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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.

The Healing Power in Saying “I’m Sorry”

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 12, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on the healing power of I'm sorry the image shows a man looking down and sad.

There is healing power in saying “I’m sorry.” When we are apologizing, we may say “I accept responsibility” and express ownership of our actions but often there is a reluctance to directly say the words, “I’m sorry.” In a recent conversation with one of my executive leadership coaching clients, I encouraged them to consider the…

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Feedback is a Gift. But Is It One You Want? 

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 23, 2024 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on feedback as a gift the image shows a hand offering a drawing of a smiley face icon.

Feedback is a gift. But is it though? And is it the gift you wanted? I was facilitating a team training recently where we discussed this concept and someone came up with an analogy that I had to share. Imagine feedback as a present. Some presents are a perfect fit, it’s the gift you were…

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ONE Thing You Should Know When Making a Choice

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 16, 2024 |

In a recent conversation with fellow executive coaches and consultants about decision-making criteria, someone shared a gem that I had to share. They said: “The experience of moving forward matters more than the choice.” This wise statement made me stop and say, “OMG, I HAVE to write that down!” For those caught in decision-making loops,…

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Have You Done Your Personal SWOT Analysis for 2024?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 9, 2024 |

By now your function or group at work has probably finished its strategic plan and 2024 forecast. What about your own future? How far out are you thinking about your life, trends in your industry, and what might be around the corner? The Institute For The Future found that more than a quarter of Americans say that they rarely…

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Tough Questions: Go Ahead and Ask Them 

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 26, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on asking tough questions the image shows two women sitting across the table from someone else engaged in a deep discussion.

Asking tough questions is not easy. When working with teams, one of the most important things to do is to open up a discussion where everyone’s voice is heard and make sure that everyone weighs in. This often means delving into uncomfortable territories or posing tough questions. Oftentimes when this happens, someone will say something…

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Make Your Business Travel Count

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 19, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on business travel the image shows a man in a suit checking into a hotel.

Business travel is back on, even if it’s not as routine as it was pre-2020. In a recent discussion with executive team members located across the country in various locations, we talked about the value of strategic thinking when on business trips. If you’re already taking the time away from your family and your current…

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Mastering the Art of Apology

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 12, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on the art of apology the image shows a man sheepishly holding up a sign saying "I'm Sorry"

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you realized you’ve made a mistake and hurriedly rushed to apologize, only to sense something wasn’t quite right? You’re not alone. Recently, I’ve been working on an article on what to do when you mess up and in the process, dived into the nuances of apologies…

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Are You Stuck in the Holiday Messy Middle?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 5, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on the end of year at work the image shows a set of two arrows going in two directions

Between now and the end of the year, we are in that slog between Thanksgiving and New Year’s where everyone is either gearing up to close the year strong or starting to check out mentally. Depending on your industry, you might be wrapping up projects and tasks, or going into overdrive to close sales, meet…

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Do You Know Why You’re Doing That?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 29, 2023 |

Spending part of the summer in Carmel has become a significant ‘Why” for me. It started during the pandemic. I realized how meaningful it was for me to have a couple of summer weeks where I take daily walks on the beach with my pups, enjoy some amazing California cuisine, and experience the slower pace…

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5 Tips For Better Collaboration

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 22, 2023 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on collaboration the image shows a group of business people holding hands in line.

Effective collaboration is not as easy as you might think. This year I had the benefit of having several lovely collaborations as well as working with several different teams on their collaborations. I thought I would just sum up some of this wisdom for you in no particular order. What I learned about good collaboration this year:…

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