Wednesday, July 4, 2018

About Coach Mary Bast

  • Are you an individual feeling stuck in your personal life? 
  • Are you an executive disconcerted by organizational personalities and complexities? 
  • Are you a coach looking for a more experienced professional to help guide your own work with clients?
I have more than 30 years' experience as an executive and personal coach and mentor. With me, you'll quickly resolve short-term issues and develop creative resolutions to life and work issues.

Director of Executive Development (1982-1988): In 1982 I completed an interdisciplinary PhD in social psychology, with dual emphasis on organization development and personal growth. Already the Training Manager for Federated Department Stores' corporate organization, I was promoted to Director of Executive Development and co-created a benchmark program to coach high-potential executives in our retail companies across the U.S. 

Bast Consulting, Inc. (1988-1998): In 1988 I started Bast Consulting, Inc., coaching executive clients for a decade of on-site leadership coaching and team development in a variety of industries (including community mental health, financial services, health insurance, home improvement, landscaping, manufacturing, retail, sales, software development, scientific research, toy manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and many others). Hundreds of my executive clients put failing careers back on track, attained desired positions, clarified their organization's vision/strategy, and built more effective teams.

Out of the Box Coaching (1998-present): During the years of on-site executive coaching, it became clear that career success only scratched the surface of my clients' potential for personal development (organizational contracts typically focus more on measurable outcomes and less on personal growth). So I launched Out of the Box Coaching in 1998, most of the first year spent in research and writing about the dynamics of change, which informed my current approach. I coach clients worldwide by phone.

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