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Feedback Survey: How to Avoid Surprises

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 20, 2022

Do you ever find yourself astonished when you get the results of a company feedback survey or performance review? What it comes down to is that as a founder, leader, or manager, you should be checking in regularly enough with your team members or direct reports so there are no big surprises when the final…

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Are You Clear On The Outcome?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 12, 2022

Being clear and knowing the outcome you want before you embark on something is key. It’s key to successful meetings, giving a presentation, and coaching your team to higher performance. Are you in the process of hiring someone new for your team? Then knowing the outcome is very important here, too, so that you can…

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Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Big Picture | The One Thing For Growing Leaders

The One Thing For Growing Leaders

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 13, 2022

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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Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Getting Specific About Gratitude

Get Specific About Gratitude

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 15, 2021

The holidays are a good time to express gratitude but, to be honest, so is January and February, or any time of the year.  What are you doing to acknowledge the accomplishments of the people who work for you? Try to get as specific as you can as it adds a new level of recognition…

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Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach |Getting the 30,000-Foot View

Getting the 30,000-Foot View

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 25, 2021

How do you get that 30 000 foot view of the lay of the land, that big picture? In today’s world, we seem to be pulled in so many different directions that it can be almost impossible to see the wider view of what’s going on in our work. We find ourselves putting out fires…

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Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach|How to Lead a Productive Online Meeting That Doesn’t Suck

How to lead a productive online meeting that doesn’t suck

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 10, 2021

When a lot of us shifted to working from home arrangements, there was a certain novelty in the whole setup. We could put on a nice top and keep our pajamas on, join zoom calls, and eat lunch whenever we wanted. But the change-up in our work from home arrangements is unlikely to come soon;…

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Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| What Does It Mean to Be a Good Boss?

What Does It Mean to Be a Good Boss?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 2, 2020

Coaching my clients over the years, I have given much thought to what it means to be a good boss.  In my opinion, the single most important thing that makes a good boss is to enable the success and growth of your direct reports. Watch the video for more. 

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I Need Change, Do You?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 8, 2020

When I look around right now, when I talk to clients, when I read the newspaper, I see this gnarly blend of creation and frustration. If necessity is the mother of invention then I truly hope we are poised to see new ideas and innovation we never dreamed possible. We truly need it! We need…

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Shifting The Way You Work In A Coronavirus World – A Panel Discussion

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 19, 2020

 I was so thrilled to be joined this morning by two amazing colleagues. We hosted a panel discussion on how to change the way you work during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. We covered three main areas of that we’ve found are crucial to consider as you transition your working world from the office…

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Process or people? What matters more in your work culture?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 15, 2019

I recently returned home from a trip to Japan for work. One thing that struck me about being in Japan was how much some of the little things, that we often ignore in the US, really matter. Let me give you an example. My husband and I were walking along an outdoor market in Kyoto…

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