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Mary Jo Asmus

Mary Jo Asmus is an executive coach and a former corporate executive who has spent the past 16 years as president of Aspire Collaborative Services LLC.
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The Benefits of Listening More

August 16, 2018 I was young and relatively new to the professional work world, with an abundance of motivation and drive. The executive I was reporting to inherited me and the work I was doing in a reorganization. When I would meet with him, he didn’t ask about me or my work, what...

Get Out of the Weeds to Lead People

July 27, 2018 Many employees are promoted into management positions because their knowledge and expertise have made them successful in the work they do. The problem is that a management position doesn’t always fit their passion. People managers have to lead people, and not everyone is motivated to do that. At some point,...

When to Step Up and When to Step Back

July 3, 2018 Some leaders think that they need to be out front and leading at every moment. They simply can’t help themselves, feeling the need to overwhelm and dazzle everyone with their leadership prowess. Others hold back, staying quiet and never really stepping up to their own brilliance as leaders. You should...

How Small Acts of Kindness Show Courage—And Leadership

June 22, 2018 By definition, a leader is a trailblazer—someone who does things others don’t do, often because they are the right things to do. These don’t have to be heroic acts. Most likely, they are small, daily acts of kindness. Think about it: When was the last time you showed courage? Moments...

Be a Role Model Like Tom Hanks

June 6, 2018 Tom Hanks is well respected in the world of acting: he’s played roles as varied as a teenage boy in an adult body (“Big”); a slow witted but kind man who does fantastic things (“Forrest Gump”); and a pilot who saves his passengers by landing his plane on a river...

Examine the Beliefs That No Longer Serve You

June 1, 2018 Because of who you are and how you’ve lived in the world, you carry beliefs with you that may no longer serve you in your leadership role (or your life). It’s good to be aware of what those beliefs are and realize when they need to be held tightly or...

Good Managers Understand the Concept of Psychological Safety

May 11, 2018 Greg, a manager in a large company asked for his employees to be open with him. That didn’t go over well since he regularly dressed down those who came to him with bad news or mistakes they’d made. He was particularly adept at cutting these employees off mid-explanation and going...

Love: It’s What Makes a Leader a Leader

May 3, 2018 Subaru took a bold move in the world of marketing cars a few years back. They added the word, “Love” to the front end of their slogan, “It’s what makes a Subaru”. It was bold because who uses the word “love” in the business world? Subaru sales were in a...

Why You Should Coach People

April 27, 2018 Organizations are increasingly teaching leaders to coach their subordinates (and sometimes each other). I want to believe that this isn’t a passing fad, because there are good reasons for leaders to learn how to coach others in the workplace. To be clear, the real definition of coaching has little to...

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...