Helanie Scott

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

Leadership development may be the most important activity in any organization. In my quest to helping men and women become more and more effective leaders, I share weekly articles that are a quick read with a promise to give your leaders actionable tips they can implement immediately.

It’s my goal to share my experience together with candid and pragmatic advice founded on deep research.

Read and enjoy! To make sure you don’t miss any updates, let me send you a weekly article to your email.

November 5, 2012

A Seven-Point Definition of Coaching

Think back to any college 101 course you’ve ever taken. I’ll bet it began with definitions. The reason: many words have more than one meaning. Often a word means something […]
October 22, 2012

Feedback—the Breakfast of Champions

There may be no better model for excellence in leadership than the coach model, because no group of people works more effectively than a well coached sports team. Watching a […]
October 8, 2012

Feel. Think. Act. Talk. like a Coach

Feel. Think. Act. Talk. like a Coach You’ve noticed, I’m sure, that in many ways, people act out the roles they play as professionals. At the risk of encouraging stereotypes, […]
August 20, 2012

You Can’t Be Blindsided If You Don’t Have a Blind Side

The four-eyed fish can see above and below water at the same time. Mother nature gave this perceptive creature bifocal lenses. The bottom half of each eye sees clearly underwater, […]
July 23, 2012

Sustainable Change. Isn’t that a Contradiction?

Sustain means to maintain a steady course, while change means just about the opposite. Yet sustainable change is not a contradiction. It’s part of what you need to keep your […]
July 9, 2012

Leadership Intimacy. It’s All About You.

Leadership springs from what you believe, how you act, how you learn, and how you improve. But you and your success are just the beginning. To leverage your ability, your […]
June 11, 2012

Good News/Bad News for HR Executives

First the bad news: Research says corporations spend between 2 and 10 percent of employee compensation on leadership development and get mediocre results. Another study says that only 35 percent […]
June 10, 2012

Fabulous feedback from recent CoachQuest grads

At CoachQuest we take feedback and metrics seriously. Not only do we love the anecdotal comments we receive, but we pore over the program evaluations very carefully. Last week’s CoachQuest […]
May 14, 2012

The Leadership Coaching Framework should be built Brick by Brick

The practice of a leadership coaching framework reminds me of a story I once read that goes a little like this… A man was walking along a city street and […]
February 1, 2012

Don’t Take My Word for It

“No one likes to hear you toot your own horn,” I was told from an early age. “It’s bad form and very unbecoming!” If I had know then what I […]
January 16, 2012

The Leadership Coaching Box Bears Many Gifts

Sharpening your leadership coaching skill is essential for achieving sustainable results. Coaching helps you advance the skills, knowledge and attitude of employees to perform at their peak. According to the […]
October 24, 2011

Helping workers become more valuable and productive relies on Leadership Coaching

Coaching in the news from India. In an interesting article from Fast Company, Phaneesh Murthy, CEO of iGate Patni, a top-10 Indian outsourcing company, where Murthy oversees 26,000 employees he […]
October 10, 2011

Find your Voice and Coach your team to use theirs

Extraordinary leadership is about creating a climate where the truth is told, brutal facts are confronted, pink elephants are discussed, solutions are debated, commitments are made and kept, and unified […]
September 30, 2011

The Leadership Solution

Bring it Up! Leadership must have courage and humility to address the Real issues and Real facts. Talk it Up! Leadership must use candor and engage in lively debate. Wrap […]
September 27, 2011

Leadership is Un-REAL

Does Leadership provide safe passage? Do you use your voice and inspire others to find theirs? 90% of employees… agree that they do not receive honest performance reviews with meaningful […]
July 27, 2015

12 Ways to Give Great Feedback

Too often feedback afflicts both managers and employees with fear and loathing—the fear of an upcoming feedback session and the loathing that follows. All of it unnecessary. Keeping ten positive […]
July 13, 2015

Why Women Leaders Still Fall Behind

Women are making huge strides around the world. As I write, the victorious women of the United States national soccer team are enjoying their ticker-tape parade in New York City—the […]
July 6, 2015

Five Ways Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

Some leaders motivate much more effectively than others. The greatest examples come to mind immediately. Born in South Africa, I think first of Nelson Mandela. But we have many examples […]
June 29, 2015

How Rudeness Ruins Work

Christine Porath, an associate professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, has been studying the rise of rudeness in the workplace for nearly 20 years. Her disturbing findings […]
June 15, 2015

When to Coach. When to Mentor.

Coaches and mentors perform very different functions in the development of the people they help. Their responsibilities overlap, because both are concerned with another’s development. But leaders must recognize the […]
June 8, 2015

How to Lead Like an Octopus

The octopus could teach some leaders a thing or two about leadership. Specifically it can help leaders who micromanage, those who worry over the smallest details of the direction they […]