About Us


We work with top leaders and their teams, who want to build drama-free cultures that drive growth and reduce costly mistakes.


To help people become the creative force in their own life.


Create drama-free cultures

Improve communication and relationships


High level leaders seek Marlene’s expertise as a thought partner, advisor or coach when going through periods of transition or change. Organizations seek Marlene’s leadership development courses to teach mid-level and senior leaders the strategic communication skills to initiate conversations that get results and increase accountability.

She’s the author of four books, including Stop Workplace Drama; No-Drama Leadership; 7 Ways to Stop Drama in Your Healthcare Practice, and From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading.

Marlene is an expert on the LinkedIn Learning platform offering courses in Anger Management; Difficult Conversations; Difficult Conversations for Managers, and Working with High Conflict People as a Manager.

Marlene has a degree in Communications from Drury University and a master’s degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University. She’s an advanced practitioner in Narrative Coaching.


“The best leadership lesson from today's session was Marlene Chism's step by step process of conflict resolution."

Brad Hake, Owner of Express Employment Professionals (Chattanooga, TN)

"I run two Express Employment franchises and Marlene Chism's No-Drama Leadership approach has given me the business results that I want."

Terri Greeno, Owner at Express Employment Professionals (Crystal Lake, IL)

"Great leadership session. Drama, which is part of every business is something that you can overcome if you learn how to understand where conflict comes from and how you can turn it into constructive interaction."

David Burlis, Owner at Express Employment Professionals (Greater St Louis Area)