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The Power of Second-Order Thinking

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 26, 2024 |

Have you ever thought you had the perfect solution only to realize it wasn’t as easy as you initially thought? In my executive coaching practice, I often see my clients jump straight to implementing new solutions, especially during reorgs or when moving people around. They focus on the desired outcome and the immediate fix, which…

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Have You Done Your Personal SWOT Analysis for 2024?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 9, 2024 |

By now your function or group at work has probably finished its strategic plan and 2024 forecast. What about your own future? How far out are you thinking about your life, trends in your industry, and what might be around the corner? The Institute For The Future found that more than a quarter of Americans say that they rarely…

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Is It Time to Reevaluate Your Context?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 19, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on context and shifting priorities the image shows a woman sitting in front of a computer screen bored

Have you found yourself doing something without knowing why you’re doing it? Are you finding that the things that were important to you, no longer seem to have meaning? Recently I had a thought-provoking conversation with a fellow coach about how easily the context of our actions can shift without us even noticing. As circumstances…

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How candid are you really?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 6, 2018 |

I’m writing this blog from one of my favorite places in my world which is Carmel, California. Although the weather is cold and overcast today, I can still feel my whole body relax in this cozy coastal town. What are the places where you can feel your shoulders drop and your mind clear of the…

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What are YOUR rules to live by?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 8, 2018 |

I read this interesting blog post by Seth Godin several months ago on what are Bonnie’s rules for being a better client of website design services.  They include gems like the following: White space is your friend Be open to things you didn’t imagine Nothing takes a second Tell me the problem, not the solution Then I…

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My First Advice Column

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 26, 2018 |

 I’ve always wanted to secretly be an advice columnist so I was thrilled when I got this email: “This is NOT urgent, but it is a compliment … Given that you read and listen to everything, (ed note: not everything but I do try to stay up-to-date) I wanted to kindly, graciously request Dr. Jo’s Recommended Top 5 Book (or articles)…

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