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Good Lurks in Shadowing

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 3, 2015

By: Amy Donovan, CFO Alameda County Community Food Bank Editor’s note: I’ve had the true privilege of working with Amy for about 9 months now, so when she decided to write up her experiences, I was honored she wanted them to be shared widely with others. She shares so much great learning that many others…

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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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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are you in the bay area

Are You in the Bay Area?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 24, 2015

It feels like the height of immodesty to recommend yourself but here goes. . . I’m co-leading a workshop on October 14th for East Bay Haas Alumni (but all others are welcome) on Moving Up the Career Ladder: 3 Skills You Need to Stand-Out and Get Promoted. It’s being hosted by the Law firm, Wendel,…

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A 3-Step Process To Go From Meeting Fatigue to Meeting Magic

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 30, 2015

I work with a lot of highly analytical and smart people. (If you’re one of my past or present clients reading this – yes I mean you!) And one of their big frustrations is meetings!

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A Smile is a Frown When Upside Down

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 18, 2015

What do you see in this picture? I see a typical residential scene. A street of houses, people walking, cars driving by. Now turn 180 degrees with me. What do you see now?

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leadership rules for the age of complexity

Leadership Rules for the Age of Complexity

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 31, 2015

I was recently having coffee with a good friend (Happy Birthday Kathrin!) and we were discussing the biggest challenges business leaders face currently. Near the top among these challenges has to be managing all contradictions in today’s workplace, both internally for yourself and within your company.

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I’m Perfect Just The Way I Am… Or Am I?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 26, 2015

Recently I was sitting with a client and going over the results of an assessment that I love and regularly use with clients. As we began to go over the “Blind Spots” part of the assessment, he turned to me and said:

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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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Feeling Stuck At Work? How to Handle a Personal Downturn

Feeling Stuck At Work? How to Handle a Personal Downturn

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 5, 2015

There is a Buddhist/Taoist story of an old farmer who had been working his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “We’ll see.” the farmer replied.

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