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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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Your Automatic Self Versus Your Aware Self

November 21, 2014 Bethany, a leader in a Fortune company, knew she had an issue with expressing quick and deadly (metaphorically speaking) anger. It would come out of nowhere in a flash that silenced her stakeholders. Dirk, the CEO of a nonprofit, interrupted people. He cut them off or talked over them to ...

The Power of Being Vulnerable

November 14, 2014 Vulnerable: Emotionally open to attack, harm, or damage. —Merriam-Webster.com We were young and old, male and female, leaders and coaches, sitting in a circle at the retreat center that houses a profound learning experience called Presence-Based Coaching. We were learning to learn from each other. When we started talking about ...

Are You an Approachable Leader?

June 26, 2014 When I interview people on the strengths and gaps of the leaders they work with, it’s not unusual to hear that the peers and direct reports may see a leader as aloof or unapproachable. Just being in senior management can compound the issue, since there is always that hierarchical block ...

How to Recognize the Signs of Your Need to Control

April 30, 2014 It’s mythical and alluring, that thing that you may secretly desire. It surfaces slowly and silently unseen, unheard and often unrecognized. It hides within the facade of your ego, growing larger with time while blinding you to its presence. Make no mistake. It will destroy you and your organization even ...