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From Incite to Leadership founder and CEO Jo Ilfeld, read the latest on strategic vision, leading change amid complexity, and honing the way you communicate and collaborate with others. Get resources, practical strategies, research, and more.

How to lead a productive online meeting that doesn’t suck

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 10, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach|How to Lead a Productive Online Meeting That Doesn’t Suck

When a lot of us shifted to working from home arrangements, there was a certain novelty in the whole setup. We could put on a nice top and keep our pajamas on, join zoom calls, and eat lunch whenever we wanted. But the change-up in our work from home arrangements is unlikely to come soon;…

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Giving Feedback: What I learned from puppy training

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 31, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach|Giving Feedback: What I learned from puppy training

I have learned that when training a puppy, it is so important to give feedback at the exact moment they do something. Why do I bring this up? Because when we are working remotely as so many of us are right now, there is an absence of immediate feedback. By the time people get feedback…

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How Not to Start off Your New Year

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 24, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach|How not to start off your New Year

It’s Saturday morning January 2nd. I often hike with one of my best friends on Saturdays. During Covid, we began embarking on weekly longer up and downhill 6-mile hikes.  Jo: It’s raining here in Berkeley. Is it raining by you? Sara: I’ll check. Just looks foggy here, no rain. Jo: So should we go today?…

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Zoom Fatigue is Real

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 6, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach| Zoom Fatigue is Real

Zoom fatigue is real. Last week I was talking with a group of biotech CEOs. One of the topics that came up for discussion was if they required people to keep their camera on for Zoom or Webex calls. Many said yes. I disagreed with them. Watch to see what advice I gave this team…

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It’s All About Perspective

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 31, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach| It's All About Perspective

Recently, I was talking with one of my clients and she asked me an amazing question. We were talking about her relationship with her boss and she asked me, “If you were coaching my boss, what would you advise her to do?” I love this question because what my client was doing was acknowledging that…

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Are You Wishing Things Were Different?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 11, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach| Are You Wishing Things are Different?

I’ve been reflecting recently on the nature of disappointment. The holidays this year fall into this category. . . unless you’re lucky enough to live nearby to a pod with your family, the chances are great that your holiday table looks very different from last year’s. Less family or more Zoom computers? It seems wherever you’re…

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Are You Paying Attention to the Other Stakeholders?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 2, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach| Are You Paying Attention to the Other Stakeholders?

Have you ever been driving down the freeway and someone cut right in front of you and you thought, “Oh my God, did they even see me? Do they even realize that I’m here?” When we first start to learn to drive, our main focus is on not hitting anybody or anything. But once you…

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Giving Thanks This Holiday: Reverse Gratitude

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 23, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach| Giving Thanks This Holiday: Reverse Gratitude

For all those thinking about how this holiday is different and all the things that you won’t be able to do, you are not alone. When it comes to gratitude, the usual way is to make a list of all the things we are thankful for, which I imagine for many, has health at the…

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What Makes You a Bada$$?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 31, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach| What Makes You a Bada$$?

What makes you a bada$$? As part of an online program I am doing, the challenge was for me to record a video on what makes me a badass. As I was making a list of the things I am most proud of, at first I thought my bada$$ characteristic was persistency, for being able…

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Are You Making This Fundamental Error?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 15, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld |Attribution Error|Executive Leadership Coach| Are You Making This Fundamental Error?

People’s values are often very similar. Why is it though that when we breach one of our values we find it so easy to forgive ourselves and find a reason for it yet when one of our colleagues or team members does the same, we attribute it to their personality? Watch to learn about the…

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