Mary works with start ups and Fortune 500s

Mary’s extensive in-depth experience spans diverse industries, geographies and cultures.  Her start-up and Fortune 500 clients include:

How Mary started coaching leaders…

“Back in the early 1990s, coaching was new and misunderstood.

I am a literal thinker who focuses on the true meaning of words.

I had a thirst to understand, and asked questions that no one else dared to ask senior leaders.

Though the dialogue was messy and uncomfortable, these conversations created insight around the leader’s dilemma. Then their behavior shifted, and they started seeing better results. Consequently they asked for more time with me.

I realized that the most basic questions can create a lightning bolt of insight.”

Her start as an Executive Coach

Mary moved to Shanghai, China in 1998. She has accumulated over 25 years of on-the-ground experience of coaching executives and entrepreneurs from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and more.

During Mary’s tenure at PwC (China) and Microsoft (APAC) in the early 1990s, she realized that companies in emerging markets mirrored the appetite of those in mature markets to calibrate employee needs to drive optimum results. This seemed straightforward, but was complex to resolve.  Through observation, inquiry and conversation, practical solutions were adopted over time to enrich, stabilize and expand on leader’s messaging and impact. Her practical approach matched her clients’ needs.

No ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution

Leaders are human. They are not all wired the same way, yet they have similar pain points. All leaders want to boost performance and productivity to deliver business results. This requires delicate and deliberate focus. Each has a unique set of development needs.

Mary's approach to executive coaching...

Mary will tell you that coaching isn’t rocket science.  You have to love plunging into people’s daily challenges without judgment or pre-conceived solutions. When a leader gains insight into their dilemma and chooses another way forward, this is a ‘high-five’ moment for both of us.  

You have to love getting into all the mess, and trying to make sense of it.

“Many executives get stuck in their ‘old operating system’.  When results are fractured, the go-to is to fix the business process and to add more resources.  Too often the leader sits at the center of these challenges. It takes courage to look into the mirror. Basically it’s time to upgrade their OS.”

Mary offers proven solutions for individual and team development

Executive Coaching Sweet Spots
  • On-Boarding (role and geography)
  • Role Transition and Readiness
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Women in Leadership
Leadership Team Integration
  • New Teams
  • Dysfunctional Teams
Speaker Coaching
  • Pitching to the Board
  • All Hands Company Meetings
  • Company Performance Results
  • TEDx Power Presentations

When Mary’s not working...

Mary is an introvert, loves baking pies, making jams and raising chickens. (Yes, you read correctly!) And, she is a feisty motorcycle enthusiast.

You must be thinking…

A motorcycle enthusiast raising chickens? Quirky… interesting…

Mary practices what she preaches. She breaks rules, drives fast and talks straight. She seeks change and new experiences in her own life, and coaches leaders to boost their ability to do this as well.

This is what makes Mary so unique.

Mary is also a regular contributor for INC Magazine, Entrepreneur, Success Magazine, Smartbrief, and many more.

mary's chang jiang 750 motorcycle
Mary on her Chang Jiang 750 motorcycle in Shanghai