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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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July 12, 2016

How to Join the Ranks of Best Places to Work

A positive corporate culture can improve the performance of an organization by as much as 30 percent, according to James L. Heskett of Harvard University. And one of the best ways to determine whether or not you have a positive corporate culture is what your employees say about what it’s like to work there. Google, for example, has been in the top slot of the Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For for seven years in a row. This year […]
May 30, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: 4 Ways to Foster Innovation

Innovation is so essential to organizational success, it goes without saying. But I said it, because although we hear so much about innovation and how important it is, we often fall into the trap of giving it little more than lip service. In this series of blog posts about employee motivation, I conclude with innovation, saving the most important for last. That’s because innovation may be the greatest motivator for employees. It is also critical for your organization to create […]
May 16, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: Develop Employees 4 Ways

The people you want to hire, the kind of employees I hope you have hired, are people who want to grow. They are employees who want to become great at what they do. Better yet, they want to drive your organization to higher and higher levels of success. If your employees are not of a continuous-learning mindset, then you may be lacking in your approach to motivation. We know from experience and from the research we continuously follow that employees […]
May 16, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Focus on your strengths

We ended our trip at the north perimeter of the Grand Canyon where fewer than a thousand visitors come a year. Then we said our farewells, having built strong bonds and experiencing many exhilarating moments together. I’m going to miss my trail companions, but I won’t forget the insights they gave me.
May 16, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: The Value of Effective Communication

You can imagine the interesting dynamics that take place when you gather a group of people and spend day and night together for several days. There are bound to be conflicts and differences of opinion. Leaders who master the art of understanding individual needs and wants and try to find common ground are the ones who build great teams.
July 13, 2015

Why Women Leaders Still Fall Behind

Women are making huge strides around the world. As I write, the victorious women of the United States national soccer team are enjoying their ticker-tape parade in New York City—the first such honor for a women’s sports team. Have you noticed women’s success in sports? Female athletes took 55.8 percent of all Olympic medals for the US in 2012 and 60 percent of their total medals. And it’s not just sports where you find women in the vanguard. Corporations with […]
June 8, 2015

How to Lead Like an Octopus

The octopus could teach some leaders a thing or two about leadership. Specifically it can help leaders who micromanage, those who worry over the smallest details of the direction they give their employees. Living for eons in an environment of ever-present danger, the octopus has learned to decentralize leadership and not try to manage the small stuff. Think of an octopus as the leader of an eight-person team. The head provides vision and relies on what it has learned in […]
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 […]