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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.

Be a Connector, Not Just a Networker

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 26, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on networking, the image shows pinboard with pins connected by strings.

Be a connector, not just a networker. What do I mean by that? I have built a large network at this stage of my career and one of the most valuable things you can be as a networker, and one I take a lot of pleasure in, is recognizing when I can’t really help someone…

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What Would It Take To Ask For Help?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 19, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on asking for help, the image shows a woman in a lake with a sign saying Help

How do you feel about asking for help? “It takes a village to run your life,” my Mom used to joke. To be honest, this made me feel a little awkward and uncomfortable, as though there was something wrong with me that I needed help, whether it was an au-pair to help with my kids…

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What is Team Building and Why It’s Critical to Your Business’ Success

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 12, 2023 |

What is Team Building?How Team Building Can Make Your Group More Effective & High PerformingWhat Are The Goals Of Your Team Building Program?Who Should Participate In Your Team Building Program?What Type Of Team Building Activities Should You Include?Create An Atmosphere Where Participants ParticipateBenefits Of A Team Building ProgramWhat Are The Steps To Planning An Effective…

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Does Change Make You Kick and Scream?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 5, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on change, the image shows a yellow sign with the words "change ahead".

Does CHANGE make you kick and scream? This learning snack is inspired by my niece. I just came back from an amazing family vacation in Chile and it was something that she said while we were traveling that made me reflect on how change is life for most of us. If you trying to motivate…

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What Are Your Goals for 2023?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 29, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on 2023 goals, the image shows years 2023 2022

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about 2023 and what plans I want to make as well as what goals to set. For the first time in recent memory, I don’t want to make any big changes as the New Year rolls around, but instead, want to nurture and maintain what I already have. For…

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Is It Time to Hire a Leadership Coach?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 21, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on leadership coaches, the image shows a business man standing in front of a meeting

Do you have a key contributor on your team, who has a tremendous amount of knowledge and valuable experience but seems to rub other team members the wrong way or creates friction? Don’t wait any longer. NOW is the best time to reach out to an executive or leadership coach before the situation deteriorates and…

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Do You Share Your Insights With Others?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 7, 2022 |

Do you share your insights with other team members or peers? If you have ever thought, “I bet this is so crazy; I can’t believe this happens to anyone else,” then it’s time to share these thoughts with your peers because it’s likely others are feeling the same. When you discuss these insights with your…

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What Can You Learn From Success? 

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 30, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on success, the image shows a business woman smiling.

Do you take the time to celebrate the accomplishments of your team and learn from success, or do you find they get lost in the frustrations of the present moment and the work they haven’t done yet? I see this all too often in my team development work. Team members give a nod to their…

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Five Ways To Tell If You’re Getting Wiser

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 16, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on leadership lessons, the image the Indigo Girls live in concert.

This article was first published by Forbes I recently had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite bands live in concert. It was an anniversary gift from my husband and my first live show in years! To my complete surprise, as the Indigo Girls came onstage and started singing “Least Complicated,” I felt my…

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Tough Conversations – Another Perspective 

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 12, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on tough conversations, the image shows two diverse men talking with serious faces.

Tough conversations at work can leave you feeling upset, hurt, and downright angry. Often, these emotions continue to build and build as you reflect on what was said. I know I have experienced this, and I’m sure you have, too. Yet, what I want to explore here is how can you turn this negative experience…

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