Archive for MaryJoAsmus SmartBlogs

Josh is a seasoned leader who identifies with being introverted. As such, he prefers to stay in his office, head down, only looking up to answer the phone or to acknowledge someone who is at his door. He’s a hard worker, he’s smart, and he gets lots of things done. He’s noticed that his team seems scattered, losing their sense of direction often.[…] Continue Reading »

Over the years, I’ve amassed a fair amount of information about what managers need to start and stop doing in order to be at their best as leaders. This information has been gathered through conversations (interviews) with bosses, peers, and direct reports of the managers both at the beginning of a coaching engagement and toward the end (to measure progress).[…] Continue Reading »

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 »