Leadership Credo

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!

September 18, 2017

Six Solid Reasons to Engage Align4Profit

If you’ve ever been tempted to assume that all leadership development approaches are basically the same, you’re right. And wrong. True. Around the middle of the 20th century, organizations began approaching leadership as something people can be trained to do and do well. So since then the practices of leadership development have evolved into a wealth of best practices. Providers of these best practices, therefore, must distinguish themselves in the way they deliver leadership development solutions. And that’s exactly what […]
June 19, 2017

High Commitment and High Performance — Striking the Balance

Navigating between the poles of profit and people or returns and trust is at the center of every leader’s job. However, urged on by the demand for performance and results in tough economic times, leaders have placed more emphasis on High Performance or driving accountability over High Commitment or motivating engagement. In response, some leadership models have attempted to correct this over-emphasis by advocating more vehemently for engagement. Either approach has had limited success. But when balanced and executed properly, […]
November 14, 2016

Five Keys to Artful Communication

Some leaders are very good at bringing up topics in conversation and coaching. Even difficult or sensitive topics seem to be easy for them to openly bring to the table. When a conversation is in full force, they keep the objective in focus. They listen and drive judiciously to mutually agreed-upon resolutions. Then they gain heartfelt commitment by achieving mutual understanding and agreement and by focusing on personal interests. Finally, they follow-through to ensure that commitments become action. With a […]
November 7, 2016

3 x 3 Engagement: The key to your next career move

What happened the last time you ran into one of your higher-ups in the hallway or on an elevator? Chances are they said something along the lines of, “Hello, how are you?” What was your reply? A standard, “Fine. Thanks. Busy. How are you?”? Maybe you commented on your favorite sports team or the weather. “Hot enough for you?” Or did you open the door to a mutually beneficial encounter? It’s not always easy to quickly and effectively engage anyone […]
September 6, 2016

Is Low Trust in the Way of Your Awesome Workplace?

I’m sure you, like most corporate executives, understand the benefits of having happier employees and fostering workplaces where employees enjoy their work: Higher profits, hotter brands, top talent, higher performance, devoted employees, loyal customers… The challenge you may face is making happier happen. Instead of listing the ten or so things you can do and must do to create a culture that engenders awesome workplace experiences, let me help you uncover and eliminate the number-one obstacle that gets in the […]
December 21, 2015

Girl’s Christmas Question Prompts Lesson for Leaders

The most popular and most often reprinted newspaper editorial of all time, “Is There a Santa Claus?” appeared in The New York Sun in September of 1897. Written by Francis Pharcellus Church, it responded to a letter from an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. I present Church’s inspirational response, below, not to debate if there is a Santa Claus, but rather to remind us, as leaders, to renew our beliefs. Belief in what? In order to overcome what Church calls […]
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 […]
December 1, 2014

Nine Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela

On December 5 of last year, Nelson Mandela joined the ranks of the 20th century’s greatest departed leaders. Along with Martin Luther King, Jr, and Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela transformed his country and the world by moving millions to courageous action. His leadership has been extolled by countless commentators and a host of world leaders. There’s nothing we can add on the first anniversary of his passing. Instead, I’d like to suggest that as 2014 draws to a close, you […]
October 14, 2013

15 Questions Every CEO Needs to Answer

Great leadership consistently and effectively sets direction, creates alignment, gains commitment, and drives accountability. With this kind of leadership, your organization is either on top of your competition or will soon be there. If you think your leadership might have room for improvement, I offer a number of questions to help gauge just how much room there is. If you like, you can score your organization’s leadership. I’ll have some recommendations based on your scores following the questions. Scoring your […]