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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June 30, 2014

How to Profit from the Purpose Motive

People want to do things that fulfill their need to make a difference in their lives, in their organization, and in the world. This Purpose Motive drives your employees toward what they believe will give their lives meaning. The following 11-minute video literally illustrates research cited by author Daniel H. Pink about three principal human drivers. But be prepared for several significant, counterintuitive conclusions.
June 23, 2014

Feel. Think. Act. Talk. Trust.

How much do you trust each of your team members? Do you trust each one differently? Probably. Unless you trust all of them unconditionally or none of them at all, each member of your team has earned a different degree of your trust. Naturally you want to get to a point where you can trust all of them with almost anything. Until then you have to evaluate how much you trust each and assign responsibilities to each accordingly. To some […]
June 16, 2014

5 Ways to Use Your Words Wisely

“In the beginning was the Word…” writes John in his gospel, offering perhaps one of the most thought-provoking insights of all time, even outside of its religious context. It reminds us that words have power. That language distinguishes us humans from other animals. And from this fundamental difference, you as a leader can draw power. Words move people. The right words move them more forcefully. Advertisers understand and effectively apply the power of words such as you, free, and now. […]
June 9, 2014

One Feedback Style Does Not Fit All

Only when leaders intimately understand each of the people they lead can they personalize their feedback style according to what works best for each. People don’t like to be generalized. Only personalized feedback gives them what they need in order to take appropriate action. To offer personalized feedback requires Leadership Intimacy—an intimate understanding of what each employee desires as motivation. Here I would like to share research that supports our claim. A study by Joshua Freedman and Carina Fiedeldey-Van Dijk, […]
June 2, 2014

The 6 Ps of Powerfully Productive Meetings

As I consult with companies around the world, I hear over and over complaints about meetings, as if they were the bane of the workplace. They often are, but they certainly don’t have to be. On its website the US State Department offers Seven Norms of Collaborative Work. After combining and rearranging the Norms, I share six here. I am confident that if you take them to heart, you and your team will begin having much more productive meetings. Below […]