Marilee Adams


Marilee Adams, PhD is an author, organizational consultant and facilitator, executive coach and coach trainer. She is president of the Inquiry Institute, a consulting, coaching, and educational organization. She is an Adjunct Professor of Leadership in the School of Public Affairs at American University and is part of the faculty of the Institute for Life Coach Training, the Adler Institute, and Expedition Coaching. She is also a coach with the Society of Organizational Learning.

Question Thinking, Marilee’s integrative, transdisciplinary model for learning, growth, development and change, is at the core of her work in coaching. Her models and writings are mandated or recommended by many coach training institutes, and are used by coaches all around the world, including keynote presentations for the International Coach Federation (ICF). Dr. Adams’ published works include books, book chapters, and articles. These include Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching, and Life, 3nd edition, an international bestseller which is a business fable about coaching; Teaching that Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning, which won a Gold Medal IPPY Publishers Award; and The Art of the Question: A Guide to Short-Term Question-Centered Therapy.

Marilee’s book chapters include: “The Practical Primacy of Questions” in Action Learning and Its Applications, Present and Future and she co-authored, with Dr. David Cooperrider and Dr. Schiller, “With Our Questions We Make the World” in Advances in Appreciative Inquiry—Constructive Discourse and Human Organization. She also co-authored with Dr. Cynda Rushton, an article in Advanced Critical Care Nursing entitled “Asking Ourselves and Others the Right Questions: A Vehicle for Understanding, Resolving, and Preventing Conflicts between Clinicians, Patients, and Families.


The Choice Map—An Integrative Model for Co-Creating the Future of Coaching
Why do we love and believe in coaching so much? What is fundamental about coaching that makes it so powerful for learning, growth and change for individuals as well as for organizations? How can we collectively design the future of coaching so that it fulfills its potential to contribute to a positive future for us all? Dr. Adams will help us begin to address these questions by bringing alive an integrative change model that she has used internationally for over 20 years for coaching and coach training and in consulting with teams and organizations large and small, including in education, healthcare, and government.

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