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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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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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