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Five Ways To Tell If You’re Getting Wiser

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 16, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on leadership lessons, the image the Indigo Girls live in concert.

This article was first published by Forbes I recently had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite bands live in concert. It was an anniversary gift from my husband and my first live show in years! To my complete surprise, as the Indigo Girls came onstage and started singing “Least Complicated,” I felt my…

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What’s Your Leadership Style: Push or Pull?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 21, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on leadership style, the image shows a push cart, with a boy sitting inside, and one girl pushing and another pulling the cart.

When you think of your leadership style, how much do you pull information from the people on your team and how much do you push information and decisions down to them? I read a recent article in Harvard Business Review recently on leadership style. Leaders who push decisions, data and action plans down to their teams, their…

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Amazing Leaders Ask These 3 Questions Every Day

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 26, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on questions amazing leaders ask every day, the image shows a yellow background with a pile of Post-Its with a question mark on the top one.

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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Less Focus and More Blending

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 20, 2021 |

Even in sunny California, the season is changing. The mornings are crisp, I rarely worry about being too hot on my weekly hikes anymore, and often when I wake up now, it’s still dark (never very motivating for a non-morning person like myself!). It’s also a big month in my world. My youngest is getting…

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

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 17, 2015 |
readiness quiz to determine if career coaching would work for you

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 |
would you like to be upward bound in your career

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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