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When you are in over your head, do this!

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 15, 2019

Imagine this scenario: My mom takes me to a spa (thanks Mom!) where there are lots of fitness activities to choose from. I, a very slow but determined jogger, show up to the spa’s trail run for all levels. “I’ll stay towards the back of the pack,” I think, “but what an amazing way to…

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Is Your Team Only As Strong As Its Leader

Is Your Team Only As Strong As Its Leader?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 11, 2017

With Travis Kalanick’s departure from Uber, there are numerous blogs and funds watching to see if Uber can maintain its unicorn status and growth predictions without its number one leader and founder. In my mind that’s one big problem for Uber right there. Why is its leader seen as responsible for the company’s phenomenal success?…

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this is why i pay full price

This is Why I Pay Full Price

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 17, 2017

It’s springtime in the Bay Area and you know what that means? Yes! Lots of spring school auctions. Bid on this dinner, this massage, this gift certificate to a local store. It all sounds reasonable. And a great bargain!

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one big team challenge

One Big Team Challenge

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 22, 2015

A recent observation about teamwork comes courtesy of my mother-in-law. My son was playing in a local tennis tournament recently. He plays singles and doubles, but for tournament’s doubles, they pair you randomly with another player your age.

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Everything I know about Business I Learned from Disneyland

Everything I Know About Business I Learned from Disneyland

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 7, 2013

Some women marry into a family of sailors or charade-players. I instead married into a family of Disneyland aficionados. On our most recent trip to the happiest place on earth, I couldn’t help but notice how skillfully Disney creates a complete family experience.

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What Kind of Leader Are You?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 31, 2013

I recently discovered a well-established leadership theory (Rooke and Torbert, HBR April, 2005) that divides individuals into 7 types of leaders. The theory, as it reads, conceives these 7 leadership types as different developmental levels that people evolve through on their leadership path.

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romantics anonymous - leadership and chocolate

Romantics Anonymous

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 8, 2012

I don’t think you need to be a fan of romantic comedies to enjoy the newly imported (available on iTunes) French film “Romantics Anonymous.” Not only is this quirky film about one of my favorite subjects of all time — chocolate (!), but it has such crazy yet likable characters and a plot that is…

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welcome to success reboot

Welcome to Success Reboot!

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 30, 2012

About Jo: Jo Ilfeld is an executive leadership coach who specializes in working with recently promoted managers and leaders who are struggling to navigate their new responsibilities.

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