What’s in a name?

Forty-five degrees is the optimal angle to launch an object the greatest distance with the least resistance.

How does that kernel of mathematics apply to your business — and personal — life? It’s the role that an executive coach plays: Helping to get you from where you are to where you want to be in the fastest way possible.

This is the core purpose that drives Diane Overgard and the 45 Degrees Executive Coaching team. They act as a sounding board to help professionals gain clarity, strengthen their resolve, build confidence, inspire new decision-making, and be held accountable for delivering results.

Our team works closely with executives, entrepreneurs, and business teams to provide the tools they need to realize their potential … and find clarity in their personal and professional lives.

How does it work?

There are four pillars that serve as the foundation of the 45 Degrees brand, and guide our process with each client:

Our executive coaches employ tools and exercises that help clients develop awareness of their strengths, values, passions, disappointments, and challenges. Every one of those components provides valuable information for doing the next phase of business – and life – well.

We help clients make sense out of complicated matters by first understanding the facts and laying out the puzzle pieces. Our team applies concrete visuals to abstract concepts so you’re able to envision the future and think more clearly about the steps ahead.

Practical action
Practical action is rolling up one’s sleeves and getting to the work of life. At the end of each coaching session clients are provided with an Action Plan; concrete steps are outlined to help achieve clearer thinking and changes in daily life.

What do you do when you’ve reached the top? New experiences and ongoing learning are key for successful leaders to keep setting their own bar higher, year after year. Our team helps business leaders redefine growth, and ensure the path forward aligns with personal fulfillment and wholeness.


Diane is an excellent career coach and I would highly recommend her to others looking for career change assistance. Diane was particularly helpful to me in clarifying my core career interests and strengths. She is very insightful, well organized and committed to facilitating your objectives. It was a pleasure to work with her.
Andrew M, Director of Finance / CFO
Fred has been a mentor and coach for me going on 10 years now. His guidance has helped me through many challenging situations and his coaching has helped me challenge myself and elevate my career. He is a big reason I have found success and enjoyment in my career and I've witnessed him have a similar impact on many others.
Timothy G., Manager Global Accounts
“I want to express my deep gratitude to you, Diane Overgard, for the expert coaching you gave me over the last several months. The changes I’ve made to my business and personal routines have produced exponential growth in new clients, income and attitude. In large part, my new success is due to the insights I gained from our work together and the support you gave me to take the steps needed for making change happen. Thank you for all that you do! I recommend your work to anyone who needs to make positive change in their life and business.”
Brad W, President/CEO
Fred has coached me to find what makes me happy in my career. He has helped develop my vision ... not to mention the immense support he has provided to help me reach my goals. He continues to be a partner in my success; I cannot thank him enough.
Natalie R., Key Account Manager.
I’m so thankful to the friend that recommended that initial conversation with Diane. I had no idea the difference the right ‘coach’ could make! Diane has helped me reflect on where I have been and where I want to be and has helped guide me to a better place both personally and professionally. She has an amazing ability to listen, pull out the most important pieces and then make suggestions that help you put them all in the right place. I highly recommend her if you know you want to make a positive change toward living a more fulfilled life.
Susan R, Executive Director NFP
Diane has a natural ability to help people see their own possibility. She has been more than a coach for me; she’s been a thought partner. My time with Diane has helped me define the steps that I need to take to make big changes. I’m certain with Diane as part of my team I will see big results. Thank you Diane.
Sandra P, Financial Advisor and Business Coach
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