Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

Leadership development may be the most important activity in any organization. In my quest to helping men and women become more and more effective leaders, I share weekly articles that are a quick read with a promise to give your leaders actionable tips they can implement immediately.

It’s my goal to share my experience together with candid and pragmatic advice founded on deep research.

Read and enjoy! To make sure you don’t miss any updates, let me send you a weekly article to your email.

February 5, 2018
providing essential performance feedback

How to Share Feedback Effectively

It’s one of the most critical job of any leader. Whether working with a colleague, direct report, or even with your boss, every manager needs to know how to provide […]
February 2, 2018
ubuntu

Develop an Inclusive Organizational Culture

Using Ubuntu as your guide. In 1993 when I left South Africa to move to the U.S., the country was transitioning to a free democracy after years of apartheid. With […]
February 1, 2018
embracing diversity

Are your leaders embracing the diverse work styles on their teams?

Diversity goes beyond race and gender. It also includes thinking, learning, and communication styles. More importantly, your managers are charged to create an organizational culture where differences are embraced, so […]
January 31, 2018
embracing diversity

Create an inclusive corporate culture through Leadership Intimacy

Building a truly inclusive environment does not happen overnight. Much like building relationships take place over a longer period of time. Leadership Intimacy means to be known by and to […]
January 29, 2018
embracing diversity

Let’s deepen and widen the conversation of diversity and inclusion

And bring about real change in your organization. We have all read the research that confirms the organizational benefits of diversity. Your leaders know that diverse teams and organizations are […]
January 26, 2018
compelling conversations

Good Managers Are Diligent About Following Up on Agreements

It’s just one part of being skilled at leading Compelling Conversations And in order to lead Compelling Conversations, your managers must become exceptional at the 4 Ups!. That means they: […]
January 25, 2018
compelling conversations

Taking Action Is a Key Indicator of Compelling Conversations

Are your leaders leading with Compelling Conversatoins? In a series of posts on my 4 Ups! model (Bring it Up! Talk it Up! Wrap it Up! and Follow it Up!) […]
January 24, 2018
compelling conversations

Leading Is Talking

But talking is much more than making conversation. Think of your workplace and count the astounding number of conversations, debates, disagreement, negotiations, and feedback discussions that take place daily, monthly, […]
January 23, 2018
compelling conversatons

Bring it Up!

The skill to successfully Bring Up! any conversations will lead to better performance. One could suggest, among the variety of definitions of leadership, that leadership is made up of a […]
January 22, 2018
effective meeting management

What do good managers do once the meeting is over?

We love to hate meetings. But since they aren’t going away any time soon, we should think of ways to make them more effective. It can be challenging to keep […]
January 21, 2018
effective meeting management

Ugh! Another dreaded meeting to attend!

Too many meetings drag on without participants discussing the real problems. People talk around the important issues, check their mobile devices, introduce unrelated topics, and so on — which all […]
January 18, 2018
leadership attraction powers

Say what? Compelling Conversations Are Key To Great Management

Your managers’ main job is getting work done through others. Excelling at that responsibility relies on the quality of the relationships they build, which is largely driven by the quality […]
January 18, 2018
effective meeting management

Failing to plan effective meetings means you might be planning to fail

If you were to evaluate your managers on running effective meetings, what would success look like? One of my clients is a healthcare organization with 50,000+ employees who never fails […]
January 17, 2018
effective meeting management

Poor meetings cost an average of $37 billion in the U.S.

Every day 83 million people attend 11.5 million meetings. Meetings are an essential part of corporate life. Yet far too often, time is wasted in meetings that are unnecessary, poorly […]
January 16, 2018

Motivate your team by celebrating Progress

How to use the RAMPP model for motivation. In my 5 Drivers to Really Motivate Employees, I started discussing my RAMPP model for motivation. Now it’s time to outline the […]
November 14, 2016

Five Keys to Artful Communication

Five Keys to Artful Communication Some leaders are very good at bringing up topics in conversation and coaching. Even difficult or sensitive topics seem to be easy for them to […]
May 12, 2014

4 Ups! Model of effective communication

Listen Up! As part of our ongoing leadership-development research at Align4Profit, we collect data from the participants in our programs and conduct interviews with leaders at all levels in multiple […]
April 21, 2014

Follow it Up! Conscientiously to Guarantee Progress

To Follow it Up! means more than checking up on the progress of your employees. It means to inspect what you expect, yes, but so much more. While many organizations […]
April 14, 2014

Wrap it Up! Clearly with 5 Ws and 1 H

It takes bold accountability to wrap up coaching conversations properly. And by “properly” I don’t mean for you to follow some prescribed or artificial way. Even though I prescribe specific […]
April 7, 2014

Talk it Up! Candidly with 3 kinds of questions

Anyone can talk. Very few people will remain quiet when asked for their observations. But we listen and come back only to those whose observations we find worthwhile. You can […]
March 31, 2014

Bring it Up! Courageously to avoid the Ugly Downside

It takes guts to deal with issues that tie a knot in your stomach. It takes courage to confront the people involved in those issues. But the rewards of resolving […]