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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February 21, 2014

Five Olympic-class Leadership Lessons

Everyone aiming for High Performance should at least have a look at Leadership lessons from the Olympics by Tom Scott in the Washington Post. There are no end to the lessons leaders can learn from watching the performances and learning the stories of this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. Scott focuses on the following five: 1. Relish, don’t stress, the big moment. I’m always amazed at how the world’s most outstanding Olympic performers approach their big moments. No one knows […]
February 17, 2014

How the Mature Adult Displays Maturity

In the context of the workplace, Mature leaders provide a reliable pattern of behavior that employees can depend on for calm, fair, considered, and balanced responses to all kinds of situations—from everyday conflicts and major catastrophes.
February 10, 2014

The Seven Essential Abilities of an Empathetic Leader

Great leaders take a personal interest in the employees they manage. They apply the appropriate and balanced amount of Empathy, one of the Six Attraction Powers. Empathetic leaders invest themselves mentally and emotionally in the well-being of their employees. This behavior fosters trust, which facilitates the highest possible level of collaboration and teamwork. Trust also encourages better working relationships, makes work easier, creates a safe environment for achievement, and is more satisfying for all concerned. Like every other Attraction Power, […]
February 6, 2014

More dollars for training means great gains for you!

When Forbes reports Spending on Corporate Training Soars: Employee Capabilities Now A Priority, leaders everywhere should at the very least start to consider scheduling leadership training dates. Karen O’ Leonard, author of the Factbook series, Bersin by Deloitte’s popular benchmarking studies in human resources, has just completed The Corporate Learning Factbook 2014: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market. In her report we learn that corporations across the world are making the smart investment decision to put more […]
February 3, 2014

Four Critical Behaviors of Balanced Accountability

You’ve heard the adage, If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Something very similar applies with regard to Accountability. Namely, you are either driving too little, too much, or just the right balance of Accountability. There is only a very small sweet spot that can be called driving the right level of Accountability. Balanced Accountability addresses the performance side of leadership and the ultimate goal of Leadership Intimacy and achieving High Commitment and High Performance. […]
June 30, 2014

How to Profit from the Purpose Motive

People want to do things that fulfill their need to make a difference in their lives, in their organization, and in the world. This Purpose Motive drives your employees toward what they believe will give their lives meaning. The following 11-minute video literally illustrates research cited by author Daniel H. Pink about three principal human drivers. But be prepared for several significant, counterintuitive conclusions.
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, […]