Monday, February 25, 2019

About Mary Bast

In 1982, I completed an interdisciplinary PhD in social psychology, with dual emphasis on organization development and personal growth. Already 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, 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, and developed more effective teams. I also learned the Enneagram during those years, collecting data that became Out of the Box Coaching with the Enneagram.

Out of the Box Coaching (1998-2018): During the years of on-site executive coaching, it became clear that career success only scratched the surface of my clients' potential (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 coaching practice.

The Evocative Enneagram (2019+): I've coached clients worldwide by phone for the past 20 years, continually learning and revising my work from typical executive coach and life coach parameters to a more mindful approach, evoking transpersonal change--loosening ego bonds, personality patterns, and defenses so clients experience heightened awareness, an awakened sense of purpose, and commitment to seek out the possible.

I'm retiring from coaching this year, expanding my interests in writing, artwork, and community involvement as board member of Writers Alliance of Gainesville, Gainesville Fine Arts Association, and now in my third year as senior editor of Bacopa Literary Review.

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