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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May 6, 2013

How to Create an Effective Leadership Learning Plan

We hear from the legendary Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, outfielder, and manager Yogi Berra in witty phrases people use every day. Like, “It ain’t over till it’s over” and “It’s deja vu all over again.” But these quirky aphorisms, called Yogi-isms, will entertain forever, because even though they sound at first like nonsense, many contain a tasty bit of wisdom. This one, “Life is a learning experience, only if you learn,” brings home the essence of Leadership Learning—that you […]
April 29, 2013

Are You Just the Boss Or an Empowering Leader?

Who do you follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter? It’s easy. People who have something you want. People you think have something to say that you can use. Someone going where you want to go. In short, someone you respect. People will enthusiastically follow and work more energetically with (not under) leaders they respect. Leaders earn respect by demonstrating a clear sense of direction based on a strong, ethical, and inspiring vision for the future. A leader rather than a boss. […]
April 22, 2013

4-Way Leadership Coaching: Inside, Down, Sideways, Up

When most people think about coaching, it’s no surprise that they immediately go to the great sports coaches. As someone interested in Leadership Coaching, you know that coaching also applies to business teams and the leaders who lead them. And if you’re familiar with CoachQuest Leadership Coaching, you look beyond coaching down—to the team that reports to you. You are familiar with all 4 dimensions of Leadership Coaching—inside, up, sideways, and down. You can go deeper and in greater detail […]
April 15, 2013

Ten Questions that Motivate Engagement and Drive Greater Accountability

Do you want to move an important project ahead faster? Would you rather motivate and engage than give orders and ride herd? How about inspiring greater accountability? Why do I ask so many questions? Because questions deliver better results. As you read the questions above, I have no doubt that you at least began to consider answers. When someone asks questions—especially when you as a manager ask questions of a direct report—the listener can’t help but begin to formulate a […]
April 8, 2013

Get that Monkey Off Your Back!

You’ve heard the expression “monkey on my back.” The idiom refers to an annoying problem that stays with you, continues to nag you, one that you just can’t seem to get rid of. In a word, unlike a barrel of monkeys, it’s not fun. Your job as Leader-as-Coach is to guide your employees through solving their problems, not to solve their problems for them. Don’t let their monkeys to take your eye off the coaching ball, distract you, or get […]
January 13, 2014

3 Lessons in Mode Management

Have you ever referred to someone by the way they behave—shy, aggressive, or studious? Do you think of aggressive, for example, as that person’s personality? That’s a rather limiting way to identify someone, isn’t it? Try thinking of a person’s behavior in terms of modes. Think of your behavior the same way. I know someone who is assertive in a masterful way at work but almost the opposite at home and among her friends. Clearly her assertiveness would be described […]
January 6, 2014

Get REAL to Communicate with Millennials

I want to bring in the New Year by focusing your attention on the newest people in your organization. Specifically the challenge of how to communicate with millennials. Your leaders are older than your youngest hires. Sometimes a generation older. Your younger professionals, whether they you call them Generation Y or Millennials, tend to be less effective communicators, some would say. That’s fine, they are not your leaders yet. You have time to help them communicate more effectively. But that’s […]
December 16, 2013

The How and Why of High Engagement

How many people work in your organization? If you answered with a percentage, such as, “About half,” then you understand the question. Let me put it this way, What percentage of your workforce is fully engaged? I’ve seen all kinds of numbers over the years bemoaning engagement percentages that hover around 30 percent. The “about half” quip, above, actually represents what I generally see as the percentage of those workers who have effectively checked out, who come to work to […]
December 2, 2013

Combat Killer Silence with the 4 Ups

Some stock phrases meant to promise open communication are spoken so frequently, I think it’s time to officially designate them as communication clichés. Some examples: My door is always open Don’t be afraid to ask. I promise to be open and direct with you. We all have to open up and share. Everyone understands that candid communication is essential to organizational health. No one argues that you can build High Commitment and High Performance without honesty. Yet in practice, full […]