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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.

You Have Too Many Meetings

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 8, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Too Many Meetings

You have too many meetings. It’s the simple truth.  But as a leader, you need to set aside time weekly, if not daily for deep, strategic thought. After all, that’s why you are in the leadership role. Problem: How do you carve out the time for strategic thought when you are in meetings from early…

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What Does It Mean to Be a Good Boss?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 2, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| What Does It Mean to Be a Good Boss?

Coaching my clients over the years, I have given much thought to what it means to be a good boss.  In my opinion, the single most important thing that makes a good boss is to enable the success and growth of your direct reports. Watch the video for more. 

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How Do You Turn a Painful Sunburn into a Teaching Moment?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 22, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Feedback |Executive Leadership Coach| How to Learn from the past to be Preventative

This week’s learning snack is inspired by my daughter’s unfortunate mishap. After she suffered a really nasty sunburn the other week, I took good care of her burn but at the same time I talked to her about how this painful incident will change how she thinks about sunscreen in the future. That instead of…

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Five Mistakes To Avoid With Partially Remote Employees: Lessons From Biotech

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 20, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Five Mistakes To Avoid With Partially Remote Employees: Lessons From Biotech

Article originally appeared in Forbes It’s time to return to the office. Or is it? How can newly hybrid companies best manage the divide between in-person and remote workers? Reaching out to biotech company CEOs, I learned crucial do’s and don’ts. When shelter-in-place hit the Bay Area, many biotech companies found themselves with most of…

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Do You Know the Difference between Impact and Intent?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 10, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Intent |Executive Leadership Coach| Do You Know the Difference between Impact and Intent?

We think we know the difference but often when apologizing for our actions or mistakes, we tend to emphasize intent over impact. When we do this, it ends up sounding like you are making excuses for yourself instead of taking responsibility for the impact you had on others. Watch this week’s learning snack to find…

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What Am I Reading this Summer?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 10, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| What am I reading this Summer 2020?

Every few months someone asks me “When are you doing your newsletter on what you’re reading again? I use it to pick my next reads.” I’m honored that you want to know what I’m reading and enjoying. I’ve actually had a lot more time to read lately (thank you Covid?) but I have to confess,…

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Time to Rest and Time to Act

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 20, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Time to Rest and a Time to Act

As we move into what we know as the summer break, I wanted to reach out to you with a few thoughts and resources as well as a wish for some true relaxing moments and unplugging from our incredibly “always on” virtual worlds. Take Anti-Racist Action I was on an amazing free webinar on “Whiteness…

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Are You Guilty of Unclear Communication?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 8, 2020 |

It would be great if you could… It would be lovely if you would… Do you start your requests with phrases like these? But then you feel upset or annoyed when these requests are not done? It’s time to get clear in your communication. Watch this quick learning snack on one communication change that you…

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A Little Anticipation Goes a Long Way

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 25, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| The Value of Anticipation

Are you grieving the loss of anticipation and something to look forward to? A little anticipation goes a long way. Researchers found that gifts that involve some type of anticipation can give the recipient as much pleasure as the gift itself. I realize the loss of things to look forward to is nothing compared to…

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Change: Why Not How

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 25, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Do people know the why behind your change

We are all witnessing huge calls for real change right now. For those that have already been working on change in your organization, it is important to stop and ask yourself the following: “Do your people know the why behind your change?” Watch this week’s learning snack on why your WHY is more important than…

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