Thought-full Thursday: Noble Aspirations


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. 


“All the leaders I have known have a high degree of optimism and a low degree of pessimism. They are, as Confucius said, “purveyors of hope”. Look at Reagan; in a way, look at Clinton and Martin Luther King, Jr. These are people who have held out an idea of what we could become and made us proud of ourselves, created noble aspirations – sometimes audacious, but noble. Leaders have to express in an authentic way that there is a future for our nation and that you have a part in developing that future with me”. ~Warren Bennis

  • What is the great hope that you have for your organization?
  • What noble, (maybe even audacious) aspirations do you have for your employees?
  • What part will employees and customers play in your organization’s future?
  • How will you invite others to have a part in developing that future with you?


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.