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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.

Leaning Into Risk When Decision-making

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 2, 2022 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach |Risk|Leaning Into Risk When Decision-making

Do you hate taking risks when making decisions? A bad outcome doesn’t mean you made a bad decision. One great piece of advice I learned from Annie Duke’s book, “Thinking in Bets” is how you need to separate the decision-making process from the outcome. This means you can make the best decision given all the…

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How Long Could You Survive Without Your Cell Phone?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 24, 2022 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach |How Long Could You Survive Without Your Cell Phone?

Many people now put their cell phone away for at least one day on the weekend. Before Covid, I read a NY Times article on Silicon Valley folks who travel to remote islands without cell phone service to be forced to disconnect. I recently emerged from a four-day cell phone sabbatical. I wish I could say…

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My Favorite Books of 2021

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 27, 2022 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Favorite Books of 2022

I often get asked for my book recommendations so here are my favorite reads of 2021. This article was first published in Forbes. Four Thousand Weeks, Time Management For Mortals by Oliver Burkeman. This is not the time management book that most of us are looking for but it is the time management book that many…

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The Cost of Zoom Fatigue

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 20, 2022 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | The Cost of Zoom Fatigue

We all know that having the video on in Zoom calls is fatiguing to people.  But did you know that having the video led to people being less engaged in meetings and subsequently, in their work overall, leading them to speak up less in meetings and feeling less passionate about their job? It’s interesting because…

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The One Thing For Growing Leaders

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 13, 2022 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Big Picture | The One Thing For Growing Leaders

What is one of the most common things that people need to work on when they are newly promoted?  Answer: you need to step out and get a bigger picture and widen your perspective. If you have got a promotion, chances are it’s because you are great at taking a project from start to completion.…

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How Do You Impact Others?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 6, 2022 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | How Do You Impact Others?

Do you really know what you think you know? Like many of my clients, I am sure you have all done multiple surveys and tests that highlight your strengths and weaknesses. However, do you really know how those qualities really impact those around you? This is one of the big realizations that my clients come…

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How Big Is Your Plate?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 22, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | How big is your plate

Burnout is common around the holidays but I think it is so much pronounced this year due to the pandemic. I originally shared this video with my newsletter subscribers but I wanted to share it here, too. We all know the saying, “my plate is overflowing”, which we use to describe how overwhelmed we feel…

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Get Specific About Gratitude

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 15, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Getting Specific About Gratitude

The holidays are a good time to express gratitude but, to be honest, so is January and February, or any time of the year.  What are you doing to acknowledge the accomplishments of the people who work for you? Try to get as specific as you can as it adds a new level of recognition…

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Navigating Change: Slow Down Before You Land on Your Butt

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | December 2, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | Navigating Change: Slow Down Before You Land on Your Butt

Change. So many of my clients are talking about change lately. It can be big areas of change within their company: new objectives, hybrid working, or returning back to the workplace. It might be dealing with kids going back to school or college or changes in family situations with elderly parents. If you find yourself…

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How to be Compassionately Persistent

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | November 24, 2021 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach | How to be Compassionately Persistent

Is it possible to get your needs met and be compassionate at the same time? Yes, you can and in this video below, I share how a good friend of mine helped me make that realization. I would love to hear your thoughts. What are your suggestions for being persistent in getting your needs met…

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