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.

June 6, 2018

We Are Hardwired to Resist Change

Every organization is facing persistent change. And every leader is charged with leading their people through the era of permanent adjustment. People follow their leaders, and the way leaders respond […]
June 4, 2018
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Are Your Leaders Aligned Around Your Changing Landscape?

The oncoming rush of change will encompass more than just technology. The world, its population and climate, the marketplace and its consumers will all demand new strategies, new leadership methods, […]
June 1, 2018
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Establishing a Feedback-rich Culture Makes Any Company Better

Why then are so many companies struggling to foster a culture of feedback? We believe many managers still lack the skills, knowledge, or courage to provide people with direct, high-quality, […]
June 1, 2018
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Providing Tough Feedback Doesn’t Need to Be Terrifying

Giving someone constructive criticism can be stressful especially when the feedback is challenging. At the same time providing redirecting feedback to employees can improve performance, enhance commitment, and show care […]
June 1, 2018
safety

A 4 step-process to create psychological safety during feedback.

In order to effectively influence others, it is essential to communicate in a way that ensures involvement and commitment. Barbara Fredrickson at the University of North Carolina has found that […]
May 31, 2018
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Want your managers to be seen as more effective?

Guide them towards dishing out WAY more positive feedback. Research shows that people see leaders as more effective when they give praise. Obviously the feedback of a job well done […]
March 9, 2018
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Align4Profit Wins Top Leadership Partner Award

LEAD2018 goes to CoachQuest We have just learned that once again our CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach program has earned a LEAD2018 award under the Top Leadership Partner category by HR.com. The LEAD2018 […]
February 5, 2018
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How to Share Feedback Effectively

It’s one of the most critical job of any leader. Whether working with a colleague, direct report, or even with your boss, every manager needs to know how to provide […]
February 2, 2018
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Develop an Inclusive Organizational Culture

Using Ubuntu as your guide. In 1993 when I left South Africa to move to the U.S., the country was transitioning to a free democracy after years of apartheid. With […]
February 1, 2018
diversity

Are your leaders embracing the diverse work styles on their teams?

Diversity goes beyond race and gender. It also includes thinking, learning, and communication styles. More importantly, your managers are charged to create an organizational culture where differences are embraced, so […]
January 31, 2018
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Create an inclusive corporate culture through Leadership Intimacy

Building a truly inclusive environment does not happen overnight. Much like building relationships take place over a longer period of time. Leadership Intimacy means to be known by and to […]
January 29, 2018
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Let’s deepen and widen the conversation of diversity and inclusion

And bring about real change in your organization. We have all read the research that confirms the organizational benefits of diversity. Your leaders know that diverse teams and organizations are […]
January 26, 2018

Good Managers Are Diligent About Following Up on Agreements

It’s just one part of being skilled at leading Compelling Conversations And in order to lead Compelling Conversations, your managers must become exceptional at the 4 Ups!. That means they: […]
January 25, 2018
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Taking Action Is a Key Indicator of Compelling Conversations

Are your leaders leading with Compelling Conversations? In a series of posts on my 4 Ups! model (Bring it Up! Talk it Up! Wrap it Up! and Follow it Up!) […]
January 24, 2018
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Leading Is Talking

But talking is much more than making conversation. Think of your workplace and count the astounding number of conversations, debates, disagreement, negotiations, and feedback discussions that take place daily, monthly, […]
June 27, 2018
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Achievement Orientation Is an Emotionally Intelligent Behavior

In a previous blog post, Emotional Intelligence (EI) Is Not Only About Being Nice, I shared that managers with high levels of EI, operate in the sweet spot. By that […]
June 25, 2018
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Triggers and Adaptive Behaviors

We’ve all got triggers — those situations, people, or moods that trigger us into reacting less than appropriately to an issue. Our amygdala (part of our brain) triggers emotions faster […]
June 22, 2018
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Emotional Intelligence Is Not Only About Being Nice

At the core of leadership today, your leaders need the skills to embrace ambiguity, be agile, yet stay focused, and pay close attention to the complexity of business. Leaders need […]
June 20, 2018
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Drive High-Levels of Accountability in Your Teams

We all want to work in an environment where all our teammates perform well and deliver on their commitments. So what can your managers do to foster accountability with employees? […]
June 17, 2018
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Moments of Silence Can Lead to More Accountability

Instead of taking accountability for a challenging situation at work, we often complain about our circumstances or vent our frustrations. That takes us away from self-reflection and we avoid self-examination. […]
June 15, 2018
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Metacognition Can Raise Levels of Accountability

Accountability is a hot topic of discussion in most organizations. I’m sure your leaders work diligently toward promoting accountability, but my clients tell me that personal accountability is still not […]