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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October 27, 2014

How Great Leaders Tell Compelling Stories

Compelling stories do a much better job of delivering a message than any other form of communication. Stories communicate meaning far more effectively and powerfully. Numbers and statistics can confirm claims. They have even been known to stretch the truth. But only stories can move people beyond logic and reason into the realm of emotion, conviction, and dedicated action. Storytelling does a better job of helping others understand who you are and what you stand for. They illustrate vision, teach […]
October 20, 2014

Ten Human Givens All Leaders Need to Address

In order to achieve High Commitment and High Performance in their organizations, leaders must create workplace experiences that, first, satisfy the human needs of their employees and, second, motivate them to meet specific goals. To create workplace experiences that deliver desired results, leaders must encourage ownership, foster mutual understanding and agreement, and build trust. In the pursuit of these objectives, leaders do well to consider and address Human Givens. Human Givens Over time, humans have evolved innate physical and emotional […]
October 13, 2014

Ubuntu: Leadership Lessons from Africa

Boyd Varty grew up among the animals of the Londoloze Game Reserve of eastern South Africa. A place, he recalls in his TED Talk What I learned from Nelson Mandela, where the “people, animals and ecosystems teach us about a more interconnected world.” When he was nine years old, Boyd met Nelson Mandela, whom he refers to as the embodiment of ubuntu—the African word for interconnectedness. More specifically, ubuntu means, “I am because of you.” It expresses the idea that […]
September 22, 2014

Lindsay Learns a Leadership Lesson from the Platinum Rule

Lindsay (not her real name) was a bright, ambitious manager. Recently hired to lead a team at a software company, she was eager to start off in a positive way. During her interview process, she had met with the group she would lead. She knew they would have a say in who would be hired. And the fact that she was chosen from among several dozen candidates led Lindsay to think, rightly so, that she already had made a good […]
September 15, 2014

It’s Not a Contradiction When You See Both Sides

Some leaders don’t do well with contractions. You know who I mean. The “my way or the highway” type. Those command-and-control leaders, who think they have to be right all the time and think they’ve failed if they ever have to stand corrected. To help dispel the one-right-way myth, I’ve listed two columns of proverbs, below, under several leadership topics. As you read them, see if you agree with one or the other.
February 16, 2015

4 Kinds of Clarity to Improve How You Delegate

Leaders have to delegate. They decide who does what work and how much. In a competitive marketplace, success goes to those who produce most efficiently. You want your teams to get as much done at the highest level of excellence. What do you do when they don’t? When the work you assign does not meet the standards you’ve set, do you assume that your employees have failed? Or do you consider improving the way you delegate? In my experience, poor […]
February 9, 2015

4 Ways to Ace the Culture-Results Balancing Act

Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001 is known for driving performance. One of the most praised corporate leaders in the world, Welch increased GE’s net earnings from approximately $14 billion to $500 billion during his reign. I say “reign,” because Welch was also known for his imperial presence, a workforce-reduction method dubbed “rank and yank,” and his defense of his “public hanging” firing style. All three of these terms unfairly disparage the legendary […]
February 2, 2015

Playfulness: The power of play in the workplace

How many times have you seen an interview in which a movie star, a sports hero, or a hugely successful person sums up their passion for what they do with, “I absolutely love what I do!” Isn’t that the secret to happiness—loving what you do? Shouldn’t we all be doing what we love? If you’re one of the lucky ones who loves the work they do, I’ll bet you’re having fun. People who love what they do naturally have fun […]
January 26, 2015

It Takes Three Whats to Make Leadership Training Last

The question is often asked, Why do so many leadership development initiatives fail? The answer involves three more questions. What? So what? and Now What? I’ve never heard of leadership training that failed to convey worthwhile information. So the failure is never about what is taught or what is learned. I don’t think any leadership development trainer serves up false information. Nor have I met a leader who doesn’t know enough about leadership. In Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately […]