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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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Be Realistic About Your Successes and Failures

April 3, 2018 Take a moment to think back on the leadership successes and failures you have experienced. Ask yourself, “Who is responsible for my successes?” and then, “Who is responsible for my failures?” Think broadly as you ponder those questions. It’s far too easy to take credit for success and blame others...

8 Unexpected Ways to Continue to Develop Yourself as a Leader

March 28, 2018 You’re a year or two into your dream leadership role and you know you are capable of more, but you don’t know where to start. After the first months of learning everything you needed to learn about your job you settled in. Yet you have a nagging feeling that something...

Why You Should Stop Interrupting People and Become a Generative Listener

January 16, 2018 There is a kind of non-listening that goes on in our society and organizations that is distracted and disjointed, and often marked by interruptions. This non-listening doesn’t focus on the person speaking. Rather, the listeners try their hardest to get their ideas into the conversation. If you’ve experienced this, you...

Effective Leadership Takes Heart as well as Smarts

December 29, 2017 Many leaders got where they are because they’re smart and had been successful in their work as individual contributors. When they become people leaders, they may continue to use their well-honed logical brain but forget that they are now leaders who also have to use their hearts in order to...

Are You Making a Difference?

December 27, 2017 Although leaders may get great personal satisfaction from leading a team that accomplishes greatness, it’s in giving to others that creates conditions for the work to be exceptional. That means that leaders who want to make a difference must put an effort into satisfying the needs of those who are...

How To Make Feedback a Developmental Opportunity

December 13, 2017 Many employees cringe at the thought of getting feedback from their manager. Who wouldn’t blame them? It tends to be overly critical, given with haste and without care, and confusing. So often, the feedback given is often useless to the receiver. Wouldn’t it be great if your feedback could have...

Coaching Is About More Than Asking Questions

November 24, 2017 I’ve seen a lot written about how important it is for managers to coach the people around them. Often, the enthusiasm about coaching is anchored in leaders asking more questions rather than telling others what to do. Asking, not telling, is an admirable way to lead others, and is an...

When Employees Screw Up, Don’t Screw Up Your Response

September 7, 2017 If there is one thing employees fear at work, it’s being shamed for the mistakes they make. Few things are worse than the sting of rejection that comes from being called out on slip-ups. It can have a negative effect on someone’s performance and life for a very long time....

Six Ways To Be a More Approachable Leader

September 3, 2017 Never underestimate the importance of being approachable to effectively managing your organization. When you are approachable, people can relate to you. They understand what is needed for success and are willing to do what it takes to get the work done. When others believe you are open to hearing what...

The Counter-Intuitive Nature of Slowing Down to Speed Up

May 11, 2017 We all know productivity is important. It fuels growth and bottom line results. So when you push people to move faster, shorten deadlines, and bring in new, more efficient technology, productivity will increase, right? Perhaps. There are some things that you might have neglected in your quest to be more...