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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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are your blind spots holding you back from reaching your achievements

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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Learning Leadership From Birthday And the Super Bowl

How Birthdays And The Super Bowl Can Teach Leadership

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 1, 2015

It’s Super Bowl Sunday today and the game is over. The victory parties might still be raging on but my kids are tucked into bed. Today was also my daughter’s 7th birthday. I realized today that Super Bowls celebrations, like birthdays can shed some great insights into building great teams at work. 1) Rituals Matter – For…

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What To Do When Your Big Idea Scares You

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 21, 2015

It’s January. This is the time of resolutions, fresh starts and big visions. For some people, the new year offers a chance to reflect and set new goals. For others, it serves as a new reminder that the time is now to act on your big goal.

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People Skills: The 3 Must-Read Books to Help You Improve Yours Instantly

People Skills: The 3 Must-Read Books to Help You Improve Yours Instantly

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 21, 2014

Or at least instantly get the ideas to help you improve them People skills, like any other skill, need constant updating, evolving and upgrading. Books are a great way to up-level your people management and leadership skills, easily and effectively.

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why gratitude matters

Why Gratitude Matters (& Happy Thanksgiving!)

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 27, 2014

The countdown to this year’s Thanksgiving feast is here, and although these days all our holiday dinners resemble feasts of enormous amounts of food, family members and yes, sometimes familial tensions, Thanksgiving was originally conceived as a gratitude feast.

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How to Improve Leadership Skills: Are You Making these Little-Known Mistakes?

How to Improve Leadership Skills: Are You Making these Little-Known Mistakes?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 13, 2014

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” —Lao Tzu

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what you should do about negative feedback

What Should You Do About Negative Feedback (Especially When It’s Personal)

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 30, 2014

“Across 248 reviews from 28 companies, managers, whether male or female, gave female employees more negative feedback than they gave male employees. Second, 76 percent of the negative feedback given to women included some kind of personality criticism, such as comments that the woman was “abrasive,” “judgmental” or “strident.” Only 2 percent of men’s critical…

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3 Strategies for Dealing With A Challenging Work Relationship

3 Strategies for Dealing With A Challenging Work Relationship

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 23, 2014

I have a 6 year old daughter. Why am I telling you this? I want you to understand why I’ve seen Frozen multiple times and know the whole soundtrack by heart. I’m really not a Disney princess fanatic, I just. . . . have a 6 year-old daughter.

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