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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March 25, 2013

Should You Coach Your High Performers Too?

The short answer, Yes! They not only must be coached, your top performers will welcome coaching, but not just any kind of coaching. Sports offers plenty of examples of high performers and athletes at the top of their profession who continue to learn and grow with the help of their coaches. And not just sports. Best Actress Natalie Portman embraces acting coaching. In the video below she talks about her total immersion into the coaching she underwent to convincingly play […]
March 18, 2013

6 Coaching Styles to Avoid, 1 to Adopt

As anyone who has attended one of my CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop can tell you, 93 percent of what you communicate comes across non-verbally. That is, with your tone of voice, physical posture, voice volume, word inflections, and body language. Let’s look at these non-verbal attitudes in terms of Coaching Style. I’ve identified at least six you should want to avoid, along with the Emotional Triggers that might kick-in with each style.
March 11, 2013

Coaching Leadership Checklist

Almost half the working population, according to one source I found, moves on to another job because of the poor training they feel they’ve received from their employers. So if you’re going to train your team, make sure you give them training they will find worthwhile and, more importantly, training that sticks. Most trainees find training helpful. They come back with practical tools and techniques. But that’s where the problem begins, back on the job. If the training doesn’t include […]
March 4, 2013

Commanding Fear

Scientists define fear and anxiety very specifically. Fear happens when you encounter a real threat. Anxiety occurs when you worry about a threat you may confront. As a Leader, you already know better than to intentionally create an atmosphere of fear. Now I’m recommending further that you become acutely aware of how your more subtle actions may cause anxiety, because when the slightest hint of either fear or anxiety presents itself, the amygdala—the little almond-shaped gland deep in the brain […]
February 25, 2013

Mandela and Smith on Leadership Greatness

In a recent Leadership Attraction News, I challenged readers to consider a series of thoughts from two men who achieved greatness in two very different fields—Nelson Mandela, the father of democratic South Africa, and Will Smith, one of America’s greatest entertainers. The point was to demonstrate that if these two very different leaders agree on what it takes to achieve greatness, there must be something to it.
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 […]