“June is bustin’ out all over!” Ever wonder where that came from? Check out this video link. It is almost 9 minutes long but if you like a big song and dance number, you will love this! I am looking forward to the “bustin’ out” activity of June. It is SUMMER and that means all […]
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Seventeen years ago today, I joined a tribe I didn’t know existed. On May 14, 1998, with broken hearts, my husband and I welcomed our full term stillborn son, Leo Olk Miller into the world. We were devastated. We knew that his spirit had left his body before he […]
Exciting news from Coach Olk HQ! My new product, Activating Your Inner Champion, was one of 3 featured products in CHOICE, The Magazine of Professional Coaching. WOW! I am speechless. I’m sure I’ll recover soon and be blabbing about it all over the place. Stay tuned and in the meantime, click here to read about it. May […]
April is here and soon the signs of Spring will be sprouting everywhere! The excitement of this season puts a smile on everyone’s face and lightens our steps. I hope that you are enjoying the delights that Spring can bring — even through the snowflakes. I am looking forward to sharing my delightful friend and coaching colleague, Judy […]
Isn’t it great to have so much more daylight this time of year? Excitement is in the air and signs of spring are beginning to sprout. I am planting lots of seeds this month. 1. I am thrilled to be sharing my Inner Champion audio learning program with the world! Now that the audios and journals are […]
How’s your New Year unfolding so far? My year is starting out like a race horse bursting out of the starting gate and galloping away at break neck speed! It’s all good, exciting stuff that is happening. The most thrilling part of my ride is the release of my new audio program: Activating Your Inner […]
How did your 2014 wrap up? Did you race at breakneck pace and slide full speed into home plate at last? VICTORY; I made it! Or maybe you floated like a leaf on a soft breeze, gently landing on the last days of the year? AHHH, how sweet it is! Every year it is a different story. […]
Mary says: “My job as a coach is to challenge you to go outside your comfort zone, to try something different to help you land in that space of what’s right and true for you. Sometimes the challenge is one of tenderness and gentleness. That same client can at times require the drill sergeant who […]
Our long, luxurious fall came to an abrupt end the first week of November. Winter came in at full strength with six inches of snow and cold temps. It took all of us hardy Midwesterners by surprise. After about a week of denial, we adjusted. Everyone is in full winter mode now wearing warm coats […]
This fall Mother Nature has been putting on quite a show in the Midwest. We had a long run of warm sunny days, beautiful blue skies and glowing gold, orange, and red trees. And rainbows! I have never seen so many fall rainbows. It has been breathtaking. Our house has been full of activity: decorating […]
Testimonials from My Clients
There is no colleague I respect more than Mary Olk. She has an unwavering commitment to personal and professional growth for her clients and herself. She is a truly gifted inner guide—extraordinarily insightful, self aware, highly skilled, and wise. I am especially proud she has chosen to integrate the Gremlin-Taming® method into her own naturally potent style of facilitating others to tap into and channel their potential. Her clients are beyond fortunate to have her in their lives.
Rick Carson Dallas, Author, Taming Your Gremlin® and A Master Class in Gremlin-Taming®
“Working with someone like me, not as goal oriented, is tough! But with Mary I learned you can be goal-oriented and it doesn’t have to be like you’re in the military.
She listens beautifully. She reflects it back with a question that makes me think about it in a way that I hadn’t. And she’s funny.”
Mary Moga Higher Education Administrator
“I am somebody who needs homework. I need someone to say ‘Do X Y and Z and get back in touch,’ instead of ‘Think about this and we will talk.’ Mary structured things for me in that manner. Otherwise it is easy for me to put things on back burner.
There were two big main issues that Mary and I worked with: I had too much on my plate, and my marriage was blowing up. So we worked on both.
I gained a good sense of not only who I was but trusting that I had the answers, which is really where you want to get to: That you can trust yourself with the way you are feeling and that the decisions you are making are right for you.”
Dayle Quigley Hayward, Wisconsin, emergency room physician
“I’ve pretty much doubled business over the course of working with her. I know it is tough to attribute it to one single thing, but I know with certainty that she is a part of what has allowed me to do that. And, working with Mary has helped me have much more authentic conversations with people in my life, whether those are people I’m dating, or my relatives, friends or colleagues. She’s helped me get a clear sense of my voice in all those types of relationship.
She has helped me get out of my own way on the goals that really, really matter to me.”
Annemarie Estess San Francisco, small business owner and coach trainee
“For sales people in general a great coach is an asset because we are forced to deal with negative emotions every day – there is a lot of rejection and fear. The resilience needed to withstand that is greater when you have an asset like Mary.
She helps me think through what is going on. If there is conflict with my values, she helps me articulate what is going on. From that we trade action steps to progress through a challenge, or take on an opportunity. She takes what is within me and helps me make sense of it and create actionable steps.
Mary does not bring a one-size-fits-all approach – this is a customized approach we have worked on over the past four years.”
Gabriel Harren Minneapolis, Sales Rep and Entrepreneur
THREE WORDS: Professional, Humor, Authentic
Mary's sense of humor, coupled with her raw authenticity, gave me a huge play ground to be myself and to experiment with letting go of concepts about myself that no longer served me. Our work was, and continues to be, life-changing.
I send my closest friends and family to Mary when someone needs a coach. Enough said. I know you'll get nothing but excellence when you work with her.
Jane Massengill Master Certified Coach