On June 8, Chris was Ripple Effect Leadership’s first guest blogger and shared his expertise and experience on: Life Decisions – Use a Compass. Learn a little more about Chris Asper’s witty and thoughtful take on leadership and life below:
Is there a documentary, presentation or article that really changed the way you thought about leadership?
My thoughts on leadership changed the most from two personal experiences. The first experience was in high school when a teacher tapped me on the shoulder to attend a Leadership Camp. This camp helped me to see myself as a leader. The second experience was the CTI Leadership Program. This program helped me learn how to influence myself, work better with others, and how to hold space.
What was the last book you read without skipping through anything?
“Positive Intelligence” by Shirzad Chamine. I believe that the self is the worst enemy we will ever face and the author provides information on how to identify the type of enemy and what he/she says, along with tactics on how to overcome it.
What are your top four values as a leader?
My top values as a leader are contribution, transparency, and authenticity. Contribution because leaders need to be aware of the impact they have on others. Transparency because I believe trust is created when you are open and upfront. Authenticity because I believe being who you are is the best way to create connection with others. For the sake of listing a fourth value, I’ll choose conciseness J.
Zip lining, Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?
Sky diving by a long shot… say 12,000 feet (pun intended). Nothing else compares to jumping from an airplane, rushing towards Earth at 120mph, and descending slowly to the surface when the parachute deploys.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
A professional accomplishment I am most proud of is completing the coaching program through CTI. For many years, I created excuses as to why I shouldn’t do it. On the first day of the first course, it felt like I was returning home. To overcome the negative self-talk and finally take the leap is what I am most proud of.
What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?
I’m driven by my belief that each of us is born with a talent/gift and that our purpose is to use it and empower others to make positive differences in their lives.
Which Super Hero do you identify with and why?
Physically, I identify most with Mighty Mouse. Sense of humour, I identify most with Dead Pool.
What are three albums that help define you or have shaped you as a person?
- “Low End Theory” by A Tribe Called Quest
- “Ready to Die” by Notorious BIG
- “Justified” by Justin Timberlake
If you had one suggestion about leadership to share with a colleague of a younger generation than you, what would it be?
Be bold to try something different. If you don’t try, you’ll never discover what you are capable of.
What is your spirit animal?
I resonate the most with the butterfly because of my belief in complete transformation.