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 27, 2015

12 Ways to Give Great Feedback

Too often feedback afflicts both managers and employees with fear and loathing—the fear of an upcoming feedback session and the loathing that follows. All of it unnecessary. Keeping ten positive principles in mind can help you to start giving great feedback immediately. Before we visit what to do, take a look this three-minute video from the Center for Creative Leadership. It identifies ten common mistakes many leaders make trying to avoid tough feedback challenges. Now that you know what not […]
July 13, 2015

Why Women Leaders Still Fall Behind

Women are making huge strides around the world. As I write, the victorious women of the United States national soccer team are enjoying their ticker-tape parade in New York City—the first such honor for a women’s sports team. Have you noticed women’s success in sports? Female athletes took 55.8 percent of all Olympic medals for the US in 2012 and 60 percent of their total medals. And it’s not just sports where you find women in the vanguard. Corporations with […]
July 6, 2015

Five Ways Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

Some leaders motivate much more effectively than others. The greatest examples come to mind immediately. Born in South Africa, I think first of Nelson Mandela. But we have many examples to emulate. As a leader within an organization, you probably won’t be asked to transform a nation by motivating its population, but you can transform yourself into an extraordinary leader. You can begin by studying how great leaders motivate and incorporate their methods into your current set of leadership skills. […]
June 29, 2015

How Rudeness Ruins Work

Christine Porath, an associate professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, has been studying the rise of rudeness in the workplace for nearly 20 years. Her disturbing findings warrant the attention and response of leaders around the world. She summarizes the gist of her research in her New York Times article, No Time to Be Nice at Work. Even though a growing number of people are disturbed by incivility, I’ve found that it has continued to climb over […]
June 15, 2015

When to Coach. When to Mentor.

Coaches and mentors perform very different functions in the development of the people they help. Their responsibilities overlap, because both are concerned with another’s development. But leaders must recognize the significant differences between coaching and mentoring in order to get the most out of each. Since both, when executed well, profoundly benefit your employees and your organization’s bottom line, it’s important to understand each and provide both. In the graphseen here, I’ve illustrated how coaching and mentoring each contribute to […]
October 19, 2015

WARNING: Don’t Try to Lead Without Ikigai

According to the Japanese concept of ikigai, everyone needs a reason for living. The French call it “raison d’être.” Literally “reason to be.” But no matter how you say it, you cannot lead without it. Every leader needs a reason for living and leading. At Align4Profit we have always insisted that every leader we train come to our program with a Leadership Credo. That’s because, before you can lead anyone, you have to know yourself, believe in yourself, and lead […]
October 5, 2015

Six Questions that Engage Employees

One of the most disheartening statistics for leaders concerns employee engagement. Only 13 percent of people employed around the world are fully engaged. As many as 24 percent, actively disengaged Marshall Goldsmith, a best-selling author and executive coach, offers a simple shift in focus, backed by disciplined research, to help leaders engage employees more effectively. Of all the approaches to increasing employee engagement I’ve come across, Goldsmith’s simple shift in focus from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation makes the most […]
September 21, 2015

Imagine: A World Without Labels

It would be impossible to live without labels. From food labels to record labels, birth names to regal titles, labels help us navigate life. They enable us to communicate. Words, specifically nouns, serve as labels. We all have labels and use them. When we need medical attention, we look for someone labeled doctor. Leaky pipe? Call the plumber! In short, labels make it possible to live in an environment as complex as human society. But it’s not only possible to […]
September 7, 2015

Passion or Service. How do you labor?

Young people have asked me, “What should I do with my talents? Should I go into management, sales, science, academia…?” Recently a very gifted leader confessed that she was seriously considering accepting an invitation to sing in a heavy metal band. I advised her to continue seriously considering. As always, I stopped at “seriously considering” and did not tell her to “go for it.” That’s up to her. However, I did tell her to consider whether her management talents or […]