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 or 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?


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Mary Jo Asmus is the founder and President of Aspire Collaborative Services LLC, an executive coach, writer, internationally recognized thought leader, and a consultant who partners with organizations of all kinds to develop and administer coaching programs. She has “walked in your shoes” as a former leader in a Fortune company.

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