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Title on Image: The Gift of Conversation. Image of Maria Cristini Executive Coaching catching cassette tapes filled with coaching conversations.

After speaking with hundreds of clients for many thousands of hours; I’m in awe of the value a heartfelt coaching conversation can bring to all involved. It brings awareness, transparency, openness and vulnerability, perspective, laughter, new ideas, joy, tears, and honest sharing. My clients work at the cutting edge of their field and I love that often my thinking gets challenged. In that trust-filled dialog, my client gains clarity and the courage to create and embody change.

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Maximize Your Impact

Graphic of 1. ready for change, 2. Begin coaching journey, 3. gain self-awareness, 4. Realize change starts within, 5. Be of service, 6. Embrace Your Power, 7. Inspire, lead and scale your impact.


These 7 steps outline the journey to greater professional impact. In essence, as overwhelming and immovable as your situation may seem, you will need to look deeper within while also seeing beyond your current circumstances to truly move forward in the ways you desire. After 20 years of coaching hundreds of clients, I know that you can’t always control your external circumstances, but you can choose to change your internal narrative and embrace your power to lead from a place of service.

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What Executives Can Learn From Michael Jordan

Who, exactly, seeks out a coach? Winners who want even more out of life.     

– Chicago Tribune

Most pundits consider Michael Jordan to be the greatest basketball player of all time. When you think of the embodiment of basketball greatness, it’s his image that comes to mind. Yet even MJ couldn’t win multiple championships by himself.

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Championship Games

Teamwork of businesspeople at work to build a business system

I’m not a typical sports fan, but I love championship games. I liken them to those times in life when people have a stake in the ground, are fully committed and passion is driving them.

During these games, so much is on the line and everyone is laser focused on a singular clear vision, collectively working to make the win happen. All players are experts in their position; bold, daring, and efficient. The stakes are high; emotions are involved and managed. I appreciate the intensity and watching mastery at play.

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What’s Your Anchor?

Finding a life anchor to keep you stable, hopeful, trusting & compassionateThe transition from one year to the next is one of my favorite times of the year.

Transitions give us opportunity to pause and reflect on the joys and regrets of the past and create a hopeful vision for the future. They lead us to solidify our thinking and create a plan to move forward with. Read more

Team Dynamics that Work

Teamwork of businesspeople at work to build a business system

Creating a dynamic team is a leader’s art. In essence as a team leader and member what’s most important is having an aligned vision, clear communication, remaining passionate about the work, and your ability to inspire others. Use my checklist to revisit your team’s dynamics.

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Do It

Artists and designers do it, entrepreneurs do it, scientists, change agents, and all daring leaders courageously do it.

Give birth to a reality that didn’t previously exist.   Read more

3 Essential Steps to a Remarkable New Year

REMARKABLE is the word that keeps coming to me as we start the New Year. REMARKABLE is what you and your team want to be as you move through the year, quarter, or any specific time frame ahead of you. That which is REMARKABLE leaves a legacy and has lasting impact.

Here are 3 essential steps to making your year remarkable.

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Park Bench

Often, as I start a coaching call, I imagine I’m sitting on a park bench with my client as they start to describe a life circumstance. I remember their wholeness, their unique creativity, and their wellspring of resourcefulness, even when in the moment, they don’t. My desire is to bring out what they want for themselves.

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Think of a calendar page with it’s many squares or rectangles, and each representing a day in your week, your month, your year. Arbitrarily choose a day in your calendar, sometime in the month ahead.

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