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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February 1, 2016

Doing Business Globally with Cultural Intelligence

Shaped by our everyday personal interactions, we humans expect each other to behave in somewhat prescribed ways. Politeness pleases us and bad manners offend us. Trouble is, manners and courtesy are interpreted very differently throughout the world. In this short, amusing video, you will see seven hand gestures that Americans not only use regularly but find completely acceptable. Around the world, however, they all can be interpreted as extremely offensive. One common gesture can even get you arrested. When it […]
January 18, 2016

Six New Training Programs MakeEight Great Ways to Lead Better in 2016

Anyone familiar with Align4Profit must be familiar also with our popular leadership development programs—Leadership Attraction Powers and our consistently award-winning CoachQuest: Leader-as-Coach program. We stage both training programs as open-enrollment events and bring them into organizations. To ring in 2016 and to help you and your organization make it a banner year for great leadership, we are happy to introduce six new training programs.
January 4, 2016

Three Ways to Beat Anxiety with Optimism in 2016

Late last year researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign established a relationship between optimism and anxiety. Common sense would suggest, of course, that optimistic people suffer less anxiety, but the research shows that healthy, optimistic adults not only suffer less from anxiety but have a more optimal size of the brain area associated with anxiety disorders, the orbitofrontal cortex. In The Athlete’s Way, Christopher Bergland, an ultra-endurance athlete, asked the question, “Can being optimistic change the size of […]
December 21, 2015

Girl’s Christmas Question Prompts Lesson for Leaders

The most popular and most often reprinted newspaper editorial of all time, “Is There a Santa Claus?” appeared in The New York Sun in September of 1897. Written by Francis Pharcellus Church, it responded to a letter from an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. I present Church’s inspirational response, below, not to debate if there is a Santa Claus, but rather to remind us, as leaders, to renew our beliefs. Belief in what? In order to overcome what Church calls […]
December 7, 2015

How to Achieve Leadership Balance of Power

We all come to leadership loaded with qualities and shortcomings. We call this unique combination of pluses and minuses personality. On a level we cannot always discern, personality determines whether we attract or repel the people we are charged with leading. It follows that we cannot effectively lead others effectively unless we effectively manage and lead ourselves. For the purpose of better understanding how personality or personal qualities and shortcomings affect the effectiveness of leaders, I’ve examined and identified six […]
May 2, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: 5 Ways to Communicate Powerfully

The ability to communicate powerfully is one of the most important skills a leader can develop and practice in order to motivate employees. To understand how to communicate powerfully, we first have to understand something about communication. Communication has been defined all sorts of ways. That’s because we can identify all manner of communication between people. Let’s define communication as it pertains to motivating employees. Communication is the process of exchanging information that affects relationships between people.
April 18, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: Set Stretch Goals

How do you motivate your employees? Do you demand, cajole, threaten, plead? Or do you use the carrot-and-stick approach—reward success and punish failure? None of these approaches works. That is, none of them will work for every employee or for any employee for very long. More importantly, none creates the kind of workplace experience today’s employees seek. nsic motivation. Research from the past decade has uncovered what great leaders do to create a workplace environment that motivates. Among the discoveries […]
March 28, 2016

Ignore the Experts

Expert opinion has built up a long rap sheet of error, ranging from amusing misdemeanors to flagrant acts of ignorance. I’ve collected a long list of expert error, which is fun but also sad to review. Here are just of few of the most glaring errors from people who have risen to the level of expert. As you read them, consider how expert biases may affect you at work. The talking motion picture will not supplant the regular silent motion […]
March 17, 2016

Are the most popular leadership traits masculine or feminine?

When we talk about the most effective leadership traits, our clients often ask us if these traits apply to both male and female leaders. Our frequent answer is, “Of course they do. Does it really matter?” The real question to ask and answer is, “What are the critical leadership traits necessary to create an awesome employee experience?” Organizations and individual leaders ask masculine-feminine questions because, as more and more women enter the ranks of leadership with a variety of different […]