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What’s different between you and your CEO?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 24, 2018

In a recent blog, I asked for podcast recommendations so I wanted to start by acknowledging all of you who responded to my last email with your own podcast recommendations – THANK YOU! I’m trying to upload some of them currently to my iPhone and making my way through so I appreciate the suggestions. Perhaps in…

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Do you prefer Uber or Lyft? I always use…

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 26, 2018

As we barrel headlong into the holiday season, I wanted to take an opportunity to share my gratitude that you remain part of my leadership community. I love sharing my learnings with you and then hearing yours in return. So please feel free to hit reply (now or anytime) and let me know your thoughts! My last…

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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 12, 2015

Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated? I do! I recently went back home in Chicago at the same time as one of my oldest friends. We met for breakfast and as I was modifying my order, I made a joke to the waitress (who was definitely younger than me) that I was just like Sally.

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how honest should you be at work

How Honest Should You Be at Work?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 5, 2015

Recently, on a trip home, I found a newly framed note in my Dad’s study. It read: Art, I know it was apparent I didn’t like hearing it, but I needed to. Thanks for saying it. When I asked him about it – he told me this story from 35 years ago in his career.

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How Does Your Personal Appearance Affect Your Leadership?

How Does Your Personal Appearance Affect Your Leadership?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 12, 2015

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the first ever Women’s Leadership conference called ‘Lead On’ put on by Watermark in the Bay Area. Not only was it fabulous to reconnect with some close friends there, but it was motivating to be with so many women passionate about leadership.

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Going Up? The Secret To Navigating Career Growth and Ambition

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 8, 2015

“Going Up?” This the common reframe you hear as you step into an elevator. This past week I spent 3 days masterminding with colleagues at the San Jose Doubletree Hilton. I noticed immediately that my room on the 7th floor was on the HHonors floor.

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What To Do When Your Big Idea Scares You

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 21, 2015

It’s January. This is the time of resolutions, fresh starts and big visions. For some people, the new year offers a chance to reflect and set new goals. For others, it serves as a new reminder that the time is now to act on your big goal.

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How to Improve Leadership Skills: Are You Making these Little-Known Mistakes?

How to Improve Leadership Skills: Are You Making these Little-Known Mistakes?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 13, 2014

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” —Lao Tzu

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What Should You Do About Negative Feedback (Especially When It’s Personal)

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 30, 2014

“Across 248 reviews from 28 companies, managers, whether male or female, gave female employees more negative feedback than they gave male employees. Second, 76 percent of the negative feedback given to women included some kind of personality criticism, such as comments that the woman was “abrasive,” “judgmental” or “strident.” Only 2 percent of men’s critical…

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3 Strategies for Dealing With A Challenging Work Relationship

3 Strategies for Dealing With A Challenging Work Relationship

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 23, 2014

I have a 6 year old daughter. Why am I telling you this? I want you to understand why I’ve seen Frozen multiple times and know the whole soundtrack by heart. I’m really not a Disney princess fanatic, I just. . . . have a 6 year-old daughter.

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