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Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Do you have an agenda?

Do You Have an Agenda?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 29, 2020

Have you ever gotten to a party and thought, “Huh, I don’t think this is what I expected?” This is exactly what happens when we show up at a meeting where there is no agenda. Your challenge this week is to review your meeting schedule. If there is a meeting on there that you don’t…

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Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Too Many Meetings

You Have Too Many Meetings

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 8, 2020

You have too many meetings. It’s the simple truth.  But as a leader, you need to set aside time weekly, if not daily for deep, strategic thought. After all, that’s why you are in the leadership role. Problem: How do you carve out the time for strategic thought when you are in meetings from early…

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Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Five Mistakes To Avoid With Partially Remote Employees: Lessons From Biotech

Five Mistakes To Avoid With Partially Remote Employees: Lessons From Biotech

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 20, 2020

Article originally appeared in Forbes It’s time to return to the office. Or is it? How can newly hybrid companies best manage the divide between in-person and remote workers? Reaching out to biotech company CEOs, I learned crucial do’s and don’ts. When shelter-in-place hit the Bay Area, many biotech companies found themselves with most of…

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Jo Ilfeld | Intent |Executive Leadership Coach| Do You Know the Difference between Impact and Intent?

Do You Know the Difference between Impact and Intent?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 10, 2020

We think we know the difference but often when apologizing for our actions or mistakes, we tend to emphasize intent over impact. When we do this, it ends up sounding like you are making excuses for yourself instead of taking responsibility for the impact you had on others. Watch this week’s learning snack to find…

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Are You Guilty of Unclear Communication?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 8, 2020

It would be great if you could… It would be lovely if you would… Do you start your requests with phrases like these? But then you feel upset or annoyed when these requests are not done? It’s time to get clear in your communication. Watch this quick learning snack on one communication change that you…

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Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Virtual Meetings

Zoom Meetings: How to Deal with the Awkward Pause

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 20, 2020

You know what I’m talking about. The long, awkward pause that follows a question in a Zoom meeting. How do you deal with that? Unlike Q&A sessions in an in-person meeting, when you are on a video call, there is a long pause after you ask someone a question. What is the reason for the…

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Here’s A Quick Zoom Tip – Who Has the Patience For Anything More?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 8, 2020

If your inbox is anything like my inbox, it’s overflowing with offers for webinars, articles and ways to think about your work during Covid19. It’s both wonderful and slightly exhausting. And as we enter week who-knows what of shelter in place, I find that I’m grateful for all the many brave ways people are showing…

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Shifting The Way You Work In A Coronavirus World – A Panel Discussion

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 19, 2020

 I was so thrilled to be joined this morning by two amazing colleagues. We hosted a panel discussion on how to change the way you work during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic. We covered three main areas of that we’ve found are crucial to consider as you transition your working world from the office…

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Process or people? What matters more in your work culture?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 15, 2019

I recently returned home from a trip to Japan for work. One thing that struck me about being in Japan was how much some of the little things, that we often ignore in the US, really matter. Let me give you an example. My husband and I were walking along an outdoor market in Kyoto…

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Jo Ilfeld Executive Coach| Leadership Article

I’ve been known to overreact in these situations, have you?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 22, 2019

*I’m pleased to share this article with you that was recently published on Forbes.com.* Have you ever been thrown off your game at a critical moment? Recently I met with a client who had an upcoming crucial off-site meeting alongside the leadership team she’s on. She was nervous about going to this off-site because she…

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