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The One Thing For Growing Leaders

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 13, 2022 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Big Picture | The One Thing For Growing Leaders

What is one of the most common things that people need to work on when they are newly promoted?  Answer: you need to step out and get a bigger picture and widen your perspective. If you have got a promotion, chances are it’s because you are great at taking a project from start to completion.…

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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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 5, 2015 |
how honest should you be at work

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

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 30, 2014 |
what you should do about negative feedback

“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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