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!

July 15, 2013

Intimate Leadership Begins with an Accurate Self-Image

In my blog post Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword, I write about how your leadership assets can also work as liabilities. I advised you to balance the emphasis you put on driving accountability versus motivating engagement based on how you are perceived by your employees. But before you decide what behavior you need to dial up or down, you need to become keenly, intimately and accurately aware of how you behave.
July 8, 2013

Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword

Your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. This should not strike you as earth-shaking news. It’s the stuff of great stories and legends as well as real history. Many of our greatest leaders in literature and real life rise by merit of an outstanding quality only to fall because of the same trait. That’s why, as you grow into great leadership, I would like you to consider the flip side of your personal qualities and behavior. Your assets, […]
July 1, 2013

Selecting Your Accountability Partner

An accountability partner is someone who coaches you an helps keep you focused on and headed toward your goals as an intimate leader. The relationship uses the power of positive peer pressure to motivate and guide you. Peer pressure is a wonderful motivator and a great tool to help anyone along their transformation journey. Social physiologists learned a long time ago that your success is multiplied when you:
June 24, 2013

Use Environmental Reminders to Lead More Effectively

I’m not going to tell you my password, but I’ll give you a clue. It’s a reminder to me, from me, to work on one of my leadership development challenges—a skill, attitude, or behavior I want to improve. In this way, every time I open my laptop computer, I not only have to think about what I want to change, I have to write it. No way I’m going to forget my good intentions when I use this very effective […]
June 17, 2013

Your Big Five Leadership Priorities

So much to do and so little time to do it! That’s one of the most familiar complaints I hear from the leaders I coach. Too many get lured into taking on work they should delegate to their reports. I’ll bet you’re in the same boat. When you busy yourself with work you should delegate, you can’t lead. Worse, you forfeit power when you waste your time attending to business you have no business dealing with as a leader. Your […]
December 17, 2012

Running in the Red is poor Leadership Coaching

As exceptional as we humans are, compared to our cousin mammals, we are still heavily influenced by our animal nature. And while human culture has changed dramatically over the past few thousand years, our bodies work pretty much the same they did when we lived in caves. When your body senses anything it interprets as dangerous or anything that demands increased physical action, it jumps into stress mode. That’s great if you’re a quarterback fleeing a linebacker about to sack […]
December 12, 2012

What leadership must KNOW, and must AVOID

Experience the Power of Coaching Could poor coaching be restricting the potential of your people and compromising performance? When handled effectively, coaching will drive High Commitment and High Performance. Join the team-based program and develop leaders into great coaches! What does talent look for in Exceptional Leadership? Give me an inspirational dream Demonstrate character—I want to follow those that I trust and respect Treat me like a human, not a number in the talent pool Give me challenging work to […]
December 3, 2012

4 Dimensions of Leadership Coaching Excellence

We live in 4 dimensions—three dimensions of space and one of time. It should be no surprise then that coaching has as many dimensions. Whatever goals you pursue, if you want to achieve the kind of Leadership Intimacy that fosters high commitment and high performance, I suggest that you take each dimension of coaching as far as you can, to its limit.
November 19, 2012

Quick! Check your blind spot.

Certainly you’re familiar with the blind spot on either side of your car when you’re driving. As illustrated below, if you were driving the blue car you could not see the red car to your right using your rearview mirrors. Danger! Your parents or driving instructor warned you about driving blind spots. And you’ve probably warned your kids or friends. Yet I’ll bet you’ve either collided with another vehicle due to a driving blind spot or got out of the […]
November 14, 2012

Coaching can Springboard Your Leadership to the Next Level

Could poor coaching be restricting the potential of your people and compromising performance? When handled effectively, coaching will drive High Commitment and High Performance. Join the team-based program and develop leaders into great coaches! Experience the Power of Coaching Profitable team performance is dependent on how well you coach for motivated engagement and a drive for high performance. Register for the CoachQuest Workshop hosted in Dallas with a choice of dates, December 2011 and February 2012.
November 5, 2012

A Seven-Point Definition of Coaching

Think back to any college 101 course you’ve ever taken. I’ll bet it began with definitions. The reason: many words have more than one meaning. Often a word means something entirely different in everyday conversation than it does in a professional discipline. Hang around professional dog breeders and you’ll hear them casually refer to their females animals with a word none of us would use in polite conversation. Scientist use the word theory when they talk about the most well […]