Leadership Lessons from DNA Scientists

I attended a teleconference last week where the speaker (wish I could remember his name!) spoke of leaders who lose perspective because they fail to ask for input. In other words, they see themselves as the smartest person in the room. It catches up with them eventually. He told the Story of Watson and Crick, […]

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Leadership in the Balance

From West Michigan Business Review, July 3, 2008Written by Mary Jo Asmus “Entropy,” a term used in physics and chemistry, is a measure of disorder in a system. To decrease entropy and restore order, energy must be drawn from outside a physical or chemical system. Similarly, when a leader is out of balance, she may […]

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Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs

I picked up this great little book recently. It was edited by Smith Magazine, an online storytelling site (very interesting by the way – check it out). “Not Quite What I Was Planning” is a collection of six word memoirs that people put on the site. Fascinating. Poignant. Quick read (pick it up for a […]

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What I've Learned About What Leadership is Not

When talking to others (including some clients), these are some of their perceptions about leadership: Leadership is about telling others what to do Leadership is about telling others how do do it Leaders are born, not made Leaders are those who are promoted to the right position in an organization or community Leaders are always […]

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A Life at Work, by Thomas Moore

After months of being distracted by my life at work, I was able to complete Thomas Moore’s current book, “A Life at Work”. Mr. Moore is the author of “Care of the Soul”, a favorite of mine. This current book appealed to me as I’ve had many executive clients who are looking for meaning in […]

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Seeing Your Role in the Issue

Leaders can complain forever about all of that negative “stuff” that is out there in her organization or community – “stuff” that she believes as beyond her control or as belonging to someone else. Until she sees her “role” in the dilemma, the problems continue or get worse. An intentional leader will ask “What role […]

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Try Shut Up and Listen Meetings

Copyright 2008 Business Review West Michigan by Mary Jo Asmus Many of my clients are terrible listeners. However, very few of them know or believe this when we begin working together. Generally, the poor listening skills I see in one-on-one meetings with my executive clients is played out in the workplace, and it can have […]

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A College with Developing Leaders in Mind?

Incoming Bentley College president Gloria Cordes Larson says she wants her graduates to “be ethically grounded leaders who combine left brain analysis and business process skills with right brain qualities of creativity, empathy, and an appreciation for other perspectives.” (Source: Boston Globe, 3/29/08) www.aspire-cs.com

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