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!

September 16, 2013

The Six Attraction Powers of all Great Leaders

All great leaders possess the following six competencies. We list and describe them here so you can consider to what degree you and your leaders express or lack each of them as they pursue their self-development as leaders. Accountability Delivering according to specific expectations lies at the heart of driving performance. Accountable leaders do so across an organization and within each team member. They align and move themselves, other individuals, teams, and the organization toward sustainable growth and profit. Empathy […]
September 10, 2013

How to Align a Slacker

It only takes one lazy, worthless procrastinator; one slow, lethargic, sloth of a freeloading loafer; one idle, deadbeat, goof-off, skater to bring down the effectiveness of your entire team. So why put up with a Slacker? After all, it’s tough enough getting all your employees pulling in the same direction, fully aligned, and humming with confidence, accountability, determination and passion, without worrying about a Slacker dragging them down. And it’s not easy finding a dynamic way to align and engage […]
September 9, 2013

Executive Maturity: Siri vs. Speaktoit

The great majority of CEOs (88% by one count) agree that Executive Maturity is a critical leadership skill. By maturity they mean the ability to adjust and manage change in a mature way. Your ability to act with self-regulation, to control or redirect your potentially disruptive impulses and moods depends on your ability to 1) suspend judgment, 2) think before acting, and 3) respond in a way that will achieve the result you want. The best responders, I recently discovered […]
August 26, 2013

Eureka! Stop trying so hard!

The ancient Greek scientist Archimedes, directed by the king to determine if a golden crown was pure gold or an alloy, worked real hard on the solution. But he solved the problem when he took a break and stepped into his bath. Then, the story goes, he ran naked down the streets screaming, “Eureka!” the Greek word for “I found it!” Archimedes Method 1. Understand the problem. 2. Think real hard. 3. Take a bath. 4. Realize the solution. 5. […]
August 19, 2013

Raising the bar on performance sparks motivation and engagement

Leadership is constantly challenged by the problem of how to motivate and engage high performance. It turns out that raising the bar or turning up the heat is the best way increase both motivation and engagement. We know from tons of research that extrinsic rewards like money, recognition, fame, and the like do very little to truly motivate employees to perform at their optimum level. Rather, leaders can encourage intrinsic motivation by creating an environment that fosters challenging experiences. Ideally, […]
April 14, 2014

Leadership Excellence for Align4Profit

It hardly seems like a week ago, but last Wednesday, April 9, Align4Profit was awarded the Top 3 Leadership 500 Excellence award for Midsize Leadership Partner & Providers. Roughly 1400 companies from around the world competed for awards in eleven categories. That puts Align4Profit in the top two percent when it comes to leadership excellence. According Debbie McGrath, CEO of HR.com., in the 2014 Global Leadership Excellence Forum press release, Leadership is an art that requires constant practice and focus […]
April 14, 2014

Wrap it Up! Clearly with 5 Ws and 1 H

It takes bold accountability to wrap up coaching conversations properly. And by “properly” I don’t mean for you to follow some prescribed or artificial way. Even though I prescribe specific goals to reach, the only measure of “properly” you should be concerned with is whether or not your conversation will achieve the results you expect. Even though I give you a question format to follow, the only mark you need to make is that you and your learner understand and […]
April 7, 2014

Talk it Up! Candidly with 3 kinds of questions

Anyone can talk. Very few people will remain quiet when asked for their observations. But we listen and come back only to those whose observations we find worthwhile. You can use this simple observation two ways. 1. Ask questions. 2. Improve your observations. Ask Questions Leaders’ attempts to lead productive conversations often get sidetracked. Their observations and directions fall on deaf ears. Both of these problems can be solved with questions. Rather than direct and talk throughout an entire Talk […]
March 31, 2014

Bring it Up! Courageously to avoid the Ugly Downside

It takes guts to deal with issues that tie a knot in your stomach. It takes courage to confront the people involved in those issues. But the rewards of resolving issues and helping employees meet your expectations more than make up for the difficulty. And as you get the hang of it, you’ll find it just gets easier and easier find the courage to Bring it Up! Some leaders are very good at introducing topics in conversation and coaching. Even […]