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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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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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One Big Team Challenge

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 22, 2015

A recent observation about teamwork comes courtesy of my mother-in-law. My son was playing in a local tennis tournament recently. He plays singles and doubles, but for tournament’s doubles, they pair you randomly with another player your age.

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Fun Team-Building Activities (For People Who Hate Team-Building!)

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 17, 2015

Have you ever noticed that a lot of the people looking forward to team-building and company off-sites are the really outgoing employees?

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Examples of Interpersonal Skills: How to be a Better Leader and Not Make These Mistakes

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 27, 2015

Have you ever wondered why everyone around you seems to be overreacting? Or over-emotional? Frequently I find that work means different things to different people and that can be the source of disconnection between colleagues at work.

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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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Renaissance (Wo)Man Or Expert? Time Management For The New Millennium

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 9, 2015

This past year I had the honor and privilege of leading a Lean-In Circle. The participants were an amazing group of women and leaders and I was honored to spend the year with them. While we didn’t entirely follow along the Lean In curriculum as specified by Sheryl Sandberg and co, we did take advantage…

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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

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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