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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.

Leading In Complexity: Landing a Max 9

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 15, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on leading in complexity the image shows a plane landing

Leading in complexity is paramount. In turbulent times, it’s crucial to remain steady. Nothing illustrates that better than the recent incident with the Max 9s, where part of the airplane malfunctioned mid-flight. I used this scenario recently with a client, who was struggling with a major reorg they were overseeing. They expressed how hard it…

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Treat Strategic Time Like a Doctor’s Appointment 

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 8, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on strategic time the image shows someone holding an ipad with a schedule.

Do you want a tip on how to safeguard your strategic time? During a recent conversation with one of my clients about blocking off strategic time in the calendar, a lightbulb moment occurred for me. This particular client was sharing her struggle of preserving her blocked-off time and how it quickly vanishes like pixie dust…

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The AI Train Is Leaving the Station. Will Your Executive Team Be On It?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 1, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on AI for Executives the image shows two business people pointing at a screen

As executives, you are responsible for positioning your companies to stay relevant and stay ahead of the technologies that will drive your industries to the next evolution. One of the most important new technologies within the last few years has been the emergence of AI as a technology poised to change the way many companies…

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How to Get out of To-Do List Hell

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 24, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on to-do list hell the image shows a yellow background with a empty list and a pen next to it.

In the midst of “to-do list hell,” it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and trapped in a never-ending cycle of tasks. Do you feel like you’re not making the impact you want as a strategic leader because your to-do list keeps giving birth to other lists? Well, I have a few suggestions to get you out…

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Strengths Analysis: A Key Question You Are Missing

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 17, 2024 |

When analyzing your strengths, what’s one question you probably don’t ask yourself? It’s common to assess our strengths and weaknesses through tools like a SWOT analysis. I often do my own for myself and my business at the end of the year. However, amidst this process, there’s one crucial question often overlooked: How do we…

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Why Is Change So Emotional?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 10, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on on why change is emotional the image a yellow painted wall being painted over with an orange roller.

In the midst of organizational change, ever wondered why rationality often takes a back seat? Recently, I was talking with a client about a big change effort that she and her team are immersed in.  We were exploring why individuals weren’t embracing the transition logically. The conclusion we came to is that change invariably carries an emotional component, whether it promises improvement or upheaval. Even if the change is for…

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Coke or Pepsi? Setting Expectations With Your Team

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 3, 2024 |

When you start a new project it is essential to set clear team expectations. You need to create a container of expectations so you know what you can expect from each other. Whether in coaching or any team collaboration, creating an expectation framework ensures clarity and productivity. These expectations could address how you want to…

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Are You Leading a Project or Just Managing It?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 27, 2024 |

Do you ever feel like your to-do list keeps giving birth to other lists?  I’ve been in the midst of launching a big client project this past month and I’m amazed at how checking one item off my to-do list seems to lead to 3 more next-step items taking its place.  Have you ever felt…

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Start Strong: Your First 30 Days In A New Job

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 20, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on starting strong in a new job the image shows an empty road with the words start on it.

“I got the job!” is a frequent text I get from clients – who calls these days? My clients are high performers and they want to aim even higher. New jobs and roles are an occupational hazard for many successful leaders. It’s hard to keep moving up unless you’re willing to take on new challenges,…

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Proving Your Worth. Ignore That Voice In Your Head.

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 13, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on proving your worth the image shows a young male holding out his hands to signify stop

Entering a new role comes with its share of challenges, particularly the pressure of “proving your worth.” As an executive leadership coach, I often hear from my clients who are starting a new role they feel pressure to rush in and make sweeping changes. But I strongly caution against doing that. Ignore that voice in…

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