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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.

Work Relationships: Being Proactive

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 30, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on work relationships, the image shows a woman sitting at a desk with her head in her hands.

Work relationships are something that as a leader or team member you always need to be working on. Recently, I was talking with a client who described a problem he had with one team member because he would never know how upset she was until she would lose it. We talked about how he can…

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Big-Picture Thinking vs Tunnel Vision

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 23, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on big-picture thinking, the image shows a woman creating a square frame with her fingers to look through.

Sometimes you need to put your big-picture thinking aside and adopt tunnel vision in order to give your complete attention and focus to a project and be productive. But what is the price you pay for that? What happens when your vision becomes so focused that you stop paying attention to what’s happening just on…

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Do Hard-driving Leaders Get Better Results?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 9, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on hard-driving leaders, the image shows two cute cartoon faces, one on top of a straight line, one inside a circle.

Do hard-driving leaders get better results? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot recently, only to open the newspaper recently (yes, we still get a physical newspaper) to an article about lauded UC Berkeley swimming coach, Teri McKeever, who also served as the US Olympic team coach, in which it detailed how she bullied and…

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Are Your Habits Still Serving You?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 2, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on habits, the image shows two signs, one saying good habits and the other bad habits, with arrows pointing in different directions.

All of us develop habits, both in our personal and work life. Yet are they still serving you? Are they still helping you? I challenge you to pick one habit that you have had for a long time and ask yourself, “Is this habit still doing what I want it to do for me?” These…

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Amazing Leaders Ask These 3 Questions Every Day

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 26, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on questions amazing leaders ask every day, the image shows a yellow background with a pile of Post-Its with a question mark on the top one.

This article first appeared in Forbes An amazing leader I’ve worked with over several years just gave notice. It was time for a short sabbatical before finding her next purpose-driven pursuit. When she gave notice, members of her team cried when they heard, her org tried to delay her departure as long as possible, and…

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Feedback Survey: How to Avoid Surprises

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 20, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on feedback survey and surprises the image shows a drawing of a woman's head with illustrations of technology and computers

Do you ever find yourself astonished when you get the results of a company feedback survey or performance review? What it comes down to is that as a founder, leader, or manager, you should be checking in regularly enough with your team members or direct reports so there are no big surprises when the final…

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Are You Clear On The Outcome?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 12, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on outcomes the image shows a woman looking at a drawing showing a maze of lines on a board

Being clear and knowing the outcome you want before you embark on something is key. It’s key to successful meetings, giving a presentation, and coaching your team to higher performance. Are you in the process of hiring someone new for your team? Then knowing the outcome is very important here, too, so that you can…

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What Does a Pre-Mortem Look Like?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 4, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on pre-mortems for team development, the image shows a team sitting around a table.

One of my favorite things ever is a pre-mortem. Unlike a post-mortem which looks backward after the end of a project, a pre-mortem actually happens before the project ends. If you are worried that your team is being more reactive and not proactive enough, then I recommend trying this out. With a pre-mortem, you’re asking…

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Do You Dissect Success?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 27, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on dissecting success the image shows some building blocks being put together to create the sign of an up arrow.

Is it important to dissect your success? Do you ever stop to celebrate your wins or are you one of those people who move on to the next thing immediately? I believe that taking the time to dissect your success is extremely valuable. Ask yourself what helped those successes? What behaviors did you change that…

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Does Your Team Have A Hero Or A Martyr?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 20, 2022 |
For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on team performance the image shows a pair of crutches leaning against a white wall.

Breaking my ankle and relying heavily on my family led me to think about how loss and vulnerability affect team performance.

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