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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May 6, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Packing my slacks

I’m about to head west on a week-long trek over rugged terrain on the back of a horse. Along the way I will share my observations on how such a spectacular change of scenery affects my outlook on life and leadership. As I get ready to leave, here’s what I already know. When you unplug and free yourself from life’s everyday stresses, especially doing a little strenuous physical exercise, your come back focused and sharp. It’s always worked this way […]
May 2, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: 5 Ways to Communicate Powerfully

The ability to communicate powerfully is one of the most important skills a leader can develop and practice in order to motivate employees. To understand how to communicate powerfully, we first have to understand something about communication. Communication has been defined all sorts of ways. That’s because we can identify all manner of communication between people. Let’s define communication as it pertains to motivating employees. Communication is the process of exchanging information that affects relationships between people.
April 18, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: Set Stretch Goals

How do you motivate your employees? Do you demand, cajole, threaten, plead? Or do you use the carrot-and-stick approach—reward success and punish failure? None of these approaches works. That is, none of them will work for every employee or for any employee for very long. More importantly, none creates the kind of workplace experience today’s employees seek. nsic motivation. Research from the past decade has uncovered what great leaders do to create a workplace environment that motivates. Among the discoveries […]
March 28, 2016

Ignore the Experts

Expert opinion has built up a long rap sheet of error, ranging from amusing misdemeanors to flagrant acts of ignorance. I’ve collected a long list of expert error, which is fun but also sad to review. Here are just of few of the most glaring errors from people who have risen to the level of expert. As you read them, consider how expert biases may affect you at work. The talking motion picture will not supplant the regular silent motion […]
March 17, 2016

Are the most popular leadership traits masculine or feminine?

When we talk about the most effective leadership traits, our clients often ask us if these traits apply to both male and female leaders. Our frequent answer is, “Of course they do. Does it really matter?” The real question to ask and answer is, “What are the critical leadership traits necessary to create an awesome employee experience?” Organizations and individual leaders ask masculine-feminine questions because, as more and more women enter the ranks of leadership with a variety of different […]
May 27, 2013

How to add FORCE to your Positive Reinforcement

Everybody appreciates a genuine, sincerely delivered pat on the back. But that truism can get a leader into trouble. Sincere as it might be, genuine positive reinforcement can actually work against you. You may have heard me say, “Praise unexamined is futile and meaningless.” That’s because it’s never enough to simply offer your team members a pleasant, “Nice job!” Unless you and your employee examine the praise, you’re wasting your breath. Leadership Intimacy demands that you not only recognize what […]
May 20, 2013

Call and Response Coaching: A better way to lead the way

If I say, “Shave and a haircut…” you say, “Two bits.” When we do that, we engage in a social interaction known as Call and Response. We find this kind of back-and-forth, give-and-take interaction all around the world. In Africa, where I come from, performers actively involve their audiences in their performances, which are not meant to be watched passively. We know that in the workplace, involvement drives ownership. As a leader, you can use Call and Response Coaching to […]
May 13, 2013

You Are Because We Are

In the South African language Nguni, Ubuntu means “humanness.” Similar concepts appear in Botswana, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. In Western culture, a version appears as early as 1770 from the French Enlightenment. The philosopher Baron d’Holbach wrote in his System of Nature that “it is other people who are most necessary to the welfare of man…” More recently US president Theodore Roosevelt addressed the idea of Ubuntu in a 1903 message. The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon […]
May 6, 2013

How to Create an Effective Leadership Learning Plan

We hear from the legendary Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, outfielder, and manager Yogi Berra in witty phrases people use every day. Like, “It ain’t over till it’s over” and “It’s deja vu all over again.” But these quirky aphorisms, called Yogi-isms, will entertain forever, because even though they sound at first like nonsense, many contain a tasty bit of wisdom. This one, “Life is a learning experience, only if you learn,” brings home the essence of Leadership Learning—that you […]