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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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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How Honest Should You Be at Work?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 5, 2015 |
how honest should you be at work

Recently, on a trip home, I found a newly framed note in my Dad’s study. It read: Art, I know it was apparent I didn’t like hearing it, but I needed to. Thanks for saying it. When I asked him about it – he told me this story from 35 years ago in his career.

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One Big Team Challenge

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 22, 2015 |
one big team challenge

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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How Birthdays And The Super Bowl Can Teach Leadership

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 1, 2015 |
Learning Leadership From Birthday And the Super Bowl

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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