How Great Decisions Get Made

Take Charge Of Your Talent

Meet Don Maruska

As a founder and CEO of three Silicon Valley companies, venture investor, and recipient of the National Innovators Award, Don writes, speaks, and coaches from a broad base of experience. His lifelong passions for creativity, translating innovative ideas into practical applications, and bringing out the best in others stimulate his work. With two leading-edge books and specialized training as a Master Certified Coach, Don is now helping clients around the world succeed in their careers and organizations.

How Great Decisions Get Made Take Charge Of Your Talent

What People Are Saying About Don Maruska

  • Don Maruska embodies a rare professional combination: a blend of intellectual horsepower and creative instinct, analytic rigor and people skills, hard and soft. He has dedicated himself to inventing ever better methods for developing the right people into better performers.
    ~ Jim Collins, Author of Good To Great
  • Don's business building, coaching, and teamwork services have been very rewarding for me both personally and financially. Our investment has paid off many times over.
    ~ Bill Thoma, President of Thoma Electric
  • Don Maruska’s well-tested process makes it possible to reach high-quality decisions based on accessing everyone’s good thinking and greatest hopes.
    ~ Margaret J. Wheatley, Author of Leadership & The New Science
  • Don’s helped resolve some of the toughest land use issues in both coastal communities and desert areas. His approach has built lasting value for our organization, the resources we manage, and the public we serve.
    ~ Mike Pool, California State Director of the U.S. Bureau Of Land Management
  • I've seen a lot of business experts and consultants in my career, but none matches the quality and value we've gained from Don Maruska. Anything you've heard about him cannot do justice to the overwhelmingly positive impact Don will have on your business.
    ~ Jim Brabeck, President of Farm Supply Company
  • Don's coaching dramatically increased my productivity and efficiency in managing my growing law practice. He helped me get focused and centered on what's really important. His services definitely enabled me to implement my ideas and plans more quickly and to feel better about the results.
    ~ Mike Gilfix, Esq., Gilfix, LaPoll & Associates
  • Don is a brilliant coach and problem-solver. He is also simply a delight to work with; he offers up his extraordinary wisdom lightly. I would highly recommend Don to anyone who needs a sophisticated, powerful, understated guide.
    ~ Carol Head, President of Solve ME/CFS Initiative
  • Take Charge of Your Talent is an excellent framework to engage your employees in their own professional development. It is practical, scalable, and enticing. We implemented it at MindBody, and it fit perfectly with our culture and core values.
    ~ Rick Stollmeyer, CEO of MindBodyOnline
  • Our team members in 13 locations around the world reported an average 20% increase in use of their talent and a corresponding increase in job satisfaction. The team continues to bring new assets online and remains actively engaged. I highly recommend Don’s program.
    ~ Steve Brown, Managing Director of People Mobility at Accenture

Latest Articles

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Don’s speaking delivers memorable content in an engaging and fun way. Be sure to check out his Keynote with a Kicker. Participants put ideas into practice so that they take away not only valuable insights but also tangible results in applying them. Discover how your next event can make a lasting difference...


You’ll enjoy books and audio resources you can share with your whole team to deepen their understanding and retention of valuable ideas. Don also provides tailored handouts and exercises from 10 years of tested tools as author of the Business Success column, distributed through newspapers around the world...