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!

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving for Leaders

It’s no secret that many leaders, especially women, push themselves too hard these days. We drive ourselves to the brink before we step back to breathe. Many of us fail to see the danger such drive might be doing to ourselves. We get so involved with succeeding at everything we do that the danger signals fail to get our attention. In response, I present you with the following video, put together by WSFM radio in Sydney, Australia. It gives you […]
November 16, 2015

How Tomatoes Can Save You Time and Money

In the late 1980s, Francesco Cirillio developed and introduced a technique named after the tomato. Despite the playful name, his time-management discipline can help leaders like you be more productive and gain the time you need to focus on your principal job—leading. In his LinkedIn profile, Cirillo claims many accomplishments having to do with time management. Among them is a time-saving, productivity discipline named after the Italian word for tomato—the Pomodoro Technique. It employs a time-management process called timeboxing, which […]
November 2, 2015

Emotional Intelligence: Why Relationships Always Trump Skills.

Here’s a fact that should be obvious, but some leaders tend to overlook it and fail to address it. Humans are emotionally driven. There’s no getting around it. When deciding what to do, your brain gives more weight to how you feel about what to do rather than what you think you should do. Emotion influences and drives our moods, our decisions, and our behavior. That goes for all of us. Which is why healthy emotional relationships make for successful […]
October 19, 2015

WARNING: Don’t Try to Lead Without Ikigai

According to the Japanese concept of ikigai, everyone needs a reason for living. The French call it “raison d’être.” Literally “reason to be.” But no matter how you say it, you cannot lead without it. Every leader needs a reason for living and leading. At Align4Profit we have always insisted that every leader we train come to our program with a Leadership Credo. That’s because, before you can lead anyone, you have to know yourself, believe in yourself, and lead […]
October 5, 2015

Six Questions that Engage Employees

One of the most disheartening statistics for leaders concerns employee engagement. Only 13 percent of people employed around the world are fully engaged. As many as 24 percent, actively disengaged Marshall Goldsmith, a best-selling author and executive coach, offers a simple shift in focus, backed by disciplined research, to help leaders engage employees more effectively. Of all the approaches to increasing employee engagement I’ve come across, Goldsmith’s simple shift in focus from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation makes the most […]
March 25, 2013

Should You Coach Your High Performers Too?

The short answer, Yes! They not only must be coached, your top performers will welcome coaching, but not just any kind of coaching. Sports offers plenty of examples of high performers and athletes at the top of their profession who continue to learn and grow with the help of their coaches. And not just sports. Best Actress Natalie Portman embraces acting coaching. In the video below she talks about her total immersion into the coaching she underwent to convincingly play […]
March 18, 2013

6 Coaching Styles to Avoid, 1 to Adopt

As anyone who has attended one of my CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop can tell you, 93 percent of what you communicate comes across non-verbally. That is, with your tone of voice, physical posture, voice volume, word inflections, and body language. Let’s look at these non-verbal attitudes in terms of Coaching Style. I’ve identified at least six you should want to avoid, along with the Emotional Triggers that might kick-in with each style.
March 11, 2013

Coaching Leadership Checklist

Almost half the working population, according to one source I found, moves on to another job because of the poor training they feel they’ve received from their employers. So if you’re going to train your team, make sure you give them training they will find worthwhile and, more importantly, training that sticks. Most trainees find training helpful. They come back with practical tools and techniques. But that’s where the problem begins, back on the job. If the training doesn’t include […]
March 4, 2013

Commanding Fear

Scientists define fear and anxiety very specifically. Fear happens when you encounter a real threat. Anxiety occurs when you worry about a threat you may confront. As a Leader, you already know better than to intentionally create an atmosphere of fear. Now I’m recommending further that you become acutely aware of how your more subtle actions may cause anxiety, because when the slightest hint of either fear or anxiety presents itself, the amygdala—the little almond-shaped gland deep in the brain […]