True North Life Coaching and Consulting

/True North Life Coaching and Consulting
True North Life Coaching and Consulting 2017-05-04T08:35:48+00:00

Mary Ann Marx, BS, PLCC, ACC

In life’s journey, we are often uncertain where we stand, where we are going and what is the right path for us personally. Knowing our True North enables us to follow that right path. Coaching is about helping others create positive change in their lives. Whether it’s in the workplace or in their personal life, coaching helps people get focused on personal goals such as relationships, time management, work/life balance, stress reduction, grief, life simplification and career goals.

Life Coaching draws on content from multiple disciplines, including: emotional intelligence, positive psychology, workplace coaching, use of self, evidence-based coaching, neuroscience of coaching, systems theory, relationship intelligence, organization development and appreciative inquiry.

Mary Ann Marx has a BS in Human Services with a Social Work Concentration, earned her Professional Life Coach Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF). For more than 20 years, Mary Ann worked for Sauk Prairie Schools, Community Education leading after school, at-risk, and parenting programs and was the Community Education Director for over 10 years. Mary Ann’s coaching practice centers around empowering individuals to discover what’s getting in the way of the things that truly create balance and fulfillment in their life. As a Life Coach, she works with clients to help them get a clear vision on where they want to be, uncover what’s holding them back, and help them take steps to achieve that vision. As part of her coaching practice, Mary Ann facilitates workplace relationship workshops, and is the creator of Game Plan Parenting ©, a six-part parenting program that uses a coaching framework to help empower parents to create their own family game plan that gives them the tools, support, and structure needed to navigate through every phase of parenting. This course is for new, expecting, and experienced parents.


True North Life Coaching and Consulting

As a Life Coach, it is my job is to walk with you on this journey of discovery to identify what is most important to you and then help you align your life in a way that creates greater balance, freedom and happiness. Coaching is not therapy or counseling – coaching is a collaborative relationship where I hold you competent and capable and consider you to be the expert in your own life. As coach and client, we’ll work together to set the foundation by getting clear on your goals. Through a process of active listening, curiosity, powerful questions and direct communication you will gain greater insight into what is getting in the way of your goals. Always moving forward, we will design actions that will help you achieve your goals and get you to where you want to be. You will come away from coaching with the feeling of personal empowerment and the tools to take you through your continued life’s journey.

I offer an initial one hour consultation at no charge to see if coaching is the right fit. There is an opportunity to ask questions and experience some coaching as well.

Communication is essential in any relationship and workplace relationships are no exception. High performing work teams benefit from high-trust working relationships that are grounded in mutually supportive and respectful work environments.

Lunch & Learn Workshops

Workplace Relationship Workshops are designed for a one hour, Lunch & Learn format, but can be adapted and expanded upon based on need. The purpose of these workshops is to improve workplace relationships, enhance communication and encourage employee engagement. Each session will include a presentation of the topic, an activity and a take-home assignment that participants can utilize for further reflection. Below is a list of workshops available, however workshops can be customized based on the needs of the organization.

  • Creating Powerful Goals for Personal & Professional Success
  • Building Personal Power by Discovering my Best Self
  • Doing What I do Best…and Then Some!
  • Developing Personal Influence
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Enhance Your Communication Skills & Improve Your Relationships
  • Building Employee Engagement
  • Celebrating Successes

Life Coaching – Employee Assistance Program

EAP Life Coaching is a benefit that is offered by the employer either in full or at a shared discounted rate for the employees of an organization. Life Coaching offers an alternative to in-person counseling for individuals whose concerns and goals may be better suited for the coaching process. Life Coaches assist employees with issues such as improving work habits, time management, improving work/life balance, stress management along with many personal growth issues. Coaching is not therapy or counseling – coaches focus primarily on the present and the future and consider the client to be the expert in their own lives. This is key to the success of the coach/client relationship because it enables the client to determine their own “answers” through the work done in the coaching partnership. The results are long lasting because the client becomes empowered in their own life and develops tools that work best for them to sustain positive change. EAP Coaching that can be conducted in person or by phone, making it more convenient for the employee and the employer.

Parenting can be one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have. There are lots of outstanding programs that teach valuable parenting methods, but what would it be like if you could design your own parenting “playbook” based on your family’s values and goals? Game Plan Parenting is all about supporting and empowering parents in establishing a family structure based on their own unique values, personalities and ways of communicating. We’ll touch on current child development and parenting theory, and through a coaching framework, you will be able to utilize this knowledge to create your own unique family playbook. What you’ll come away with is the tools, support and structure you need to navigate through every phase of parenting. This course is for new, expecting and experienced parents.

Game Plan Parenting © consists of 6 sessions where parents gain:

  • Greater understanding of current parenting and child development theory.
  • Greater awareness of your own parenting style.
  • Discover steps to parental empowerment.
  • Build values, beliefs and goals that are most important in your family.
  • Parent/child communication – understanding your communication style and how that works with your partner and children.
  • How to work through the tough times and come out stronger.
  • Discover what brings your family joy and creates memories.
  • Your very own “toolbox” for parenting your own, unique family.







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Contact Us

I would love to talk with you to answer any questions that you may have.

Contact Information:

Telephone:  608-393-9336

Email:  maryann (@)