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Amazing Leaders Ask These 3 Questions Every Day

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 26, 2022

This article first appeared in Forbes An amazing leader I’ve worked with over several years just gave notice. It was time for a short sabbatical before finding her next purpose-driven pursuit. When she gave notice, members of her team cried when they heard, her org tried to delay her departure as long as possible, and…

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From The Horse’s Mouth: Reflections on Leadership Work With Horses

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 9, 2016

Earlier this month, I led my inaugural leadership development workshop with horses in Sonoma. You might have read my newsletters promoting the event and even thought it sounded interesting.

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A Leader’s Guide: What’s Worth Tracking?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 28, 2016

Picture this — I’m in my tennis lesson when I look down at my Apple Watch to check my heart rate. And instead of seeing a heart rate, I see the ambiguous searching circle. Where is my heart rate?!

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How To Design Your Career Growth From A New Angle

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 28, 2016

I wanted to give insights to you as you begin 2016 and progress through January and beyond. Perhaps you’re struggling to make, keep, or understand why you’ve already broken New Year’s resolutions.

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A Readiness Quiz & Guide To Determine If Leadership Coaching Would Work For You

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 17, 2015

Here’s a typical conversation I have at parties: Person: “So what do you do?” Me: “I’m an executive leadership coach.” Person:“Hmm, so what do you do exactly?” Me: “Well I’m really great at helping people improve their interpersonal interactions and relationships at work. I tend to work with corporate and business leaders who are very…

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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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Would you like to be upward-bound in your career?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 15, 2015

I’m part of a great coaching bookclub and our last pick is a fabulous read for managers and leaders alike who want more progress, more results and more leadership opportunities. “Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader” by Herminia Ibarra was written by a business school professor at INSEAD who provides both evidence and…

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Renaissance (Wo)Man Or Expert? Time Management For The New Millennium

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 9, 2015

This past year I had the honor and privilege of leading a Lean-In Circle. The participants were an amazing group of women and leaders and I was honored to spend the year with them. While we didn’t entirely follow along the Lean In curriculum as specified by Sheryl Sandberg and co, we did take advantage…

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leadership rules for the age of complexity

Leadership Rules for the Age of Complexity

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 31, 2015

I was recently having coffee with a good friend (Happy Birthday Kathrin!) and we were discussing the biggest challenges business leaders face currently. Near the top among these challenges has to be managing all contradictions in today’s workplace, both internally for yourself and within your company.

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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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