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Mary Jo Asmus

Mary Jo Asmus is an executive coach and a recovering corporate executive who has spent the past 12 years as president of Aspire Collaborative Services, an executive consulting firm.
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From Fear to Compassion: Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

January 20, 2017 Your work as a leader is stressful, with too much on your plate. This constant stress causes you to experience a never-ending fear of failure. Sound familiar? It’s a terrible way to live and the situation is impacting your health. Cortisol is pouring into your system, causing poor decisions, increasing...

Now’s the Time to Lead With Grace and Compassion

December 22, 2016 Like so many, I woke up on the morning of November 9 anxious to hear the final results of the election. I spent the day in a fog of confusion and a whole lot of other emotions that prevented a productive work day. My husband, adult daughters and their partners...

Your Impatience May Be Undermining Your Ability to Manage

December 20, 2016 Are you one of those leaders who moves quickly and deliberately while getting impatient that others (your direct reports, peers, or other stakeholders) aren’t matching your stride? They can see your impatience, whether you realize it or not. Your behavior is giving you away in these ways: You are “short”...

Your Meetings Should Include Less Talk

July 1, 2016 You need to have more meetings with less talking—and more silence. Maybe you’ve experienced the awkward moment when nobody has anything to say. Relationships may not be fully established yet, or the room becomes silent because someone said something that was out of the box and nobody knows what to...

10 Ways to Foster Relationships in 10 Minutes or Less

June 24, 2016 I often hear from leaders that they have higher priorities on their plate than making connections with others. The truth is that things don’t get done if you don’t connect to the people who are contributing to those deadlines and bottom-lines. Why would others care about you and the organizational...

How to Model and Encourage Well-Being

December 24, 2015 Flat organizations, new technology, increased competition, and greater complexity define workplaces today. These are only a few of the things that have made your life and the lives of your employees difficult. You work inhumane hours, receive hundreds of e-mails a day, and strive to make your quarterly goals while...

Go Beyond Listening to Make Others Feel Heard

December 9, 2015 You’ve discovered the importance of really listening to those who support you, and that’s great. Listening is a powerful tool for leaders, but making sure that people feel heard is even more powerful. Think about the last time you felt heard. You might recall that you felt included and involved...

Courage Is a Muscle. Exercise It.

September 17, 2015 It’s easy to deceive yourself that your ability to be courageous isn’t an issue for you. In your rational mind, you may avoid stepping into conflict, decisions and speaking truth with (what you believe to be) logic. When self-deception happens, you can miss opportunities to make a difference in your...

When You Have to Lead People You Don’t Like

September 11, 2015 It’s happened to you, as it happens to all of us at some point. You have an employee (or more) that you manage who is challenging you. When you’re honest with yourself, you just don’t like them and this bothers you. They are “average” at their work yet you sense...

5 Leadership Behaviors to Move Up on Your List

July 31, 2015 Many leaders drive others harder than they need to. What results is a constant push for their team to achieve those goals. Meetings consist of checking the lists of things to be fixed and get done now. Recently I listened with awe as leaders described a change of heart following...

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