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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September 27, 2011

Leadership is Un-REAL

Does Leadership provide safe passage? Do you use your voice and inspire others to find theirs? 90% of employees… agree that they do not receive honest performance reviews with meaningful and grounded feedback. 85% of employees… told by their bosses to improve had no idea what to do in order to improve. 2 out of 5 managers… reported that even when they did provide clear feedback and coaching, employees didn’t change. Source: Vital Smarts Why these poor statistics? Because Leaders… […]
September 19, 2011

Critical Coaching Leadership Competencies

Courage and Humility Courage is the ability to act right and face opposition, uncertainty, tradition and intimidation. The courage to think, act and communicate differently and challenge our outdated perceptions, fears and the status quo. The courage calculator carefully evaluates the risks and rewards, considers the culture and facilitates action upon our convictions while maintaining mutual trust, respect, and humility. CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop teaches you how to balance courage and humility. Courage to challenge and be challenged 84% of CEOs […]
September 5, 2011

Why Enhance your Leadership Coaching Style?

Coaching has become a significant trend in leadership development over the past 20 years, and organizations are not only relying on external coaches, but realizing that enhanced talent management, improving overall performance, raising active engagement from employees, as well as retaining and growing the best talent can be achieved when managers can coach well. Leadership coaching is a vital role any manager have to play to impact both Culture and Results. It is often a coaching leadership style that elevates […]
August 22, 2011

I Want It Yesterday!

I asked more than 6,000 professionals in the Leadership, IT, Publishing, Recruiting, Entrepreneurial and other related LinkedIn interest groups, “What’s Your Biggest Leadership Pain?” I even gave them a few prompts: Managing performance? Dealing with conflict? Giving feedback? Receiving feedback? Confronting issues? Other? Their responses were all across the board with an emphasis on poor communication, lack of listening, lack of imagination and futuristic thinking, and negativity. So much for my suggestions. The most common pain, but not by a […]
May 6, 2013

How to Create an Effective Leadership Learning Plan

We hear from the legendary Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, outfielder, and manager Yogi Berra in witty phrases people use every day. Like, “It ain’t over till it’s over” and “It’s deja vu all over again.” But these quirky aphorisms, called Yogi-isms, will entertain forever, because even though they sound at first like nonsense, many contain a tasty bit of wisdom. This one, “Life is a learning experience, only if you learn,” brings home the essence of Leadership Learning—that you […]
April 29, 2013

Are You Just the Boss Or an Empowering Leader?

Who do you follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter? It’s easy. People who have something you want. People you think have something to say that you can use. Someone going where you want to go. In short, someone you respect. People will enthusiastically follow and work more energetically with (not under) leaders they respect. Leaders earn respect by demonstrating a clear sense of direction based on a strong, ethical, and inspiring vision for the future. A leader rather than a boss. […]
April 22, 2013

4-Way Leadership Coaching: Inside, Down, Sideways, Up

When most people think about coaching, it’s no surprise that they immediately go to the great sports coaches. As someone interested in Leadership Coaching, you know that coaching also applies to business teams and the leaders who lead them. And if you’re familiar with CoachQuest Leadership Coaching, you look beyond coaching down—to the team that reports to you. You are familiar with all 4 dimensions of Leadership Coaching—inside, up, sideways, and down. You can go deeper and in greater detail […]
April 15, 2013

Ten Questions that Motivate Engagement and Drive Greater Accountability

Do you want to move an important project ahead faster? Would you rather motivate and engage than give orders and ride herd? How about inspiring greater accountability? Why do I ask so many questions? Because questions deliver better results. As you read the questions above, I have no doubt that you at least began to consider answers. When someone asks questions—especially when you as a manager ask questions of a direct report—the listener can’t help but begin to formulate a […]