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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.

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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What Have You Done For Me Lately? aka The Postmortem

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 15, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| The Value of Anticipation

Like many at the start of the pandemic, I bet you were great about checking in with your team, making sure things were working or corrected. Yet now that you have been in it two months or more, chances are you have gotten a lot less consistent about checking in. Watch this learning snack for…

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I Need Change, Do You?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 8, 2020 |

When I look around right now, when I talk to clients, when I read the newspaper, I see this gnarly blend of creation and frustration. If necessity is the mother of invention then I truly hope we are poised to see new ideas and innovation we never dreamed possible. We truly need it! We need…

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Zoom Meetings: How to Deal with the Awkward Pause

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 20, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Virtual Meetings

You know what I’m talking about. The long, awkward pause that follows a question in a Zoom meeting. How do you deal with that? Unlike Q&A sessions in an in-person meeting, when you are on a video call, there is a long pause after you ask someone a question. What is the reason for the…

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The 10 Best Practices For Successful Suddenly Remote Teams

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 14, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| Tips for Remote Working

Previously published on Forbes.com Like many of you, most of my clients have had their co-located teams suddenly become remote teams in the previous month(s). Through guiding my clients and their teams to a successful new iteration of effective remote teaming, I’ve found these are the 10 most crucial things to get right for both…

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Here’s A Quick Zoom Tip – Who Has the Patience For Anything More?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 8, 2020 |

If your inbox is anything like my inbox, it’s overflowing with offers for webinars, articles and ways to think about your work during Covid19. It’s both wonderful and slightly exhausting. And as we enter week who-knows what of shelter in place, I find that I’m grateful for all the many brave ways people are showing…

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How to Give Feedback in a Virtual Meeting

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 1, 2020 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach| How to Give Feedback in a Virtual Meeting

When giving feedback in a virtual meeting, you can’t tell how the person is taking the feedback. It can often sound a lot harsher than it intended. Watch this quick learning snack for the best ways to give feedback virtually.

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Gratitude, Giving Myself an ‘A’ and my FREE Crisis Summit

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 9, 2020 |

As we move further into April, I find myself increasingly grateful for the high quality of interactions we can STILL have while being virtual. I was able to conduct and record a live panel with two of my colleagues on how to shift your work in a Coronavirus world. We had an awesome live turnout…

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