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.

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March 30, 2015

8 Ways Introverts Add Value to Your Organization

Introverts have always been with us, even though the term was not popularized until the 20th century by Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung. His ideas on extroversion and introversion have been incorporated into the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the word introvert has become part of everyday language. According to Susan Cain in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, introverts favor their own mental life. Their energy rises in reflection and […]
March 23, 2015

Future Leaders. What’s in Store. (What’s a store?)

I hesitate to warn leaders about change, because change is, always has been, and always will be the rule. So what’s new? You’re familiar with change. Right? Well, actually, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The change coming will demand that future leaders discard almost everything they know about leadership. Today’s best practices will provide as much utility as yesterday’s carbon paper. In terms of social and technological change, we are poised at the second half of the chessboard, according to […]
March 16, 2015

Dive Deep to Address Resistance to Change

People can and will change their behavior when and only when they convince themselves that the change will benefit them. Change must take place where it counts—deep in the structure of the brain, where biology has made a habit of the current behavior. Brain researchers explain why old habits die hard. Habits, good or bad, create neural pathways in the brain. Like deep ocean currents, these pathways determine where the waters of behavior will flow. Breaking a habit is like […]
March 9, 2015

4 Ways to Help Employees Out of Hell

The word hell comes to us through the Anglo-Saxon roots of English and from the Proto-Indo-European word kel, which means to conceal or cover up. If you’ve ever concealed anything about yourself, you understand the hell of closeting your feelings, inclinations, history, or identity. We all have secrets, of course, but if you haven’t had to hide anything as deep as your identity, ask someone who’s recently come out of the closet. They’ll tell you it can be hell. Obviously […]
March 2, 2015

Mending the Madness of Multitasking

Among the 25 million meetings that take place in the US every day, 92 percent of the participants engage in some form multitasking such as texting, checking emails, or eating. As many as 41 percent multitask all the time. Which would be fine if multitasking made people more productive. In fact, it does the opposite. A very informative infographic, The High Cost Of Multitasking vividly illustrates the madness of multitasking. A study at Stanford University goes so far as to […]
September 27, 2011

Leadership is Un-REAL

Does Leadership provide safe passage? Do you use your voice and inspire others to find theirs? 90% of employees… agree that they do not receive honest performance reviews with meaningful and grounded feedback. 85% of employees… told by their bosses to improve had no idea what to do in order to improve. 2 out of 5 managers… reported that even when they did provide clear feedback and coaching, employees didn’t change. Source: Vital Smarts Why these poor statistics? Because Leaders… […]
September 19, 2011

Critical Coaching Leadership Competencies

Courage and Humility Courage is the ability to act right and face opposition, uncertainty, tradition and intimidation. The courage to think, act and communicate differently and challenge our outdated perceptions, fears and the status quo. The courage calculator carefully evaluates the risks and rewards, considers the culture and facilitates action upon our convictions while maintaining mutual trust, respect, and humility. CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop teaches you how to balance courage and humility. Courage to challenge and be challenged 84% of CEOs […]
August 22, 2011

I Want It Yesterday!

I asked more than 6,000 professionals in the Leadership, IT, Publishing, Recruiting, Entrepreneurial and other related LinkedIn interest groups, “What’s Your Biggest Leadership Pain?” I even gave them a few prompts: Managing performance? Dealing with conflict? Giving feedback? Receiving feedback? Confronting issues? Other? Their responses were all across the board with an emphasis on poor communication, lack of listening, lack of imagination and futuristic thinking, and negativity. So much for my suggestions. The most common pain, but not by a […]