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 12, 2016

How to Join the Ranks of Best Places to Work

A positive corporate culture can improve the performance of an organization by as much as 30 percent, according to James L. Heskett of Harvard University. And one of the best ways to determine whether or not you have a positive corporate culture is what your employees say about what it’s like to work there. Google, for example, has been in the top slot of the Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For for seven years in a row. This year […]
May 30, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: 4 Ways to Foster Innovation

Innovation is so essential to organizational success, it goes without saying. But I said it, because although we hear so much about innovation and how important it is, we often fall into the trap of giving it little more than lip service. In this series of blog posts about employee motivation, I conclude with innovation, saving the most important for last. That’s because innovation may be the greatest motivator for employees. It is also critical for your organization to create […]
May 16, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: Develop Employees 4 Ways

The people you want to hire, the kind of employees I hope you have hired, are people who want to grow. They are employees who want to become great at what they do. Better yet, they want to drive your organization to higher and higher levels of success. If your employees are not of a continuous-learning mindset, then you may be lacking in your approach to motivation. We know from experience and from the research we continuously follow that employees […]
May 16, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Focus on your strengths

We ended our trip at the north perimeter of the Grand Canyon where fewer than a thousand visitors come a year. Then we said our farewells, having built strong bonds and experiencing many exhilarating moments together. I’m going to miss my trail companions, but I won’t forget the insights they gave me.
May 16, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: The Value of Effective Communication

You can imagine the interesting dynamics that take place when you gather a group of people and spend day and night together for several days. There are bound to be conflicts and differences of opinion. Leaders who master the art of understanding individual needs and wants and try to find common ground are the ones who build great teams.
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 use this simple observation two ways. 1. Ask questions. 2. Improve your observations. Ask Questions Leaders’ attempts to lead productive conversations often get sidetracked. Their observations and directions fall on deaf ears. Both of these problems can be solved with questions. Rather than direct and talk throughout an entire Talk […]
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 issues and helping employees meet your expectations more than make up for the difficulty. And as you get the hang of it, you’ll find it just gets easier and easier find the courage to Bring it Up! Some leaders are very good at introducing topics in conversation and coaching. Even […]
March 24, 2014

Help us with the 4 Ups! Survey

It’s a fact: frequent, open, honest, and candid communication is essential to organizational health. Yet in my practice, far to many clients complain that it just doesn’t happen. I’d like to understand better why some leaders have problems communicating. So I am surveying leaders all around the world to find out. Help me solve this problem You can help me by taking a simple, two-question survey. I will use the results to attempt to answer the following questions:
December 2, 2013

Combat Killer Silence with the 4 Ups

Some stock phrases meant to promise open communication are spoken so frequently, I think it’s time to officially designate them as communication clichés. Some examples: My door is always open Don’t be afraid to ask. I promise to be open and direct with you. We all have to open up and share. Everyone understands that candid communication is essential to organizational health. No one argues that you can build High Commitment and High Performance without honesty. Yet in practice, full […]