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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August 4, 2014

4 Reasons for Feedback from Multiple Sources

Feedback from multiple sources is always more reliable than any one source. Especially when the feedback conflicts with what someone already believes to be true. For example, if one person tells you that you have a green tail, you can confidently assume they are mistaken. If two people make the same observation, you might conclude they are in cahoots and pulling your leg. But when a dozen people insist, it may be time to embrace your tail! Four for More […]
July 28, 2014

3 Reasons Not to Use Forced Ranking Systems

Everything we do for our clients at Align4Profit aims at creating cultures of High Commitment that also produce results-driven High Performance. We believe it’s the only combination that works for long-term growth in an organization. By that I mean, it’s the only way you and your organization can ensure a sustainable focus on people and profit. DAME The challenge is to hit what we call the DAME sweet spot—the intersection and situational balance of Driving Accountability (DA) and Motivating Engagement […]
July 21, 2014

The Other Side of the Golden Rule

Every major religion and essentially every philosophy, ethical system, and human culture has embraced what has come to be known as the Golden Rule. It seems that humans understood long ago that they tend to respond to the way they are treated with similar treatment. No surprise, then, that a rule advising good treatment should appear. When you follow the Golden Rule, you will find that, in general, you are treated well in return. Unfortunately bad treatment still triggers bad […]
July 14, 2014

16 Team Alignment Challenges You Can Solve

Unfortunately, strong and healthy team alignment is rare. But it’s not only possible to achieve, it’s absolutely within your reach. If your teams are perfectly aligned, you don’t need to read any further. If you’re not sure how well aligned they are, go through the following 16 Team Alignment Challenges. Perfectly aligned teams suffer none of these complaints and conditions. We are all working hard but pulling in different directions We suffer from low trust and poor team dynamics Our […]
July 7, 2014

How Memories Motivate

Nobel laureate and psychologist Daniel Kahneman makes a distinction between what he calls the Experiencing Self and the Remembering Self. This distinction helps explain why human experiences and memories can be so different. Why experiences fade and memories motivate. To really understand what Kahneman has to say, view the TED video Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory. I offer a summary of his theory followed by what I think it means to leaders. Kahneman contends that people base […]
December 8, 2014

Four Japanese Leadership Lessons from Toyota

The Toyota production system (TPS) is recognized around the world for making Toyota an automotive manufacturing leader. I bring TPS to your attention because it is an integrated socio-technical system—that is, an organizational development approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of people and technology. My approach of Leadership Intimacy also recognizes the interconnectedness of people but goes further, insisting that no matter how many technical skills leaders develop or how much theoretical knowledge they accumulate, they will still succeed or fail […]
December 1, 2014

Nine Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela

On December 5 of last year, Nelson Mandela joined the ranks of the 20th century’s greatest departed leaders. Along with Martin Luther King, Jr, and Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela transformed his country and the world by moving millions to courageous action. His leadership has been extolled by countless commentators and a host of world leaders. There’s nothing we can add on the first anniversary of his passing. Instead, I’d like to suggest that as 2014 draws to a close, you […]
November 24, 2014

Six Sure Ways to Inspire Action

It’s been said that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Amen. Everyone has good intentions, but fewer see their intentions bear fruit. In any political debate or discussion about how to make the world a better place, most participants seem to know what they think should be done, but again, few get up and do anything. Just as in everyday life, the workplace holds no shortage of good intentions. The following six directives describe what great leaders […]
November 17, 2014

4 Ways Not to Fall Into the Training-Do Gap

Learning is meaningless unless you also achieve behavior change. Too many organizations invest time and money training in order to improve performance only to find that, when the training is over, performance does not improve. Been there? It’s called the Training-Do Gap. First, let’s understand why this happens. At least two reasons. Training programs often focus too heavily on theory and neglect commitment to specific action. Within three months of a training event, people forget about 80 percent of what […]