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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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.
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 […]
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, […]
August 12, 2013

Real Feedback Creates Really Great Leaders

Why do leaders accept mediocre performance and allow their team members and peers to continue their normal dysfunctional behavior? It’s not an easy question to answer, because the answer resides in the hearts and deep psychological make up of the people involved. But I know that real feedback can solve the problem. But first, leaders have to stop avoiding real feedback with the kinds of excuses illustrated below. I so often witness, spoken or unspoken, the countless ways managers do […]
August 5, 2013

Mediocrity Kills Great Leadership

“Tyranny of Incrementalism will kill organizations.” —Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas Most organizations and leaders resort to incremental change. Instead of following through with all the deliberate practices required of an intimate leader in order to implement full and sustainable change, too many simply: Make modest adjustments that will maintain the status quo under the same overall patterns Do not question the fundamental assumptions on which management is based Do not change any of the key elements of the company’s […]