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Process or people? What matters more in your work culture?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 15, 2019

I recently returned home from a trip to Japan for work. One thing that struck me about being in Japan was how much some of the little things, that we often ignore in the US, really matter. Let me give you an example. My husband and I were walking along an outdoor market in Kyoto…

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I’ve been known to overreact in these situations, have you?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 22, 2019

*I’m pleased to share this article with you that was recently published on Forbes.com.* Have you ever been thrown off your game at a critical moment? Recently I met with a client who had an upcoming crucial off-site meeting alongside the leadership team she’s on. She was nervous about going to this off-site because she…

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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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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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Why Gratitude Matters (& Happy Thanksgiving!)

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 27, 2014

The countdown to this year’s Thanksgiving feast is here, and although these days all our holiday dinners resemble feasts of enormous amounts of food, family members and yes, sometimes familial tensions, Thanksgiving was originally conceived as a gratitude feast.

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How to Improve Leadership Skills: Are You Making these Little-Known Mistakes?

How to Improve Leadership Skills: Are You Making these Little-Known Mistakes?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 13, 2014

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” —Lao Tzu

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Are You A Powerful Communicator?

Are You A Powerful Communicator?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 8, 2014

70% of your communications are non-verbal. It’s possible you’ve heard this statistic (or some variation of it) but do you know how to interpret it? How to change your non-verbal communications and become a powerful communicator?

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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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Where’s Your Next Devil?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 28, 2014

Have you ever been really scared? Recently at a family reunion at Lake Tahoe, we stayed at a retreat center that had a ropes course. I thought signing up to do this with my immediate and extended family would be fun.

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a leadership tale of two bookshelves

A Leadership Tale Of Two Bookshelves

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 15, 2014

Recently I was at my friend Sara’s house to do yoga together on a rainy, non-running day. Afterwards – making tea and catching up on our lives – I spotted her bookshelf and had to laugh.

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