About Our Company

We are an Executive Search, Coaching, and Leadership Development company that offers the art, heart, and science of recruiting and coaching to top-tier companies and individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.

Founded in 2000, Archer & Associates provides targeted, customized executive coaching and career coaching to highly capable people. We also offer executive search and leadership development services and training to companies all over the world. Our unique approach helps our clients make positive forward motion on their road to success.

Archer & Associates is certified by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). We offer specialized and targeted support for women who are ready to move into executive roles.

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Several things stand out about our experience with Archer. They take the time to learn about your business. A deep and broad understanding of your business is critical for finding the best people for your business. They also have an extensive network of people to tap into. Archer knows the players. And they thoroughly research and interview candidates in depth, so you get a 3D view of candidates instead of a 2D view. In short, I highly recommend Archer.

– Marty Steyer, Founder & CEO, Steyer & Associates

Our Vision and Mission

Our mission is to coach and recruit extraordinary people and to help them contribute to their highest purpose. We envision a world where people are valued and exceptional companies are created and thrive.

Our Giving

We believe in giving back to our community and helping to make the world a better place by offering others our talent and energy.

Ann-Marie Archer is active in many organizations:

  • On the Board of Directors for Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
  • On the Executive Leadership Team for IgniteWA, a digital equity and readiness initiative for small businesses
  • Contributing member and former co-chair of the Executive Women in Technology (EWIT) of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
  • Teaches Performance Management at Bellevue College
  • Coaches the CIO and many other leaders in Washington State government

Speaking Engagements

Ann-Marie Archer is available for hire as a speaker on a variety of topics related to executive search, coaching, leadership development, and women executives. An engaging and lively speaker, Ann-Marie is a connector, voice of clarity, and purpose-finder who inspires others to find their courage. She is dedicated to guiding people and companies to their true purpose, forging connections, and elevating people so they find more meaning and success in their work.

Our Book Recommendations

We get asked all the time by our clients to recommend books about coaching, finding a career you love, and many other topics. Here’s a list of the books we like. We hope you find them helpful. You can get these books on Amazon Marketplace or from your local bookseller. Let us know if you find any gems that aren’t on the list!

Starting a New Job

The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins

Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success. By walking you through every aspect of the transition scenario, Watkins identifies the most common pitfalls new leaders encounter and provides the tools and strategies you need to avoid them. You’ll learn how to secure critical early wins, an important first step in establishing yourself in your new role. Each chapter also includes checklists, practical tools, and self-assessments to help you assimilate key lessons and apply them to your own situation.

Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction by Laura Berman Fortgang

In Now What? pioneering life coach Laura Berman Fortgang shares the process that she has used to help hundreds of clients make major changes in their lives. Whether it’s moving on from a dead-end job, discovering an entirely new creative outlet, or answering the age-old question “What am I meant to do with my life?” this book provides a clear and practical ninety-day program that can help you make major changes in your life.

Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra

In this powerful book, Herminia Ibarra presents a new model for career reinvention that flies in the face of everything we’ve learned from “career experts.” While common wisdom holds that we must first know what we want to do before we can act, Ibarra argues that this advice is backward. Knowing, she says, is the result of doing and experimenting. Career transition is not a straight path toward some predetermined identity, but a crooked journey along which we try on a host of “possible selves” we might become.


First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its revolutionary study of more than 80,000 managers in First, Break All the Rules, revealing what the world’s greatest managers do differently. With vital performance and career lessons and ideas for how to apply them, it is a must-read for managers at every level.

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best-selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.

Death By Meeting by Patrick Lencioni

Best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides readers with another powerful and thought-provoking book, this one centered around a cure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modern business: bad meetings.  And what he suggests is both simple and revolutionary.

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides.

The Three Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan

A proven system for rallying all of an organizations’ employees around a new vision and ideas for making the vision stick.

Create New Futures by Aviv Shahar

This book is framed around two questions: “What creates new futures?” and “How can you and your team or your family co-create the best possible future?” The author has had the privilege of teaching in countries all over the world and helping senior executive teams re-gear and reinvigorate some of the most admired companies in business today.

The goal of this book is to awaken readers to the opportunities presented by their own inquiry about the future, and to encourage them to unleash the full potential of their creative power by practicing the art of conversation. Throughout this journey, Aviv shares his discoveries, and the strategies and frameworks he has applied to help senior executives and their teams achieve extraordinary breakthroughs that led to game-changing results.


The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.


Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott

The master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, Susan Scott, wants her readers to succeed. To do that, she explains, one must transform everyday conversations employing effective ways to get the message across. In this guide, which includes exercises and tools to take you step by step through the Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations, Scott teaches readers how to: Overcome barriers to meaningful communication; Expand and enrich conversations with colleagues, friends, and family; Increase clarity and improve understanding; Handle strong emotions-on both sides of the table.

Getting To Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury

Getting to Yes offers a proven, step-by-step strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict. Thoroughly updated and revised, it offers readers a straight- forward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting angry-or getting taken.

Self Discovery

Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with agrowth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.

Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, Chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder® Profile, the product of a 25-year, multi-million-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant “themes” with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success. In developing this program, Gallup has conducted psychological profiles with more than two million individuals to help readers learn how to focus and perfect these themes.

Go Put Your Strengths To Work by Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham’s books have guided millions to become top performers in everything they do by focusing on their strengths. In Go Put Your Strengths to Work, a Wall Street Journal bestseller in hardcover, Buckingham will show you how to hone and apply your strengths for maximum success in your career.

Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work—in fact, only seventeen percent of the workforce believe they use all of their strengths on the job. Go Put Your Strengths to Work aims to change that through a six-step, six-week experience that will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths. Buckingham shows you how to seize control of your assets and rewrite your job description under the nose of your boss.

Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

The joy of intimacy–with yourself, with others, and with the whole universe. The long-awaited first book from a prominent modern American Zen teacher. For Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, intimacy is what Zen practice is all about: the realization of the essential lack of distinction between self and other that inevitably leads to wisdom and compassionate action. She approaches the practice of intimacy beginning at its most basic level–the intimacy with ourselves that is the essential first step. She then shows how to bring intimacy into our relationships with others, starting with those dearest to us and moving on to those who don’t seem dear at all. She then shows how to grow in intimacy so that we include everyone around us, all of society, the whole world and all the beings it contains. Each chapter is accompanied by practices she uses with her students at the Village Zendo for manifesting intimacy in our lives.

The Mind’s Own Physician by Kabat Zinn Davidson

By inviting the Dalai Lama and leading researchers in medicine, psychology, and neuroscience to join in conversation, the Mind & Life Institute set the stage for a fascinating exploration of the healing potential of the human mind. The Mind’s Own Physician presents in its entirety the thirteenth Mind and Life dialogue, a discussion addressing a range of vital questions concerning the science and clinical applications of meditation: How do meditative practices influence pain and human suffering? What role does the brain play in emotional well-being and health? To what extent can our minds actually influence physical disease? Are there important synergies here for transforming health care, and for understanding our own evolutionary limitations as a species?

Edited by world-renowned researchers Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson, this book presents this remarkably dynamic interchange along with intriguing research findings that shed light on the nature of the mind, its capacity to refine itself through training, and its role in physical and emotional health.

To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue

From the author of the bestselling Anam Cara comes a beautiful collection of blessings to help readers through both the everyday and the extraordinary events of their lives.

John O’Donohue, Irish teacher and poet, has been widely praised for his gift of drawing on Celtic spiritual traditions to create words of inspiration and wisdom for today. In To Bless the Space Between Us, his compelling blend of elegant, poetic language and spiritual insight offers readers comfort and encouragement on their journeys through life. O’Donohue looks at life’s thresholds—getting married, having children, starting a new job—and offers invaluable guidelines for making the transition from a known, familiar world into a new, unmapped territory. Most profoundly, however, O’Donohue explains “blessing” as a way of life, as a lens through which the whole world is transformed. O’Donohue awakens readers to timeless truths and shows the power they have to answer contemporary dilemmas and ease us through periods of change.

Why Meditate? by Matthieu Ricard

Wherever he goes, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is asked to explain what meditation is, how it is done, and what it can achieve. In this elegant, authoritative, and entirely accessible book, he sets out to answer these questions.

The Energy of Money by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D.

In The Energy of Money, Dr. Nemeth, who received an Audio Publishers Award for her Sounds True series on which this book is based, draws upon her more than twenty years’ experience in synthesizing spiritual and practical techniques for managing yourself and your work to create a revolutionary program that can free your financial energy and use it to achieve personal life goals and financial wealth.

Book descriptions are from Amazon.com.