Leader as Coach Tips & Tools

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!

May 1, 2015

Align4Profit Wins for Leadership Excellence Again

Once again this year Align4Profit was awarded the Top 3 Leadership 500 Excellence award for Midsize Leadership Partner & Providers. For over 30 years, Leadership Excellence, now in association with HR.com, have identified and recognized the top 500 leadership organizations and their development programs in their yearly ranking issues. The 2015 awards were presented in my home town of Dallas this April in an event titled LEAD2015. Companies from around the world competed for awards in a host of categories. […]
April 27, 2015

Why Leading Is Not About Winning

Yes, the university catalog cover you see below was a huge, insensitive, socially out-of-touch blunder. We don’t even have to go into the gender and racial insensitivity it conveys. But if you missed the flap and want background on the original controversy, read Jessica Roy’s article “University Catalogue Cover Accidentally Becomes Perfect Metaphor for America” in New York magazine. As leaders, and especially readers of this blog, you certainly see just how widely the catalog editors missed the mark in […]
April 20, 2015

13 Traits of Courageous Leaders

Courage can be obvious, as demonstrated by the firefighter who rushes into a burning building to save a life. But you don’t have to throw yourself on a grenade to demonstrate courage. Everyday acts of leadership courage make themselves much less obvious. They may not threaten life and limb, but the results can bring pain and embarrassment rather than glory and honor. Every time you make a decision that you fear your employees will resent, it takes courage. Delivering tough, […]
April 13, 2015

Sitting — How to Stop It from Killing You

First the bad news. We—that’s you, I, and most people—sit on average 9.3 hours a day. That’s more than we sleep, about 7.7 hours a day. We have to sleep, but we don’t have to sit all those hours. And why not? Because sitting hurts us. Medical experts go even further. It’s killing us, they warn. Statistics tie breast and colon cancer directly lack of physical activity. They blame sitting for about ten percent of those cancers. Six percent of […]
April 6, 2015

Fit in or stand out? Inclusion means both.

Belonging to a group, a team, or an organization doesn’t have to mean conforming. You can be both unique and be a team player. In fact, that’s what you as a leader want to encourage. To go beyond diversity and champion inclusion. Your reward will be higher employee commitment and engagement. To illustrate the difference between diversity and inclusion, imagine that you’re throwing a party. Diversity occurs when you invite someone different from most of your other guests. Inclusion happens […]
June 10, 2012

Fabulous feedback from recent CoachQuest grads

At CoachQuest we take feedback and metrics seriously. Not only do we love the anecdotal comments we receive, but we pore over the program evaluations very carefully. Last week’s CoachQuest program held in Dallas gave me such a sense of comfort.
February 1, 2012

Don’t Take My Word for It

“No one likes to hear you toot your own horn,” I was told from an early age. “It’s bad form and very unbecoming!” If I had know then what I know now, I would have replied, “Oh, yeah? Tell that to Louis Armstrong!” When I went into business for myself, I learned that you have to advertise, which amounts to blowing your horn rather loudly. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The man who stops advertising to save money is like the […]
October 10, 2011

Find your Voice and Coach your team to use theirs

Extraordinary leadership is about creating a climate where the truth is told, brutal facts are confronted, pink elephants are discussed, solutions are debated, commitments are made and kept, and unified teams stand behind decisions. To be an extraordinary Leader-as-coach is about creating a climate where everyone has a voice. You use your voice deliberately and with great humility and you encourage everyone to use their voice.
September 30, 2011

The Leadership Solution

Bring it Up! Leadership must have courage and humility to address the Real issues and Real facts. Talk it Up! Leadership must use candor and engage in lively debate. Wrap it Up! Leadership must achieve clarity, resolution, ownership and a clear path to action. Follow it Up! Leadership must create a sense of progress, accomplishment and drive accountability to action improved outcomes. CoachQuest will guide you to provide the kind of feedback that makes a difference. [el52b35d3687258]