Leadership Development

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

Leadership development may be the most important activity in any organization. In my quest to helping men and women become more and more effective leaders, I share weekly articles that are a quick read with a promise to give your leaders actionable tips they can implement immediately.

It’s my goal to share my experience together with candid and pragmatic advice founded on deep research.

Read and enjoy! To make sure you don’t miss any updates, let me send you a weekly article to your email.

March 24, 2014

Help us with the 4 Ups! Survey

It’s a fact: frequent, open, honest, and candid communication is essential to organizational health. Yet in my practice, far to many clients complain that it just doesn’t happen. I’d like […]
March 17, 2014

Where Do You Stand on the Feedback Staircase?

Great leaders understand that if they want their employees to improve, they have to give each one honest, direct, and timely feedback. And the same goes for leaders. To improve, […]
March 10, 2014

Tenacity in the Balance

Many great plans, dreamed up and designed in the heat of creative passion, end up discarded for lack of leadership Tenacity. As a tenacious leader, you not only have to […]
March 3, 2014

4 Ways to Make Reflection More Powerful

Leaders who consistently make time for Reflection help not only themselves but also everyone around them. By reflecting on how you need to behave in order to get the best […]
February 24, 2014

Why and How Engagement Improves Profit

Our ongoing research consistently tells us that Engagement, one of the Six Leadership Attraction Powers, is the the lifeblood of coaching effectiveness. When leaders regularly engage employees in feedback in […]
February 21, 2014

Five Olympic-class Leadership Lessons

Everyone aiming for High Performance should at least have a look at Leadership lessons from the Olympics by Tom Scott in the Washington Post. There are no end to the […]
February 17, 2014

How the Mature Adult Displays Maturity

In the context of the workplace, Mature leaders provide a reliable pattern of behavior that employees can depend on for calm, fair, considered, and balanced responses to all kinds of […]
February 10, 2014

The Seven Essential Abilities of an Empathetic Leader

Great leaders take a personal interest in the employees they manage. They apply the appropriate and balanced amount of Empathy, one of the Six Attraction Powers. Empathetic leaders invest themselves […]
February 6, 2014

More dollars for training means great gains for you!

When Forbes reports Spending on Corporate Training Soars: Employee Capabilities Now A Priority, leaders everywhere should at the very least start to consider scheduling leadership training dates. Karen O’ Leonard, […]
February 3, 2014

Four Critical Behaviors of Balanced Accountability

You’ve heard the adage, If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Something very similar applies with regard to Accountability. Namely, you are either driving too […]
January 20, 2014

Nine Ways to Make Every Minute Count

Ask anyone who has lost money, they’ll tell you it’s not a very rewarding experience. But time, we would all agree, is so much more valuable than money. Your life […]
January 13, 2014

3 Lessons in Mode Management

Have you ever referred to someone by the way they behave—shy, aggressive, or studious? Do you think of aggressive, for example, as that person’s personality? That’s a rather limiting way […]
January 6, 2014

Get REAL to Communicate with Millennials

I want to bring in the New Year by focusing your attention on the newest people in your organization. Specifically the challenge of how to communicate with millennials. Your leaders […]
December 16, 2013

The How and Why of High Engagement

How many people work in your organization? If you answered with a percentage, such as, “About half,” then you understand the question. Let me put it this way, What percentage […]
December 2, 2013

Combat Killer Silence with the 4 Ups

Some stock phrases meant to promise open communication are spoken so frequently, I think it’s time to officially designate them as communication clichés. Some examples: My door is always open […]
May 8, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Breathing stress away

Before we even saddled up and hit the trail, I met Kaja Michelson. She offers 15-minute Skype sessions at no charge in which she helps you relax, reduce stress, and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]