At Think Straight. Talk Straight. we know how to help get you where you want to go—because we’ve been there ourselves. We’ve helped senior executives and professionals build upon their potential through quality leadership coaching and mentoring. And we will do the same for you and your team. We will give you the tools, the advice and the guidance you need to move forward.

Ed Maier is the Head Coach of Think Straight. Talk Straight. He believes in the value and potential of people and has a passion for helping individuals. As the Head Coach, you can trust that he will give it to you straight.

Ed’s experience in the business world is vast. In the first chapter of his professional life, Ed helped senior executives deal with business and financial issues while also working to develop his team. He served clients, trained and developed professionals, and led a regional practice of over 1400 people.

In the second phase of his career, Ed uses the experience and knowledge he gained as a leader to serve as a coach and speaker. It is his mission to help others find their own leadership compass and follow it accordingly. Ed has a true passion to help others, especially in one-on-one coaching situations.

Throughout his career, Ed has provided services to C-level and senior executives as a leadership coach, business advisor and partner in a global professional services firm. He has served start-up entrepreneurial businesses, middle market companies and multi-billion dollar global corporations—in both the public and private sectors. Over the years, Ed has coached and mentored numerous executives, partners and managers at various levels in the following industries: professional services, health care, retail, manufacturing, food processing, financial services, real estate and technology.

Ed has facilitated many meetings for his clients on a variety of topics. He has also spoken at seminars, conferences and training programs for The International Coach Federation, The Institute of Internal Auditors, Financial Executives International and others. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the DePaul University management program and lectured on ethics at the University of Iowa. Ed is a member of the International Coach Federation.

In addition to his extensive personal and professional development at Arthur Andersen, he has completed programs at The Aspen Institute, The Center for Creative Leadership, The Covey Leadership Center and The Association for Psychological Type. He’s been certified in the coaching processes of two recognized companies that provide such services.

As Head Coach of Think Straight. Talk Straight., Ed bundles formal development and business experience into a straightforward package that will help you grow your leadership performance.The combination of Ed’s people skills and business background is a great resource for any organization wishing to promote the value and potential of its people.


In addition to coaching, Ed is an active writer, having published over thirty newsletter articles on relevant topics within his field and has most recently published his first book. His straight-forward approach has inspired many successful leaders.

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