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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.

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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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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