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Career Risks: How Do You Make the Leap?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 23, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on career risks the image shows a woman leaping across some rocks.

Last month I made the leap and got a new puppy. Other than the obvious cuteness factor, why I am sharing this? Well, recently I’ve been speaking with several clients who are contemplating risky moves in their careers and asking themselves is now the right time. Will I regret doing this down the road? Am…

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Amazing Leaders Ask These 3 Questions Every Day

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 26, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on questions amazing leaders ask every day, the image shows a yellow background with a pile of Post-Its with a question mark on the top one.

This article first appeared in Forbes An amazing leader I’ve worked with over several years just gave notice. It was time for a short sabbatical before finding her next purpose-driven pursuit. When she gave notice, members of her team cried when they heard, her org tried to delay her departure as long as possible, and…

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How Can You Improve Strategic Thinking?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 31, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on strategic thinking the image shows a woman's hand with a pen writing in a journal.

How can you develop better strategic thinking skills? Write it down! I’m sure you have those times when you know you need to think more deeply about something, you know it needs more strategy and work. If you’re like me, you probably tell yourself, “I’ll think about it when I’m in the car picking up…

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Leaning Into Risk When Decision-making

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 2, 2022 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach |Risk|Leaning Into Risk When Decision-making

Do you hate taking risks when making decisions? A bad outcome doesn’t mean you made a bad decision. One great piece of advice I learned from Annie Duke’s book, “Thinking in Bets” is how you need to separate the decision-making process from the outcome. This means you can make the best decision given all the…

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Are You Tripping Yourself Up?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 6, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Relationship Building | Executive Leadership Coach |Are you tripping yourself up?

This past summer, I had the joy of spending two summer weeks in Carmel, a place by the ocean I love. It was a working vacation but I made time every morning to walk along the ocean and on the beach. It got me to start my day with a gorgeous vista, it got my…

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Can An AI-Based Coach Increase Your Leadership IQ?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 19, 2019 |

This article was first published on After reading a recent Wall Street Journal article about the future of online coaching, I decided to test it out. I signed up for an AI-based coaching service for managers called LEADx. To begin, I answered a few questions and then started having a conversation with “Coach Amanda.”…

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When you are in over your head, do this!

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 15, 2019 |
Jo Ilfeld Executive Coach | Leadership Skills |

Imagine this scenario: My mom takes me to a spa (thanks Mom!) where there are lots of fitness activities to choose from. I, a very slow but determined jogger, show up to the spa’s trail run for all levels. “I’ll stay towards the back of the pack,” I think, “but what an amazing way to…

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Do you know about this leadership hack?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 8, 2018 |
what assessments can do for our leadership

I’m currently sitting at the back of the room during my weekend launch with my executive MBA class. In case you didn’t know, I teach Leadership Intelligence to the executive MBA cohort at Sonoma State University. (You might be wondering why I’m typing at the back of the room if I’m teaching – someone else…

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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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