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!

February 4, 2013

Stop that Runaway Train!

Your busy life can feel like a ride on a runaway train. If you’re lucky, you eventually realize you are in control of this train. You can slow it down and not only focus on those things that are most important in your life, but you can also learn how to enjoy the ride. No matter where you are in your developmental journey, you most likely wish you could do more and be more. You can. But in addition to […]
January 28, 2013

Just How Wonderful Are You?

We learn at an early age to develop an image of ourselves. If you grew up with parents, teachers, friends, and family who were perfectly honest with you all the time, you probably possess a self-image that perfectly mirrors you as you are. Do you know anyone like that? Neither do I? Like you, I grew up around the kind of people who tell you what you want to hear, rather than the unvarnished truth. Those comments often give us […]
January 21, 2013

One Goal vs. Many Obstacles Leadership Coaching Style

The last two things you ever want to see are the eyes of a lion focused on you. That’s because, should you ever see such a sight, there’s a good chance those eyes will be the last two things you ever see. The lion is known for its incredibly intense focus. So focused is a hunting lion that once it has chosen its prey from a herd, it will often pass up potential victims that unexpectedly come into range on […]
January 14, 2013

Coaching with Courage

I’m sure you’ve heard your share of quotes advising you how to deal with fear. One of the most famous, of course, comes from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He reminded a Depression-wracked United States, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” So true, especially in the corporate world. But while FDR’s inspirational words can make you feel comfortable, even courageous, in the comfort of you office chair, the challenge is to face fear courageously when it catches you off-guard. As […]
January 7, 2013

Going for the Green is great Leadership Coaching

Leadership Intimacy encourages extraordinary performance. And that encouragement begins at a very basic, even animal level. You learned in the previous post, that the human body interprets unfriendly human interactions such as anger and sarcasm the same way it interprets real, physical threats. Luckily the opposite is true. When you nurture your people with the quality connections that define Leadership Intimacy, their bodies respond with positive physiological effects. They feel better, not just psychologically, but physically.
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. […]