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.

Read and enjoy. We welcome your comments!

November 11, 2013

Six Steps to Changing Brains

Leaders who want to achieve high performance in their organizations recognize how difficult it can be to get people to change. It starts with changing brains. Even those who have achieved greater performance levels and are tempted to feel satisfied with the status quo understand that no matter how well their teams may be performing, they can do better. Furthermore, the way people behave today will have to change tomorrow, because if anything is certain, it’s that the things will […]
October 14, 2013

15 Questions Every CEO Needs to Answer

Great leadership consistently and effectively sets direction, creates alignment, gains commitment, and drives accountability. With this kind of leadership, your organization is either on top of your competition or will soon be there. If you think your leadership might have room for improvement, I offer a number of questions to help gauge just how much room there is. If you like, you can score your organization’s leadership. I’ll have some recommendations based on your scores following the questions. Scoring your […]
October 7, 2013

How you can be seen as a confident, intelligent, dependable leader

In studies by Cameron Anderson of UC Berkeley published in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, researchers have come up with some interesting insights into how and why some people take the lead in newly formed groups. In short, the people who lead are those who take the lead. But we can also find some deeper lessons in leadership in the details of the experiments. How leaders emerge in groups When researchers assigned subjects to group exercises, the men […]
September 30, 2013

Coach team alignment to get the “dead” out of deadlines!

Nothing gets things going like a solid, no-exceptions deadline. In addition to making sure things get done, deadlines also teach teams how to delegate and force members to set priorities. Meeting deadlines teaches teams to work on a schedule. For that reason extended deadlines are dangerous, because they can become a habit and destroy discipline. Without deadlines, it’s safe to assume not much would get done. And yet, many teams have a hard time meeting deadlines, despite the fact that […]
September 23, 2013

Ten Steps on Your Way to Leader as Coach

I use the term Leader as Coach and train leaders how to lead as coaches. We define effective leadership as a manager’s ability to demonstrate the emotion, cognition, behavior, and communication that create rewarding employee experiences, and in turn, unforgettable customer experiences, which drive superior outcomes. The way you present yourself as leader is determined by how you Feel. Think. Act. and Talk. When delivered well, this behavior creates an environment where everyone profits, as illustrated below.
May 12, 2014

4 Ups! Model of effective communication

Listen Up! As part of our ongoing leadership-development research at Align4Profit, we collect data from the participants in our programs and conduct interviews with leaders at all levels in multiple industries. Recently we launched a survey to delve deeper into what exactly makes frequent, open, honest, and candid communication so difficult for some leaders and organizations. We are excited to share the preliminary results with you here. Align4Profit’s 4 Ups! is a model for REAL communication. The absence of which […]
May 5, 2014

3 Crucial Questions to Ask Your Boomers

Before they take to the beach for the rest of their natural lives, you might want to take aside your soon-to-retire executives from the Baby Boomer generation and learn a few things from their experience. Consider, for example, the following kinds of questions: What have you learned about change? Change is a constant that younger workers have not had the time to experience or fully appreciate. Boomers understand change. They once collected 45-rpm singles, moved up to LP phonograph records, […]
April 28, 2014

4 Uncommon Tips for Stronger Meeting Focus

I’m going to give you credit for being familiar with most of the rules for running effective meetings and recommend four meeting focus ideas I recently found that you may not have come across. 1. Bag Electronics In our CoachQuest workshops, we ask participants to place their mobile phones in a big bowl. Maybe you do something similar. Here’s a rather clever idea I picked up from one of my LinkedIn groups. Someone wrote how he gave large, personalized envelopes […]
April 21, 2014

Follow it Up! Conscientiously to Guarantee Progress

To Follow it Up! means more than checking up on the progress of your employees. It means to inspect what you expect, yes, but so much more. While many organizations perform poorly because of lack of follow-through, those that do better have leaders who go beyond holding their employees accountable to clearly defined expectations and tracking progress in regular reviews. Of course, those steps cannot be forgotten. They get things done. But that’s just the beginning. Follow it Up! to […]