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You need to develop this leadership skill first!

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 12, 2019

I am not a sports fan. I didn’t grow up around sports (except for the best of the Chicago Bulls, my hometown team) In fact, I used to say that one of the reasons I married my husband was because he didn’t watch sports and I found them so boring to watch. I worked one…

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When you are in over your head, do this!

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 15, 2019

Imagine this scenario: My mom takes me to a spa (thanks Mom!) where there are lots of fitness activities to choose from. I, a very slow but determined jogger, show up to the spa’s trail run for all levels. “I’ll stay towards the back of the pack,” I think, “but what an amazing way to…

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Jo Ilfeld PhD Forbes Article | Executive Leadership Coach | Forget About Letting Your Actions Speak For You

Forget About Letting Your Actions Speak For You

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 20, 2019

Typical leadership advice tells leaders that you want to be on the frontlines with your crew. While this might be great wartime advice, it often falls short in today’s workplaces. Simply put, your staff might be too busy to notice what you think you are modeling. You need to do more than just demonstrate your commitments through actions — you need to narrate your values and priorities as well.

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Do you know about this leadership hack?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 8, 2018

I’m currently sitting at the back of the room during my weekend launch with my executive MBA class. In case you didn’t know, I teach Leadership Intelligence to the executive MBA cohort at Sonoma State University. (You might be wondering why I’m typing at the back of the room if I’m teaching – someone else…

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What are YOUR rules to live by?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 8, 2018

I read this interesting blog post by Seth Godin several months ago on what are Bonnie’s rules for being a better client of website design services.  They include gems like the following: White space is your friend Be open to things you didn’t imagine Nothing takes a second Tell me the problem, not the solution Then I…

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 360 Assessments But Were Afraid To Ask

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 7, 2018

This article was originally published on Forbes.com. “Will I be upset by my results?” my client asks me. “Who knows?” I respond. “I’ve given people critical 360s and they’ve shrugged their shoulders and said, ‘That’s about what I expected.’ And I’ve given others what I would consider an effusive 360 review, only to have them…

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Is time flying for you, too?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 17, 2018

Raise your hand if you too, can’t believe it’s April. I’m barely used to writing 2018 when I write the date. Sadly it does seem to be true that time slips away much faster the older you get.​​​​​​​ Time is an interesting beast, right?  I think so too – that’s why this blog incites come…

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Three Secrets To Shifting From Busy To Strategic

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 21, 2018

This article was first published on Forbes.com. I had a really busy fall: meetings scheduled back-to-back, an abundance of presentations and materials to prep, late nights on my computer finalizing details and even turning down new work and interesting opportunities. It happens. But, you know you’re overbooked when someone asks for 30 minutes of your time…

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Do you prefer Uber or Lyft? I always use…

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 26, 2018

As we barrel headlong into the holiday season, I wanted to take an opportunity to share my gratitude that you remain part of my leadership community. I love sharing my learnings with you and then hearing yours in return. So please feel free to hit reply (now or anytime) and let me know your thoughts! My last…

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I’m Trying Something New Here

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 26, 2018

My good friend, the awesome Dr. Sara Gottfried has started doing what she calls 7 bullet Fridays which she stole from the infamous Tim Ferris. Here’s my 5 talking points version: 1. I’ve been reflecting a lot on the nature of fear this past weekend. My family and I, along with several close family friends,…

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