 😊He helped me understand that you need to be bold to be bright. Break long-held beliefs if they don't make sense, dare to change.
Rich is inspiring, direct, clear and devoted to the cause. The Dutch directness was needed to get the message across. Rich is not afraid of making enemies in the journey to embed the message. Rich lives 100% what he believes in. he is devoted to the message and the mission of making people more creative, less stressed and more balanced.
Senior Director, Maastricht, The Netherlands
I can't say that I was really looking for something specific when I first met Rich. But I must say that I was very interested to know what he was going to cover. This was my first experience as a coach here in the Netherlands since I had already participated in similar sessions in my country Venezuela.
One of the things that impressed me the most was how Rich made me clear of all the things that I do not know and that I have no idea that they even exist. This is exciting because it implies that there is always something new to learn, and I love learning every day, from the simplest to the most complex.
Our work together helped me understand that listening to others is essential (maybe the key) to achieving effective communication with those around me. Our sessions have also reinforced that my way of being and how I relate to people is empathetic and of genuine interest in helping and supporting those who need it, and I am really proud of it. I think I should work even more on that to improve it.
You made me aware that we are unique as individuals, making us special and valuable. Also, the "good or the bad" in terms of emotions or reactions to various situations in life is just a circumstance, and that does not define us. Still, it's always much better to be positive and reflect before reacting. And most importantly, with you, I learned to "listen and focus" better when I communicate with others. Thanks for all your sessions!
I wish you much success and prosperity!
Heerlen, The Netherlands
In its bare essence, our work together has made me more self-confident. I’ve gotten more aware of who I am and how I react to situations.
From this, I’ve gotten more empathic with other people. It’s easy to see how miscommunication can occur when you’re not aware. After all, every person sees the world from their perspective, and a perspective is never the truth.
I’ve learned to listen, not assume, and stay connected with the other person. I firmly believe that if we understand ourselves better and our programming, we will start to see automatic thought patterns. When we do, we can change that and thus, we become better people to be with and create space for others.
Everyone is the ok, just as I am.
Growth! Everything taken together, I’ve become less avoiding, more straight and more empathic to others. And I thank you for giving me the seed and watering it so that the flower could grow. What I got, I wish for many more people.
Rich gave me a different way of looking at things and my own reality. This has been very helpful in multiplying the possibilities I see. It is like having a new, high-performing set of multicolour glasses.
Rich is very straightforward and gets to the point quickly and effectively. He is open-minded and able to build empathetic relationships, even though there was no fate to face meetings. It feels like you can be open and share all your doubts with a sense of freedom. Judgement is absolutely absent, and you can feel it.
He is always looking at the bright sight of things. He proposes to you a different perspective that opens new opportunities. It is like he has an answer for any question or the right question to ask. And last but not least, he cares! And that’s not so common.
Alessandro di Mauro
Sr HR Manager, Milan, Italy
When I first met you, I had just been promoted to a new role in a different organization, and I did not know the team members well. This organizational change positively impacted me, but some team members were not. This situation worried me a lot (I felt very uncomfortable being in such a team), so I expected the team to get out of the hostile atmosphere they were in as soon as possible and break the ice. So your training on owner/victim state of mind was at the right time.
The team principles have been particularly helpful: It enabled the integration of these values, which we all know but were lacking in practice due to not being well formulated before, into our business and private lives. This concept enabled us to speak the same language as a team.
I am more mindful to apply your principles to my personal and professional life. Knowing the owner and the victim state of mind allows me to quickly realize where I am on the ladder, which helps me move up to the ladder much quicker than before.
Getting to know you and learning from you is fun. It gives me a lot of the wisdom to discover myself. It adds value to my life.
Honestly speaking, my first impression of you wasn’t 100% positive. Mainly because I might have been already a bit biased. I am not sure it was due to the way you spoke/your tone/words or attitude, but I found it a bit self-centred and arrogant, not always open-minded, not always seeing other people’s ideas/thoughts or opinions as “the valid ones”. At one point, I even got discouraged.
And then, I realized that the filters and biases didn’t serve me, and I wanted a “fresh start”. So you, Rich, were my personal example to practise listening without filters. It worked, and since then, I have had no issues like before. And I came to like and value you.
The impact of your work on me personally is enormous. I can honestly say that I have been inspired and amazed from the first moment. It was a game-changer for me in many ways:Since all topics related to self-awareness are generally my passion, my work changed into my passion to a significant extent.
Because I started working even more intensively with my blind spots, I realized that I am the only person who will always indeed and solely be able to take care of myself, what I do for a living and whether I lead a happy life.
I learnt to pursue my dreams, and I developed some qualities that made me more determined proactive and made me leave my comfort zone
I became a happier and more complete person (you would not believe how different it used to be some time back)
You filled me with numerous moments of joy, gratitude, satisfaction, motivation, inspiration. I feel like my soul is telling me: that’s exactly where you should be and what you should be doing.
I admire your knowledge the ease with which you communicate, explain and share ideas. I liked most of the examples, jokes and activities you shared.
I also appreciate how the community grew and built from scratch and developed so significantly in a remote environment. Despite the distance and virtual world, you helped us all connect.
So thank you for all your hard work and the message you share with the world – I cannot stress enough how important I think it is – and I mean the global scale. We all -as people- need this change that should come from within, and You is a simple yet great philosophy to live by and spread.
For me, the best part of working with you is the possibility to gain some new knowledge, perspective and professional advice, learn some coaching methods and techniques, get inspired by the dynamics and energy you work with a group. And the way you can lighten up the atmosphere with your anecdotes.
Rich is the most objective and clear person I have ever met. I really like this, which is one of my blindspots in the past.
His coaching is very inspiring because it's filled with a lifetime of experiences and his wisdom & acceptance influenced me a lot. It helped me to confront myself.
Working with Rich is a different experience than the business-as-usual approach, and I learned it is never too late to adapt or change.
We started on our journey with Rich 6 years ago, and we have been captivated ever since. I always appreciate Rich's openness and honesty, and he will offer different perspectives, which always helps open up my mind. He's helped us understand the importance of our mindset and, with this awareness, helped many of us grow as people.
We've built great collaboration across the team, and he helps us think broader.
Watford, United Kindom
I have gained a whole new perspective on life from working with Rich. Rich has taught me about awareness, not just awareness of myself, my thoughts, beliefs, and actions, but also an understanding of others and where they are on the ladder. I have a whole new tolerance that I never had before. The learnings Rich has shared are lifelong changes that will stay with me forever, but I know that they need to be worked on and constantly developed and challenged.
Rich is a great coach; he always seems to know the right thing to say at the right moment, he encourages me to think differently about what I have said or thought. Rich can challenge me, with complete respect and openness (which you don’t find often), to think differently, to make me aware of how I am listening to my thoughts, not reality. Rich has shared a gift with so many. These learnings could have been kept to himself or excelled in a different business; however, he decided to put his life to this cause and bring so many people on this journey with him. Selfless!
It is easy to work with Rich; he likes to keep things simple, which I like the most. It is simple, so let’s keep it that way. Rich is also a straight talker, says how it is and immediately makes you feel comfortable to share.
It seems that you have answers to every question. And it's never something standard, but they always seem to be correct. It is sometimes challenging to keep up because your mind is so clear. You help me understand myself much more deeply and feel the real meaning and importance of things.
Rich, you are one of the very few people who asks, "how are you?" and mean it.
I learned a lot from you. Accepting things as they are and having patience. In general, I am a quick person, and I was expecting the same speed from other people, and I learned the power of waiting, especially when listening.
When I am under stress, I remember your words & guidance, and attitudes.
The power of silence/being calm is helping me a lot to solve the issues with better communication. I can solve the problems more efficiently and mentally feel more comfortable with this mindset. We can change only ourselves, not others.
It was awe-inspiring and sincere, especially when you shared your experiences; it was without filter, transparent and covered all realities and feelings. Your self-reflection questions were very beneficial for us.
Rich, you helped me find my balance, give the right importance to things that happen in life, and always look for something good in each event. I see my blind spots and try to improve them actively. I now look for the answers inside me rather than outside, asking myself, "what could I have done?".
I have seen other coaches, but you made the difference. You are a very practical person that believes in what you do, which means you put lots of heart into how you coach. I can't wait to get more news about your next steps.
The first time I attended a workshop with you, I was sceptical about what I could gain from a session where we talked about ourselves.
Generally, the workshops we attended were on business content in our company, but for the first time, it was about "me."
So, this took me by surprise, and now I know that you had also seen that. You even suggested a book I should read, and get back to you with my summary!
At the time, I saw this as an obligation, but now that I am thinking, it was my turning point on how I see myself / where I am and how I see people around me.
The work I did with you has elevated me to another level of self-awareness and will be with me in the future through time.
While working with you, I recognized that I was on automatic in everything I did! After some time with all the workshops we had, I realized that I started to see why & how & what I react to my actions. This provided me with a new window of looking at things.
Handling situations in more control and understanding people for how they act in the way they do.
What I got from you is to get to know myself. My self-awareness was always there but never surfaced. With all I gained from you, I am more conscious of myself and my surroundings.
The best part of working with you is that you enter a room with him with nothing on your mind, but you leave the room with a full head of ideas and enlightenment.
I was always looking to do another workshop, as I knew it would open a new part of me that I was now aware of.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Through our collaboration, we have progressively created a culture based on respect, supporting each other, listening, speaking clear and recognizing. Not little thing! This is our dream, and there are action plans to achieve this dream culture.
Thanks for these big achievements for me personally and me and my colleagues !!!!
Anna Maria Llorent
Before I met Rich I was doing well. I was leading a group of 250 people and I had a lot of work with that. It took my a lot of energy to be inspiring, make sure they work as a team and also have a balance with my personal life. Working with Rich has showed me where the hole in my boat was. I was a pleaser. I was trying to be everything to everybody.
Rich has made me into a 10 times better leader. I am more clear and I have a much better structure in my team. The communicate better, they listen better and we talk about the things openly without insulting anyone. We have more accountability in the team and we work much better with other departments. Before it was always hard to be seen by other departments, but now they see us as a full and respected partner. We are know as positive options thinkers, as Rich taught us to be.
For myself, I am calmer, wiser, clearer and more fulfilled. My wife and kids have noticed also. My colleagues tell me that I am a much more balanced person. I really enjoyed going through this process with Rich, and I never knew it could be done in such a short amount of time!
I see that what makes me successful, and what makes my department successful is consistent, constant creation. Repetition of what we want to achieve. It’s so important, and my 1:1 coaching with Rich helps a lot in keeping it alive.
Thank you so much Rich, I have become a 10x better leader and my team is 10x more effective and successful.