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Coke or Pepsi? Setting Expectations With Your Team

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 3, 2024 |

When you start a new project it is essential to set clear team expectations. You need to create a container of expectations so you know what you can expect from each other. Whether in coaching or any team collaboration, creating an expectation framework ensures clarity and productivity. These expectations could address how you want to…

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Tough Questions: Go Ahead and Ask Them 

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 26, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on asking tough questions the image shows two women sitting across the table from someone else engaged in a deep discussion.

Asking tough questions is not easy. When working with teams, one of the most important things to do is to open up a discussion where everyone’s voice is heard and make sure that everyone weighs in. This often means delving into uncomfortable territories or posing tough questions. Oftentimes when this happens, someone will say something…

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5 Tips For Better Collaboration

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 22, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on collaboration the image shows a group of business people holding hands in line.

Effective collaboration is not as easy as you might think. This year I had the benefit of having several lovely collaborations as well as working with several different teams on their collaborations. I thought I would just sum up some of this wisdom for you in no particular order. What I learned about good collaboration this year:…

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Are You Feeling Unappreciated At Work?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 15, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on feeling unappreciated the image shows a disillusioned woman staring at her computer screen.

Do you ever find yourself feeling unappreciated at work? In a recent conversation with a client, we celebrated her business’s remarkable growth, the accomplishments of her team, and the successful implementation of numerous Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that were absent just a few years ago. As we talked, we discussed how important it is not…

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Post-Mother’s Day Tribute

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 24, 2023 |

How can we be present for our employees without micromanaging them? In honor of Mother’s Day this month, I was talking with three clients, all three of them mothers and they were striving to support their almost-adult children, keep track and be helpful, notice when things are going wrong, but not fall into the trap…

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What is Team Building and Why It’s Critical to Your Business’ Success

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 12, 2023 |

What is Team Building?How Team Building Can Make Your Group More Effective & High PerformingWhat Are The Goals Of Your Team Building Program?Who Should Participate In Your Team Building Program?What Type Of Team Building Activities Should You Include?Create An Atmosphere Where Participants ParticipateBenefits Of A Team Building ProgramWhat Are The Steps To Planning An Effective…

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What Can You Learn From Success? 

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 30, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on success, the image shows a business woman smiling.

Do you take the time to celebrate the accomplishments of your team and learn from success, or do you find they get lost in the frustrations of the present moment and the work they haven’t done yet? I see this all too often in my team development work. Team members give a nod to their…

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Team Development Vs Team Building

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 21, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach n team development, the image shows a group of colleagues around a table.

I am often asked what’s the difference between team development and team building. Another question often asked is, “Is team building really worth it?” Yes and no. Oftentimes, team-building exercises are limited to rah-rah types of events such as escape rooms, trust falls, and the like. And they often fall short. Team development, on the…

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What Does a Pre-Mortem Look Like?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 4, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on pre-mortems for team development, the image shows a team sitting around a table.

One of my favorite things ever is a pre-mortem. Unlike a post-mortem which looks backward after the end of a project, a pre-mortem actually happens before the project ends. If you are worried that your team is being more reactive and not proactive enough, then I recommend trying this out. With a pre-mortem, you’re asking…

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