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What’s Your Leadership Style: Push or Pull?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 21, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on leadership style, the image shows a push cart, with a boy sitting inside, and one girl pushing and another pulling the cart.

When you think of your leadership style, how much do you pull information from the people on your team and how much do you push information and decisions down to them? I read a recent article in Harvard Business Review recently on leadership style. Leaders who push decisions, data and action plans down to their teams, their…

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How to Improve Strategic Thinking

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 28, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on strategic thinking, the image shows an open journal with someone writing in it.

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. How can you improve strategic thinking? If you’re like me, you probably tell yourself, “I’ll think about it when I’m in the car picking up the kids from school.” Or…

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Do Hard-driving Leaders Get Better Results?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 9, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on hard-driving leaders, the image shows two cute cartoon faces, one on top of a straight line, one inside a circle.

Do hard-driving leaders get better results? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot recently, only to open the newspaper recently (yes, we still get a physical newspaper) to an article about lauded UC Berkeley swimming coach, Teri McKeever, who also served as the US Olympic team coach, in which it detailed how she bullied and…

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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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Feedback Survey: How to Avoid Surprises

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 20, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on feedback survey and surprises the image shows a drawing of a woman's head with illustrations of technology and computers

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 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on outcomes the image shows a woman looking at a drawing showing a maze of lines on a board

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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The One Thing For Growing Leaders

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 13, 2022 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Big Picture | The One Thing For Growing Leaders

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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Get Specific About Gratitude

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 15, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Getting Specific About Gratitude

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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Getting the 30,000-Foot View

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 25, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach |Getting the 30,000-Foot View

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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