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Please, No More Imposter Syndrome 

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 21, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on imposter syndrome the image shows a man holding a fake mustache to his lip and wearing dark sunglasses.

Do you feel like you are an imposter? Probably, because I hear it often in my executive coaching practice. It’s common for my leadership clients to question their abilities and describe themselves as feeling like imposters in their roles. But did you know that the term ‘imposter syndrome’ is a pet peeve of mine? I…

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ONE Thing You Should Know When Making a Choice

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 16, 2024 |

In a recent conversation with fellow executive coaches and consultants about decision-making criteria, someone shared a gem that I had to share. They said: “The experience of moving forward matters more than the choice.” This wise statement made me stop and say, “OMG, I HAVE to write that down!” For those caught in decision-making loops,…

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Have You Done Your Personal SWOT Analysis for 2024?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 9, 2024 |

By now your function or group at work has probably finished its strategic plan and 2024 forecast. What about your own future? How far out are you thinking about your life, trends in your industry, and what might be around the corner? The Institute For The Future found that more than a quarter of Americans say that they rarely…

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Comfort Zone or Stretch Choice

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 12, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on stretch choice the image shows a chalk drawing of footprints stepping outside of a circle

Have you ever wondered if having more choices can sometimes lead to worse decisions? I came across two really interesting pieces of data recently, one of which I came across during parent orientation for my son’s college he’s attending in the Fall. Research shows that when it comes to choosing roommates or work arrangements, making…

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Forget Resilience – Look for Anti-Fragility

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 22, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on resilience the image shows a tiny shoot growing up between cracks in the concrete.

Here’s a new take on resilience.  Credit to Stephanie Mehta for this one, who inspired this learning snack with her recent talk at the California Conference for Women.  In the scientific field, resilience means when something gets pushed or changed, the material bounces back to what it was.  In other words, resilience is when something…

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Uncertainty and Change: It Needs to be Addressed

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 6, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on uncertainty the image of an old typewriter with the word change written on the paper.

Uncertainty and change are key aspects that leaders often overlook when planning team-building events or an off-site but it is important to address these issues as they can be particularly challenging for teams. All too often, team building events can get focused on what’s ahead or what is expected from people and how you want…

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How Do You End Relationships Honorably?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 16, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on closure the image shows an empty road with sign saying "empty road ahead"

Do you practice “honorable closure?” As an executive leadership coach, I often speak with my clients about the importance of ending things honorably. In today’s fast-paced business world, it’s easy to get caught up in the next project or the next big thing and forget to take a moment to appreciate what has come before.…

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do!

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 3, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on setting a good example the image a group of penguins following the lead penguin.

Do as I Say, Not as I Do! This infamous statement, if not spoken by most parents and leaders, certainly is an accurate reflection of the type of behaviors we want to cultivate in others. You want them to learn from your mistakes, not adopt your bad habits and to generally be happier and more…

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