Executive Coaching

1:1 Executive Coaching for CEOs and C-Suite Executives with Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux

Every business leader faces inscrutable challenges and opportunities in this unprecedented and rapid economic and social transformation. This demands they ‘trade up’ their leadership behavior to maximize their chances for business success. Navigating OUT of the Badlands is not for the faint of heart or those who are unwilling to learn.

Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux believes the biggest success factor in executive coaching is not the coach, but a leader who is dedicated to improving themselves first so their company can follow. They must be truly motivated to change.

Mary works with leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Have high integrity and ethics
  • Are confident and successful in both their own eyes and those of their executive teams
  • Are life long learners with a history of improving themselves, not just asking others to improve
  • Are motivated to change, willing to work hard, and ready to be held accountable
  • Are committed to a 12-18 month process to achieve their goals

Mary provides three distinct types of executive coaching to select C-Suite executives. All are aimed at improved leadership and business results. Fundamental to all three is the active involvement of the leader and his/her executive team. Improved leadership and strategy do not occur in a vacuum.

Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux’s Executive Coaching Expertise & Experience

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Strategic Coaching

Strategic coaching is focused on improving strategic thinking and supporting the development and execution of breakthrough strategies to achieve lasting long-term results. Mary becomes a thinking partner in strategy creation, as well as a facilitator in defining the strategy and roadmap. A leading futurist, Mary is able to help leaders spot targets no one else can see. These “Blue Ocean” strategies will help you create new market spaces.

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Leadership Coaching

Leadership coaching helps successful executives become better leaders. Coaching focuses on making targeted changes in leadership behavior and extinguishing unhelpful or outdated habits. To be successful, the leader, select executive team members and the coach must agree to the program and buy in to the process.

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Vistage CEO Groups

In addition to her private executive coaching practice, Mary works with Vistage International as a Peer Advisory Group Chair. She leads two peer advisory groups, one for chief executives and another for key executives, from the middle market in the San Francisco Bay Area. Members of these Vistage groups attend groups sessions and receive 1:1 coaching sessions every month in addition to other activities. Each program is limited to 15 members and is invitation only.

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Coaching Credentials, Expertise and Experience

Mary has been a trusted leadership and strategic coach to hundreds of executives across major industries in 30 countries.

There is little she has not seen in her 20 years of working with leaders of Global 100, family-owned, and professionally managed middle market companies. In addition to her private coaching practice, Mary is a Vistage CEO Group Chair working with middle market CEOs and key executives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Known for her uncanny ability to seamlessly integrate her strategic business knowledge with her clinical psychology and behavioral science expertise, Mary works with executives to lead strategy, improve leadership ability, and direct major change.

Holding degrees from the University of Michigan (BS), University of California at Davis (M.S. & MHS), and Fielding Graduate University (Phd), Mary also has a clinical psychology license from the State of California. While on the faculty of the University of California Davis Medical School, she provided individual counseling, and couples and family therapy. Mary made noted innovations in integrating counseling and behavioral sciences into the curriculum and practicums of medical and nursing programs.

Mary established her name in the coaching world, becoming a sought-after coach of leading executives in the health sector. Leaders were charged with making major changes in the delivery and education systems in the United States and 30 countries around the world.

Transitioning to global business over 20 years ago, Mary continues to provide leadership and strategic coaching to CEOs and C-Suite executives. She built deep industry knowledge in sectors from high-tech to energy to consumer products, and added another 30 countries to her international work experience. From China to Sweden to Central America to Turkey, Mary’s cross-cultural coaching skills are legendary to achieving business results and leadership development across 6 continents.

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