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!

July 9, 2012

Leadership Intimacy. It’s All About You.

Leadership springs from what you believe, how you act, how you learn, and how you improve. But you and your success are just the beginning. To leverage your ability, your power, and your success, you have to multiply it. And that requires you to lead. To lead others, you have to begin by leading yourself. Only after you know yourself, what you believe, and what you stand for—in the most intimate way—can you expect to lead and coach others. Would […]
June 11, 2012

Good News/Bad News for HR Executives

First the bad news: Research says corporations spend between 2 and 10 percent of employee compensation on leadership development and get mediocre results. Another study says that only 35 percent of HR directors and 21 percent of other executives believe that their current training and development programs meet corporate strategic objectives. Hold on, it gets worse. Between 75 and 80 percent of today’s workforce is not engaged. That means even though they’re in the office moving paper, their hearts just […]
June 10, 2012

Fabulous feedback from recent CoachQuest grads

At CoachQuest we take feedback and metrics seriously. Not only do we love the anecdotal comments we receive, but we pore over the program evaluations very carefully. Last week’s CoachQuest program held in Dallas gave me such a sense of comfort.
May 14, 2012

The Leadership Coaching Framework should be built Brick by Brick

The practice of a leadership coaching framework reminds me of a story I once read that goes a little like this… A man was walking along a city street and came upon a crew of bricklayers at work. He stopped and asked the first one, “What are you doing?” The bricklayer looked up, shrugged and answered, “I’m laying bricks.” The man continued along until he encountered another worker. He asked her, “What are you doing?” And the worker replied, “I’m […]
February 1, 2012

Don’t Take My Word for It

“No one likes to hear you toot your own horn,” I was told from an early age. “It’s bad form and very unbecoming!” If I had know then what I know now, I would have replied, “Oh, yeah? Tell that to Louis Armstrong!” When I went into business for myself, I learned that you have to advertise, which amounts to blowing your horn rather loudly. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The man who stops advertising to save money is like the […]
June 24, 2013

Use Environmental Reminders to Lead More Effectively

I’m not going to tell you my password, but I’ll give you a clue. It’s a reminder to me, from me, to work on one of my leadership development challenges—a skill, attitude, or behavior I want to improve. In this way, every time I open my laptop computer, I not only have to think about what I want to change, I have to write it. No way I’m going to forget my good intentions when I use this very effective […]
June 17, 2013

Your Big Five Leadership Priorities

So much to do and so little time to do it! That’s one of the most familiar complaints I hear from the leaders I coach. Too many get lured into taking on work they should delegate to their reports. I’ll bet you’re in the same boat. When you busy yourself with work you should delegate, you can’t lead. Worse, you forfeit power when you waste your time attending to business you have no business dealing with as a leader. Your […]
June 10, 2013

Leadership Presence: How to perfect your Touch Points

Leadership Presence is important, because how you are perceived affects your ability to lead. But if you Google “Leadership Presence,” I’m certain you will end up confused about what it is. There seems to be no end to how leadership coaches define and teach it. Some approach it as an art. Others relate it to stage presence. I’ve seen it defined as the ability to command as well as the ability to connect. On and on go the many definitions […]
June 3, 2013

Improve Performance with Call and Response Redirection

In my previous blog post, How to add FORCE to your Positive Reinforcement, I pointed out that in every CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop, we practice two kinds of Call and Response Coaching—Reinforcement and Redirection. I gave you an overview of how to Reinforce what your team members are doing well. Now I will introduce the practice of Redirection Coaching. Using the Call and Response technique outlined in Call and Response Coaching, your job is to provide constructive feedback that will help […]