Gratitude, Giving Myself an ‘A’ and my FREE Crisis Summit


As we move further into April, I find myself increasingly grateful for the high quality of interactions we can STILL have while being virtual.

I was able to conduct and record a live panel with two of my colleagues on how to shift your work in a Coronavirus world. We had an awesome live turnout and now the call is posted on my blog for anyone who missed it the first time. Please pass it on and share it with others you know, who are working hard to make the transition to remote work that many of us have had to do.

I was also invited to be part of a Virtual Summit on Leading in a Crisis: Actionable Business Solutions for Navigating Crisis and Change.

The Virtual Summit is continuing through April and if you register now you can access the recording of my session together with many other knowledgeable leadership experts and strategists.

I truly hope that you are all staying healthy and safe, whatever that means where you are.

If there’s any way I can be helpful to you, especially now but really always, please just ask in the comments below. I want to be helpful wherever I can be.

Jo Ilfeld Executive Leadership Article |Coronavirus| Gratitude, Giving Myself an 'A' and my FREE Crisis SummitWill You Be Giving Yourself an “A”?

One of my clients recently posted this funny meme on Facebook. Every time I see it, it makes me laugh. There’s a lot of truth to it.

And there’s also the flip side. Many of us have spent years wishing for a lifestyle that felt less congested, with less running around – children’s activities, our own commitments, business and personal travel – and was more focused on what we truly value.

There’s a real concern I’ve felt, that I don’t want to look back on this time and feel that all I did was catch up on my Netflix queue.

My goals for this time are:

  • I want to make sure to “force” my kids into more family-time activities. With 3 teens, the lure of the screens is something I’m always competing with.
  • I want to read many of the books I always complain I don’t have time to read.
  • I want to do something different and memorable. I’ve conned my oldest son into teaching me guitar – something I’ve always thought would be cool to learn. And I practice for 5 minutes about 3-4 times a day. It’s a great break from the computer screen.
  • I want to make time to reach out to the friends and family I love. I admit, so far I’ve been poor at this. But it looks like there might be a fair amount of time for me to get better.
  • I want to keep mentoring and volunteering for the causes I care most about.

So that’s my list. What’s yours?

When I work with my coaching clients and my executive MBA students, I always ask them to write me a letter focused on the end of our work together and why they “Got an A” in our coaching. (I stole liberally from Benjamin Zander on this one).

Your Challenge

Write down 3-5 things you’d like to do, that would allow you to “give yourself an A” for how you used your Coronavirus downtime.

If you’d like some accountability: write them in the comments below. I promise to check-in with you over the next couple of months. What do you have to lose?

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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