I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Maria since 2009. As a consultant with a small firm, I have relied on Maria’s deep understanding of best business practices, her knowledge of teams and the respective skills and capacities we each bring to the table, and her insights into marketing and other communication strategies that position my company for success. Without a doubt, my company and I are stronger and more resilient because of my partnership with Maria.
Maria Cristini facilitated a powerful series of authentic, value-based activities that helped us build a deep level of trust and a thorough understanding of each team member’s values, assets, and needs. We have grown into a team that can engage in productive conflict. This has resulted in stronger shared leadership, sound decisions, and effective meetings. I’m looking forward to where she takes our team next!
Sharon L. JohnsonMA Principal East Palo Alto Charter School
Our work has brought me clarity of my values and how they pertain to my position of Dean of Students. This in turn has given me a deep level of satisfaction in the day in, day out duties I perform. Our sessions have generated several innovative and effective ideas for improving school culture.
Jennifer SaulDean of Students, East Palo Alto Charter School, an Aspire Public School
The Step into Leadership approach is not just helpful, it’s transformative. Our team discovered we don’t have to be all things to all people, and that our compliment of strengths can be strategically tapped so that we each shine in our unique ways. I used to focus on my own gaps in leadership capacity; no longer. There’s no lack here when I look at our team as a whole. It’s a real paradigm shift that gives me great confidence in our future.
I initiated a relationship with Maria because I sought to be a great leader of my company while remaining a responsible steward of my own personal dreams and desires. Coaching with Maria transformed my whole life: I gained deep insights into my motivations, fears, patterns, and desires that allow me to make decisions and take actions on a daily basis in support of realizing a joyful, responsible, and fulfilled life, both personally and professionally.
Steven LaFranceMPh., Owner, Management Consulting Firm San Francisco, CA
I wanted to say thanks again for all your help over the last 6 months. I went back and re-did my Wheel of Life from our intake today and it was great to see that I feel like I’ve made improvements in almost every area. Overall, I definitely feel happier, more balanced, and optimistic about the future. It feels really nice. So thanks again for helping me down the path!
Lea AdamsChief, Water Resources Division, HEC at US Army Corps of Engineers
I engaged Maria’s coaching services at a time in my life when I had everything I thought I always wanted professionally and personally. I felt guilty for the feeling in my heart that I wanted more than I already had. Maria gently facilitated a fantastic transformation in me, allowing me to reconcile the life I was living and the life I truly desired and was simply scared to go after. She helped me uncover my genuine self and that had a cascade-effect in my life, from my work to my personal relat… Read more