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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March 24, 2014

Help us with the 4 Ups! Survey

It’s a fact: frequent, open, honest, and candid communication is essential to organizational health. Yet in my practice, far to many clients complain that it just doesn’t happen. I’d like to understand better why some leaders have problems communicating. So I am surveying leaders all around the world to find out. Help me solve this problem You can help me by taking a simple, two-question survey. I will use the results to attempt to answer the following questions:
March 17, 2014

Where Do You Stand on the Feedback Staircase?

Great leaders understand that if they want their employees to improve, they have to give each one honest, direct, and timely feedback. And the same goes for leaders. To improve, you have to seek out and welcome feedback from your manager, your peers, and your employees. In my paper Breakfast of Champions, I offer steps to take to improve the way you receive feedback. Here I’d like to take you step by step through each step on what I call […]
March 10, 2014

Tenacity in the Balance

Many great plans, dreamed up and designed in the heat of creative passion, end up discarded for lack of leadership Tenacity. As a tenacious leader, you not only have to set expectations and inspire the plan with a firmness of purpose, you have to follow through on execution to the very end with fierce determination. Of course, like all Six Attraction Powers, Tenacity must be applied carefully in a balanced approach. Tenacity will serve you, your team, and your organization […]
March 3, 2014

4 Ways to Make Reflection More Powerful

Leaders who consistently make time for Reflection help not only themselves but also everyone around them. By reflecting on how you need to behave in order to get the best out of everyone, you will consistently make progress driving accountability and motivating engagement. Reflection makes the difference between a well-guided team and organization and one that constantly gets tossed around on the tides of change. Like all Leadership Attraction Powers, you must carefully balance your use of Reflection. Use this […]
February 24, 2014

Why and How Engagement Improves Profit

Our ongoing research consistently tells us that Engagement, one of the Six Leadership Attraction Powers, is the the lifeblood of coaching effectiveness. When leaders regularly engage employees in feedback in the form of reinforcement and redirection, they are twice as likely to report to researchers that they prefer to stay and work with that employer. Put the other way, they are twice as likely to leave if they don’t. Prompt and properly delivered positive recognition and corrective direction increase productivity […]
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 […]