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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 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...

When Your Team Is Silent

June 19, 2015 You’re leading team meetings regularly and you’re frustrated. Even though you consider yourself a collaborative leader, you’ve noticed that when you invite your team to participate in discussions you’re often met with silence. They stare back at you. Not much is coming out of their mouths’ that’s helpful to the...

The Shocking Truth About 360-Degree Feedback

June 9, 2015 The leader and I sit quietly dissecting the 360 report she holds in her hands. This is an esteemed and seasoned leader who had spent years managing others and was now a manager of managers. She sits across from me, trying to understand the feedback in the report. I sense...

Leaders Rarely Do What It Takes to Develop Others

March 31, 2015 There are some myths about what it means for leaders to develop the people they’re responsible for leading. Here's the reality behind a few of them: Developing others doesn’t belong to human resources, talent management, organizational development, or whatever other helpful organization you may have access to, although they can...

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