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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-coaching firm that manages Fortune 500 corporate-coaching initiatives and coaches leaders to prepare them for bigger and better things.

The leaders I know and love are successful and well-meaning. However, they have the potential to be even more successful if they pay attention to seemingly good behaviors that can have unintended consequences.

They want to help others, and they’re dedicated to the success of their organizations. But sometimes their good intentions can go awry because of well-meaning behaviors toward others that are causing problems within the organization.[…] Continue Reading »

I once interviewed for a position where the hiring manager interrogated me mercilessly. The immediate impression I had of him as a leader was not favorable. My concern was that he would be overly demanding to his staff and possibly a micro-manager. I thought he’d be very tough (in an unfavorable way) to work for.

Luckily, I spoke with some of his direct reports to find out more about him after the interview.[…] Continue Reading »

Adrian had been looking for a solution to an issue at work in her head for months (and months). She was, in her words, a perfectionist who was looking for a way to control the issue without negative consequences. She didn’t just ponder how to deal with it, she obsessed about it. It was beginning to impact her leadership and her personal relationships.[…] Continue Reading »

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The company I worked for in my first professional position gave all of the employees a ham for the holidays. Although I was grateful and surprised to receive anything at all, there was a bit of dismay for this gift because:

  • They didn’t ask me what I wanted
  • My salary was barely a living wage
  • Management treated employees as a commodity, with firings for minor transgressions
  • I was vegetarian (but was able to donate my ham to someone who could use it)

The next company I worked for was a wonderful place to work.[…] Continue Reading »

I sat with two leaders in one of the last meetings we’d have. Six months of hard work by these two dedicated leaders who were leaders at odds with each other in an organization had paid off, and we were discussing what they’d learned.

These were not the same two people I saw in the beginning: blaming each other for the breakdown, angry, and worn down by fighting for their way.[…] Continue Reading »