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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September 21, 2015

Imagine: A World Without Labels

It would be impossible to live without labels. From food labels to record labels, birth names to regal titles, labels help us navigate life. They enable us to communicate. Words, specifically nouns, serve as labels. We all have labels and use them. When we need medical attention, we look for someone labeled doctor. Leaky pipe? Call the plumber! In short, labels make it possible to live in an environment as complex as human society. But it’s not only possible to […]
September 7, 2015

Passion or Service. How do you labor?

Young people have asked me, “What should I do with my talents? Should I go into management, sales, science, academia…?” Recently a very gifted leader confessed that she was seriously considering accepting an invitation to sing in a heavy metal band. I advised her to continue seriously considering. As always, I stopped at “seriously considering” and did not tell her to “go for it.” That’s up to her. However, I did tell her to consider whether her management talents or […]
August 31, 2015

Zen Attention: Understanding vs. Responding

If you are not familiar with Zen, a school of Buddhism, you may have at least encountered one or two paradoxical Zen koans like, What is the sound of one hand clapping? Such quirky questions, called koans, are meant to help one get into the Zen state of mind, a state of enlightenment that promises to provide greater understanding and peace of mind. After understanding yourself, understanding others is essential to Leadership Intimacy. We certainly could use a lot more […]
August 17, 2015

Time to play Intimacy Bingo!

I’m your host, Helanie Scott, and this is the game that measures just how intimate you might be as a leader. I say “might,” because Intimacy Bingo is not a scientific instrument. It’s Bingo. Okay, it’s not really Bingo, but you play it very much like Bingo. Best of all, when you win, you can yell, “Bingo!” Let’s begin! Everything you need to play Intimacy Bingo you’ll find the in Intimacy Bingo Kit. Download it, read the instructions, and print […]
August 3, 2015

Urgent vs. Important Priorities

One of the most important leadership skills any leader can develop is managing priorities. In other words, using priorities to make yourself more productive. When you face many demands on your time, it’s important to understand that not everything can or should get done. It sounds like a simple enough statement, but unless you fully embrace it, you will tend to feel overwhelmed by your workload. And that can make you less productive and a less effective leader. The answer […]
February 25, 2013

Mandela and Smith on Leadership Greatness

In a recent Leadership Attraction News, I challenged readers to consider a series of thoughts from two men who achieved greatness in two very different fields—Nelson Mandela, the father of democratic South Africa, and Will Smith, one of America’s greatest entertainers. The point was to demonstrate that if these two very different leaders agree on what it takes to achieve greatness, there must be something to it.
February 18, 2013

Leadership Styles Worth Avoiding

If you want to dramatically reduce your Leadership effectiveness, here are two styles guaranteed to do just that. Both approaches dramatically decrease the probability of gaining a competitive advantage and increase the probability of mediocrity and decline. And the beautiful thing is that if you avoid doing the things that define these two styles, you will dramatically improve your effectiveness as a Leader. You may recognize the behaviors. You see them in so many planning conversations, team meetings, employee interactions, […]
February 4, 2013

Stop that Runaway Train!

Your busy life can feel like a ride on a runaway train. If you’re lucky, you eventually realize you are in control of this train. You can slow it down and not only focus on those things that are most important in your life, but you can also learn how to enjoy the ride. No matter where you are in your developmental journey, you most likely wish you could do more and be more. You can. But in addition to […]
January 28, 2013

Just How Wonderful Are You?

We learn at an early age to develop an image of ourselves. If you grew up with parents, teachers, friends, and family who were perfectly honest with you all the time, you probably possess a self-image that perfectly mirrors you as you are. Do you know anyone like that? Neither do I? Like you, I grew up around the kind of people who tell you what you want to hear, rather than the unvarnished truth. Those comments often give us […]