After a year of watching a small group of mid-level managers increase workplace tension with passive aggressive behaviors towards each other, I needed a professional to help create the team we needed to succeed. Mary Jo was recommended to me by someone I trust and she brought an environment of compassionate honesty to the workshops. Whatever struggles those employees brought to the effort, Mary Jo seemed to always provide a path and new perspective towards solving the conflicts. Mary Jo offered the change in approach we needed to move beyond personalities to becoming an effective team.
My coaching experience was insightful, introspective, as well as inspirational. I left knowing that city management is not only my career, it is truly my passion.
I felt at ease with Mary Jo from the beginning. She followed up and held me accountable. It is easy to get so bogged down in the minutia of our jobs that we neglect those things that aren't on fire. Mary Jo reminded me that I, too, can prevent forest fires.
Mary Jo is a thought provoker who caused me to consider things from a new perspective.
Coaching really hit the mark for me. I highly recommend it for anyone at any stage in their career.
The coaching has been simply amazing!! My goals per my development plan were the following: increase listening skills, learn to practice patience, and to reduce the "harried" way I work and live.
Mary Jo has given me insight on how to be a better leader to my team. Frankly, her coaching has enabled me to be more productive at work and at home. She is insightful and provides great guidance. I have benefited tremendously from the coaching partnership.
I am truly learning and getting way more out of this, than I anticipated. Mary Jo has a unique skill set. In a short time, I feel she understands me, what I'm trying to accomplish and has a genuine interest in my development. I would love to learn this! I look forward to our meetings.
I am now spending time thinking about the impact I am having as a member and leader in my team. I recognized many of the growth areas already, but the coaching sessions gave me a mechanism and the time to focus on them and make progress. It also gave me lots of time to think about myself and what I care about.
The result (of work with Aspire) will be a better, more effective leader who makes greater contributions to business, to community, and to people.
Mary Jo has laid a great foundation for me to shift my mindset. She will meet you where you are, but the more willing you are to do the work, the more beneficial your time will be with her. When I am ready to work through my next big developmental challenge, I would not think twice about calling Mary Jo.
My coaching sessions have helped me to become more positive about my work and my team. I am more deliberate about my style and more confident in my plans and actions to help others grow.
The amount of energy and thought I put into my sessions with Mary Jo is multiplied in the benefits I get out of the sessions with her. She is a great support system for me as I go through a transition from manager to being a leader.
Through the experience of being coached, I have found ways to make a bigger impact in a short period of time. My team, my peers, and my manager have noticed a significant impact in how I lead.