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Relationship Building in Virtual Meetings

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 13, 2022

Relationship building in a virtual setting is not always easy. What are some ways to improve relationship building virtually? Firstly, no one wants another Zoom happy hour, I can assure you. But how can you build relationships between team members who have never met in real life? More importantly, how can you build relationship building…

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Jo Ilfeld | Relationship Building | Executive Leadership Coach |Are you tripping yourself up?

Are You Tripping Yourself Up?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 6, 2021

This past summer, I had the joy of spending two summer weeks in Carmel, a place by the ocean I love. It was a working vacation but I made time every morning to walk along the ocean and on the beach. It got me to start my day with a gorgeous vista, it got my…

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Emotions At Work: Needless Or Necessary?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 7, 2016

Last weekend I sat on the sidelines as my 14-year-old son played a local tennis tournament. I often compare the court side behavior of these young men.

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What To Do When You’ve Got A ‘Bad Boss’

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 19, 2016

More likely than not, you have worked for a bad boss. I’ve had clients tell me about bosses who lied to them, then denied it; bosses who belittled them and made them cry in meetings; and even bosses who threw something “near” them and cursed.

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Good Lurks in Shadowing

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 3, 2015

By: Amy Donovan, CFO Alameda County Community Food Bank Editor’s note: I’ve had the true privilege of working with Amy for about 9 months now, so when she decided to write up her experiences, I was honored she wanted them to be shared widely with others. She shares so much great learning that many others…

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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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Do You Ever Feel Culturally Outdated?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

How Honest Should You Be at Work?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 5, 2015

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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Learning Leadership From Birthday And the Super Bowl

How Birthdays And The Super Bowl Can Teach Leadership

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 1, 2015

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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3 Keys To Managing Conflicting Leadership Styles

3 Keys To Managing Conflicting Leadership Styles

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 10, 2013

Have you ever found yourself butting heads with another leader in your company? Do you ever read memos from others and wonder, “What are they thinking?” Recently my husband and I set out to renovate and add an additional bathroom to our house. It was a project that we’ve talked about for years but finally found…

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