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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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 […]
October 22, 2012

Feedback—the Breakfast of Champions

There may be no better model for excellence in leadership than the coach model, because no group of people works more effectively than a well coached sports team. Watching a great coach working from the sidelines of a basketball court or football field, it’s difficult to miss one of the most important elements of coaching—feedback. Great coaches understand that to improve an athlete, they have to give each player honest, direct, and timely feedback on their performance. But coaching feedback […]
October 8, 2012

Feel. Think. Act. Talk. like a Coach

You’ve noticed, I’m sure, that in many ways, people act out the roles they play as professionals. At the risk of encouraging stereotypes, I think it’s safe to say that ballet dancers act like ballet dancers. Plumbers have a way about them. So do doctors and brand managers. Firefighters, too, have jargon all their own, a firefighter walk, a firefighter attitude. To do anything well, you have to do it the way other effective people do it. So it goes […]
August 20, 2012

You Can’t Be Blindsided If You Don’t Have a Blind Side

The four-eyed fish can see above and below water at the same time. Mother nature gave this perceptive creature bifocal lenses. The bottom half of each eye sees clearly underwater, the top sees clearly above. Not a bad adaptation. And then there’s the dragonfly. Its eyes wrap around most of its head, so that it can see virtually everywhere. And we think we’re so clever! Our eyes have relatively limited peripheral vision compared to many of our mammal cousins. Our […]
July 23, 2012

Sustainable Change. Isn’t that a Contradiction?

Sustain means to maintain a steady course, while change means just about the opposite. Yet sustainable change is not a contradiction. It’s part of what you need to keep your organization ready to deal with the unexpected. It would be nice to get your organization right where you want it, to have it running just the way you like, and keep it that way. Unfortunately nothing is more constant than change. Just ask any political candidate currently running for office […]
July 22, 2013

4 Steps Toward Executive Maturity

Today’s best companies are searching for leadership talent that can act with executive maturity. What does that mean? For one thing, executive maturity is the opposite of reacting emotionally, that is, without thinking. Intimate leadership enables today’s management teams to empower and enrich relationships between co-workers, colleagues, and even customers. Being an intimate leader means that you maintain excellent control of emotional responses in a variety of scenarios. All of us stock an inventory of automatic responses in our response […]
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: