Thought-full Thursday: Making Music From Mistakes


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


The capacity to blunder is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria, and there would be no music. ~Lewis Thomas


  • What mistakes have others made that you need to mine for the creativity it can inspire?
  • When have your own blunders become the spark of something new?
  • Consider a recent mistake that you or someone in your circle of influence has made. What music might come from it?

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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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