RI Authors Showcase – Meet Mary O’Sullivan

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Mary T. O’Sullivan

Mary O’Sullivan has over 30 years of leading, writing, and editing experience in the aerospace and defense industry. In each of her roles, she wrote entire sections of major defense-related proposals and business development material. Also, as a leader, she acted as a change agent, moving teams and individuals from status quo to higher levels of performance, through offering solutions focused on changing behaviors and fostering growth. She is also an experienced speaker and executive coach.

Currently, Mary is a weekly contributing writer to Rhode Island News Today, a daily digital news magazine. In addition, she regularly contributes her work to Providence Business News, as well as Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global.

Mary is an International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach and a Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional. She is also a certified Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner and a certified EQ1-2.0 and EQ360 Practitioner.

In her leadership and executive coaching roles, Mary focuses on improving executive behaviors that impede high performance and enhance growth, such as soft skills, effective communication, and micro-bias awareness. She has successfully supported leaders such as attorneys, surgeons, pharmacists, and university professors, make career decisions that lead to success.

Her first book, The Leader You Don’t Want to Be: Transform Your Leadership Style from ‘Command and Control’ to ‘Transformative Visionary’ is now available at several Rhode Island booksellers and all digital bookselling outlets. Her companion book, The Field Guide, recently debuted on Amazon as a workbook to enhance the reader’s experience with the original book, offering practical, actionable steps to make a toxic workplace survivable.

Mary’s book is available at www.visionaryleaderbook.com where you’ll find a free download of the companion workbook. And you can visit her website here: https://www.encoreexecutivecoaching.com/

The book is based on the academic papers Mary wrote for her master’s degree and her university-based coach training, along with articles written for RINewsToday.com. Much of the subject matter is about Mary’s experience working in corporate America. She tells stories of the good, the bad, and the ugly side of working in large companies. Many are unbelievable stories you couldn’t make up (like chasing an original pen and ink signature because the reviewer refused to accept an electronic one. And the client was located in Spain! When the signature finally came in, the entire document was in Spanish.)  This story is but one of many Mary shares with her readers. Mary wrote this book to underline the perils and confusion of a bureaucratic organization and how people can easily get lost in the maze. 

Mary has generously offered to give away one copy of her book and the companion workbook. To be eligible, leave a comment below or answer the following question: What’s the worst job you ever had?

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

16 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Mary O’Sullivan

  1. I think I have been pretty lucky! I work as a speech therapist and have worked in many settings. I honestly can’t think of any job that I have disliked since I started working at 16

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  2. I think I have been pretty lucky! I work as a speech therapist and have worked in many settings. I honestly can’t think of any job that I have disliked since I started working at 16

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  3. During my jobs life, I’ve had the opportunity to observe both the management and labor side of things, and had my career continued along that path, your book would have been a priceless asset! The best and toughest job I ever had was being the Mother of an Autistic child (and that’s ongoing). The worst job I ever had (though I didn’t give it much of a chance) was making boxes in a cheese snack company. Even the bathrooms were coated with bright orange cheese powder! Ewww.

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  4. When I was 14, I worked at the tomatoe sheds on Johns Island. It was hot as could be. I sorted the tomatoes on a continous, moving conveyor belt. Green tomatoes on the top belt and over ripe on the bottom. Within in an hour, I was so dizzy, got sick and had to get my Mom to pick me up.

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  5. So many extraordinary accomplishments in your career that make for wonderful writing material of great interest to all of us! One of my worst jobs was the summer of my last year in high school before leaving for college. I worked the grave yard shift as they called it, 11:00 p.m. till 7:00 a.m. at Tupperware in Blackstone, MA. My job was inspecting plastic bowls. At the end of the night I had a full barrel that seemed to have the blemishes they showed us to look for but the supervisor put them all back in the good pile in the morning! What a long summer that was!

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  6. The worst job I had was selling wigs at Kmart, well, it was the worst because I got the job and when I went to work, they told me I wasn’t scheduled to work, so go figure that. That was my first and last day there.

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  7. The worst job ever but didn’t have to be was working the night shift in a senior living hospital. There wasn’t time to chat with the seniors that wanted to converse. We weren’t trained to socialized with the seniors. It was basically just cleaning up after them and changing their beds. It was a depressing job for me. I only lasted a month there. I was attending college then.

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  8. When I was in college (a hundred years ago), a summer job putting square pegs in round holes (really) in an electronics factory. But some absolutely wonderful jobs and a career that followed.

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  9. My worst job was when I was newly married to someone in the air force and nineteen years old. I worked part-time at a department store in Laredo, Texas. The owner of the store kept asking me if I wanted to go to his house. He knew I was newly married, but he still kept asking me out.:-( I probably should write a novel or a poem about this experience. 🙂

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  10. Will look for you at the ARIA Expo in December. And I thought I had a lot of titles and certificates during my career in finance before writing!! Quite a few ARIA members are not novelists, so you are in good company!!

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  11. My worse job was working at a dentist office that was purchased from a great dentist office. When a dentist retires, he sells his practice to another dentist. With all of his help going to the new dentist. And he just made us miserable so we would quit. So he didn’t have to pay unemployment benefits.

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  12. My worst job was a part time job working at a small clothing store in PA to help extend my unemployment benefits from being laid off from my full-time industrial engineering job. My job was to pick up after the customers who would leave the clothing in piles on the floor of the dressing room and also to refold other clothing in the rest of the store. I wasn’t there long before I was laid off. While I was still collecting unemployment and I had moved about an hour away, the owners tried to prevent me from collecting unemployment. I had no trouble continuing to collect once I explained that I had moved an hour away and did not have transportation.

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