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Celebrating Incite’s 20th Anniversary!

February 15th, 2022

I was in my mid-twenties and no longer recognized myself.  I found myself stuck in a corporate job that was completely out of alignment with my values, purpose and even my own sense of self.  I dreaded going to work so much, I couldn’t muster the will to get out of bed in the mornings, repeatedly hitting the alarm snooze button. This was so unlike me.

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Book Review – The Language of Man: Learning to Speak Creativity

January 31st, 2017

As leaders, we are keenly aware of our environment – always dynamic and sometimes disruptive. Even with the ever-increasing pace, stress, and complexity of the world today, it’s easy to get stuck in status quo rather than pursue a new direction that may initially challenge but ultimately allow us to thrive. So what will facilitate the transition between where we are and where we can make the greatest impact as leaders? How do we access our greatest creativity even at times where change is the new norm? This is what my friend and author Larry Robertson answers in his brilliant new book!

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Reason # 2 to Avoid Strategic Planning: Organizational Climate

April 17th, 2016

When one of my clients – let’s call him Bill – first became the CEO a large nonprofit the organization was floundering. For a long time it was led by people who had the best of intentions but not the strategic outlook or discipline to truly optimize the organization’s mission. The leadership team (LT) was comprised of talented individuals, but they were a group of managers all with their own interests, agendas and loyalties, only interacting when necessary. Bill was also unknown and had a starkly different personality and management approach than his predecessors, which initially engendered resistance in the entire culture, including the LT.

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Top 3 Reasons to Avoid Strategic Planning: #1 Time & Timing

April 3rd, 2016

Clients often hire me to guide them through the strategic planning process. A Strategic Plan illuminates an organization’s vision and can become a compass that helps to navigate all important decisions and activities. It engages the staff, board, funders and other key stakeholders and assures that everyone is moving together in the right direction. Given all these benefits, shouldn’t every organization engage in the process? Actually no. This three-part series explores the primary easons for organizations to forgo strategic planning (for now).

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How Travel Can Make You a Better Leader

March 16th, 2016

Just so I can get the confession out of the way – yours and mine – I just returned from a fantastic week in Mexico City. I left several days after launching the podcast that I’ve been working on obsessively between clients and sleep for months. There was still so much to do, I struggled in deciding whether to go.

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How to Post an iTunes Review

February 17th, 2016

Thank you so much for subscribing and posting an iTunes review for the Leadership Insights Podcast!  Here is a super easy, fast way to do this. 1. Click here to visit podcast in iTunes online 2. Click “View in iTunes” under the podcast logo 3. If you haven’t yet done so, please subscribe (click the button under […]

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The Power of Story

February 2nd, 2016

“If we’re not able to tell our story we’re not able to connect with other people who will truly benefit from it.” – Scott Jackson, CEO, Global Impact and the Leadership Insights Podcast first guest.  

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Crossing Borders

June 18th, 2015

Twelve years ago a friend working in a publishing company asked me to share my immigration story in a book for grade-schoolers.  I remember answering all kinds of questions about my family’s immigration journey and, along with childhood pictures in the former Soviet Union and subsequent life in the U.S, it was all published in […]

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Get validated!

March 15th, 2015

Need a little validation today? Don’t we all! This video from YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbk980jV7Ao is one of those cute, goofy and exceptionally heart-warming films you’ll be glad you spent 13 minutes watching!

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Choosing the Path with a Heart

February 10th, 2015

Growing up in an immigrant family – who came to the U.S. with nothing but a few suitcases, $200 and speaking no English – I learned that hard work, struggle and discipline were honorable.  I studied and worked like crazy, even when I wasn’t enjoying it, firmly believing that with enough sweat and determination I […]

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