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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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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...

Six Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less to Be More Productive

March 23, 2015 I am naturally driven to push through a challenge. When my work to-do list looks like a mass of deadlines, I sacrifice many other important things for the sake of getting it all done. When I’m sick, tired, or unfocused I like to pretend I’m the Energizer Bunny, continuing to...

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...