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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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what's success got to do with it

What’s Success Got To Do With It?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 1, 2015

As I sit here writing, it is hot, hot, hot weather outside. So let me tell you a story instead of complaining. (It’s one you might have read before – but humor me.)

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Is Your Change Attitude Working For You

Is Your Change Attitude Working For You?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 6, 2015

I’m writing this note returning home on a plane from visiting my 96 year-old grandmother in Phoenix. I know I’ve mentioned her before in my blog posts and newsletters, but each time I can’t help from remarking on how much she has lived and seen and how much she has adapted through the years.

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A 3-Step Process To Go From Meeting Fatigue to Meeting Magic

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 30, 2015

I work with a lot of highly analytical and smart people. (If you’re one of my past or present clients reading this – yes I mean you!) And one of their big frustrations is meetings!

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successful people need help too

Successful People Need Help Too!​

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 23, 2015

I’ve been following well-known executive coach and best-selling author Marshall Goldsmith for several years now. What I love about him is his no-nonsense take on how people view change and how to actually do it. He gave a great talk at a recent Inc. Conference and has posted short (3 minute) excerpts on his website.

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a smile is a frown when upside down

A Smile is a Frown When Upside Down

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 18, 2015

What do you see in this picture? I see a typical residential scene. A street of houses, people walking, cars driving by. Now turn 180 degrees with me. What do you see now?

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13 Lessons I’ve Learned From My 13 Year Old

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 26, 2015

Prologue: My 13 year old son was recently Bar-Mitzvah’ed.  At our temple, parents can give a short talk to their child before the main service begins. I’m sharing below the talk I gave to my son.

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People Skills: The 3 Must-Read Books to Help You Improve Yours Instantly

People Skills: The 3 Must-Read Books to Help You Improve Yours Instantly

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 21, 2014

Or at least instantly get the ideas to help you improve them People skills, like any other skill, need constant updating, evolving and upgrading. Books are a great way to up-level your people management and leadership skills, easily and effectively.

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Business Communication Skills: How to Build this Effective Tool in Your Leadership Arsenal

Business Communication Skills: How to Build this Effective Tool in Your Leadership Arsenal

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 24, 2014

Business communication skills (or the lack of them, thereof) can either make or break a leader. Great leaders are often singled out for their powerful communication skills.

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Who's Mentoring YOU?

Who’s Mentoring YOU?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 13, 2014

I was reading some recent research that talked about the great divide in satisfaction with workplace advancement between employees with sponsors and those without sponsors.

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