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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June 23, 2014

Feel. Think. Act. Talk. Trust.

How much do you trust each of your team members? Do you trust each one differently? Probably. Unless you trust all of them unconditionally or none of them at all, each member of your team has earned a different degree of your trust. Naturally you want to get to a point where you can trust all of them with almost anything. Until then you have to evaluate how much you trust each and assign responsibilities to each accordingly. To some […]
June 16, 2014

5 Ways to Use Your Words Wisely

“In the beginning was the Word…” writes John in his gospel, offering perhaps one of the most thought-provoking insights of all time, even outside of its religious context. It reminds us that words have power. That language distinguishes us humans from other animals. And from this fundamental difference, you as a leader can draw power. Words move people. The right words move them more forcefully. Advertisers understand and effectively apply the power of words such as you, free, and now. […]
June 9, 2014

One Feedback Style Does Not Fit All

Only when leaders intimately understand each of the people they lead can they personalize their feedback style according to what works best for each. People don’t like to be generalized. Only personalized feedback gives them what they need in order to take appropriate action. To offer personalized feedback requires Leadership Intimacy—an intimate understanding of what each employee desires as motivation. Here I would like to share research that supports our claim. A study by Joshua Freedman and Carina Fiedeldey-Van Dijk, […]
June 2, 2014

The 6 Ps of Powerfully Productive Meetings

As I consult with companies around the world, I hear over and over complaints about meetings, as if they were the bane of the workplace. They often are, but they certainly don’t have to be. On its website the US State Department offers Seven Norms of Collaborative Work. After combining and rearranging the Norms, I share six here. I am confident that if you take them to heart, you and your team will begin having much more productive meetings. Below […]
May 26, 2014

Your Four Biggest Leadership Challenges

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) interviewed leaders from seven countries in order to identify The Challenges Leaders Face Around the World. Not surprisingly they shared many of the same leadership challenges. It quickly became clear as I read the CCL white paper that the concerns of leaders around the world fell into four categories—Me, You, We, and It. This focus is also supported by Daniel Goleman, “A failure to focus inward leaves you rudderless, a failure to focus on […]
November 3, 2014

Small Wins Mean Bigger Grins

As often as you see success celebrated in victory laps, leaping athletes, parades, and street parties, it’s easy to forget that’s not the way success usually goes. Mounting the Olympic podium is reserved for few. The rest of us will succeed, but step by step, inch by inch, one day at a time. In their book The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins To Ignite Joy, Engagement And Creativity At Work wife-and-husband psychologists Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer celebrate the power […]
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 […]