Thought-full Thursday: Intimacy with Work


Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five – enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. 


“We don’t come with our companies – they come with us, because no company or institution can amount to anything without the people who make it what it is. Our companies can never be anything we do not want ourselves to be.  When we look at work in that relationship to ourselves, we develop real intimacy with work, an intimacy that adds value to our work and our relationship.

We find intimacy through a search for comfort with ambiguity. We do not grow by knowing all of the answers, but rather by living the questions.”  

~Max DePree, Leadership is an Art

  • What does intimacy with your work mean to you?
  • What role does ambiguity play in your work? How does it assist you in developing “intimacy”?
  • What are the questions that you are living at work?


I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.