Helanie Scott

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

In the following posts of the Align4Profit leadership development blog, you’ll find fascinating news, helpful advice, and easy-to-implement leader-as-coach techniques and tips for leaders in all kinds of organizations.

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March 23, 2015

Future Leaders. What’s in Store. (What’s a store?)

I hesitate to warn leaders about change, because change is, always has been, and always will be the rule. So what’s new? You’re familiar with change. Right? Well, actually, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The change coming will demand that future leaders discard almost everything they know about leadership. Today’s best practices will provide as much utility as yesterday’s carbon paper. In terms of social and technological change, we are poised at the second half of the chessboard, according to […]
March 16, 2015

Dive Deep to Address Resistance to Change

People can and will change their behavior when and only when they convince themselves that the change will benefit them. Change must take place where it counts—deep in the structure of the brain, where biology has made a habit of the current behavior. Brain researchers explain why old habits die hard. Habits, good or bad, create neural pathways in the brain. Like deep ocean currents, these pathways determine where the waters of behavior will flow. Breaking a habit is like […]
March 9, 2015

4 Ways to Help Employees Out of Hell

The word hell comes to us through the Anglo-Saxon roots of English and from the Proto-Indo-European word kel, which means to conceal or cover up. If you’ve ever concealed anything about yourself, you understand the hell of closeting your feelings, inclinations, history, or identity. We all have secrets, of course, but if you haven’t had to hide anything as deep as your identity, ask someone who’s recently come out of the closet. They’ll tell you it can be hell. Obviously […]
March 2, 2015

Mending the Madness of Multitasking

Among the 25 million meetings that take place in the US every day, 92 percent of the participants engage in some form multitasking such as texting, checking emails, or eating. As many as 41 percent multitask all the time. Which would be fine if multitasking made people more productive. In fact, it does the opposite. A very informative infographic, The High Cost Of Multitasking vividly illustrates the madness of multitasking. A study at Stanford University goes so far as to […]
February 23, 2015

The Imitation Game and Leadership Intimacy

Alan Turing was a genius. Known as the father of computer science, he gave the world the fundamental concepts required to invent and build computers. The Academy Award winning movie The Imitation Game tells the story of his heroic attempt to save the British and the rest of the world from the Nazis. It’s safe to read on. No major spoilers herein. The few moments described below will not in any way diminish your enjoyment of the film. During World […]
June 1, 2015

Six Ways to Gain Discretionary Effort

The difference between the effort an employee can invest in their work and the minimum effort they have to invest in order to keep their job is called Discretionary Effort. It’s like the bonus your employees give you. Time and effort above and beyond. The extra mile. If we measure discretionary effort in terms of time on the job, at the workplace or away, we can then graph it as I’ve done at right. The more engaged an employee, the […]
May 25, 2015

Construal Leadership: How employees construe your direction

In psychology a concept called “construals” looks at how individuals interpret the world around them, and especially the way they expect others to behave with regard to themselves. You’re right if you expect construals to have quite an impact on the way leaders should behave, if they want to be effective. Construal theory was developed as a way to understand motivation by examining how social distance affects the way people respond to feedback. In Nir Halevy on Motivating Your Workforce, […]
May 18, 2015

Coffee, Tea, and Leadership Intimacy

It’s practically impossible to watch a British movie or TV show without someone inviting someone else to sit down and, “Have a nice cup of tea.” All around the world, people make warm drinks like coffee and tea the essential component of their assemblies—from kaffeeklatsches to tea parties. Often tea or coffee is offered as a health remedy and more often to calm nerves, reduce stress, or simply make someone feel better. And more often than not, hot drinks do […]
May 4, 2015

Nine Nasty No-nos for Smart Global Leaders

As the world shrinks, leaders are expected to lead teams consisting of professional people living and working in cultures spread around the globe. As a result, inevitably and innocently, cultural differences cause misunderstanding. I can illustrate how easily this can happen with just a few examples. Below are nine gestures, expression, and behaviors that can get a leader into hot water. There are many, many more. But let’s start somewhere. Never give gifts in groups of four in China. Doing […]