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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.

What Are You Avoiding?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 28, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach | What Are You Avoiding?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how there’s always something we are avoiding but different types of people are avoiding different types of things. Are you a hard-driving, hard-charging personality? Then you might be avoiding rest or taking time for yourself. Or are you facing a really big task that seems overwhelming and you…

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Covid Makes It Take Longer

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 14, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Covid19 |Executive Leadership Coach| Covid makes it take longer

Are you that person who gets frustrated by someone so long to do a task that you know will only take five minutes? And are you also that person who’s been putting in longer hours because of all the extra work created by Covid? Then you’re like me and this video is for you.  When…

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Celebrating Endings

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 31, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Celebrate Endings|Executive Leadership Coach| Celebrating Endings

I posted this video back at the beginning of summer but it’s still relevant now as it seems that many of us will continue to be working remotely as we move toward the end of 2021. When working from home, it seems like we have fewer endpoints in our lives, defined endings to the day…

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Getting the 30,000-Foot View

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 25, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach |Getting the 30,000-Foot View

How do you get that 30 000 foot view of the lay of the land, that big picture? In today’s world, we seem to be pulled in so many different directions that it can be almost impossible to see the wider view of what’s going on in our work. We find ourselves putting out fires…

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Track Your Turn

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 28, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach |Track Your Turn

Are you taking up more oxygen in the room than others or are you barely contributing to meetings, such that people are wondering why you’re there. An important aspect of emotional intelligence (EQ) is relationship management. Often this means making sure that there is time and space for everyone to get their opinion and thoughts…

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How To Gracefully Recover When Your Technology Fails During Meetings

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 16, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach |How To Gracefully Recover When Your Technology Fails During Meetings

Article originally appeared in Forbes Last week, I was on a working vacation with my daughter and had a planned meeting with a new connection. Let’s call him John. When I jumped off my previous client call, I was already running two minutes late, which, of course, never feels good. I checked my digital calendar…

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Take a Mini Reset and Build Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 1, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach |Time for a Mini Reset

How many times have you sat in a meeting, whether it’s virtual or in-person, and found yourself frustrated because of what’s happening? Maybe someone keeps presenting the same idea over and over even though you have told them multiple times that it just won’t work. Or maybe you wish that someone would get to the…

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What Are People Really Saying?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 14, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach|What are people really saying? Improve your emotional intelligence

Do you ever wonder if what people are saying is what they really mean? The truth is that about 90% of our communication is non-verbal so it’s not the words we say but our actions and body language and our tone of voice. Build up your emotional intelligence (EQ) by learning to read the room.…

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How Can You Improve Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 8, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld |Executive Leadership Coach|How can you improve your emotional intelligence (EQ)?

Start by asking yourself what YOU need. Instead of rolling over and checking in with your phone when you wake up in the morning, take a breath and check in with yourself. Ask yourself, “What do I need today?“ Maybe you need to go out for a run or get a workout in because you…

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What’s Stressing Out Your Employees?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 26, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| What’s Stressing Out Your Employees?

Stressed employees are unproductive employees. Companies lose billions annually because of stressed-out employees who are unproductive and uninvested. A survey on workers under stress revealed that 41% felt less productive, 33% felt less engaged, and 15% felt compelled to look for a new job— all bad news for a business. Plus, they aren’t just employees,…

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