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.

August 26, 2013

Eureka! Stop trying so hard!

The ancient Greek scientist Archimedes, directed by the king to determine if a golden crown was pure gold or an alloy, worked real hard on the solution. But he solved […]
August 19, 2013

Raising the bar on performance sparks motivation and engagement

Leadership is constantly challenged by the problem of how to motivate and engage high performance. It turns out that raising the bar or turning up the heat is the best […]
August 12, 2013

Real Feedback Creates Really Great Leaders

Why do leaders accept mediocre performance and allow their team members and peers to continue their normal dysfunctional behavior? It’s not an easy question to answer, because the answer resides […]
August 5, 2013

Mediocrity Kills Great Leadership

“Tyranny of Incrementalism will kill organizations.” —Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas Most organizations and leaders resort to incremental change. Instead of following through with all the deliberate practices required of […]
July 29, 2013

How to Eliminate 14 Motivation Roadblocks

A leader’s job, as I’ve said many times, is to drive accountability and motivate engagement — the kind of accountability and engagement that deliver High Commitment and High Performance. I […]
July 22, 2013

4 Steps Toward Executive Maturity

Today’s best companies are searching for leadership talent that can act with executive maturity. What does that mean? For one thing, executive maturity is the opposite of reacting emotionally, that […]
July 15, 2013

Intimate Leadership Begins with an Accurate Self-Image

In my blog post Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword, I write about how your leadership assets can also work as liabilities. I advised you to balance the emphasis […]
July 8, 2013

Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword

Your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. This should not strike you as earth-shaking news. It’s the stuff of great stories and legends as well as real history. […]
July 1, 2013

Selecting Your Accountability Partner

An accountability partner is someone who coaches you an helps keep you focused on and headed toward your goals as an intimate leader. The relationship uses the power of positive […]
June 24, 2013

Use Environmental Reminders to Lead More Effectively

I’m not going to tell you my password, but I’ll give you a clue. It’s a reminder to me, from me, to work on one of my leadership development challenges—a […]
June 17, 2013

Your Big Five Leadership Priorities

So much to do and so little time to do it! That’s one of the most familiar complaints I hear from the leaders I coach. Too many get lured into […]
June 10, 2013

Leadership Presence: How to perfect your Touch Points

Leadership Presence is important, because how you are perceived affects your ability to lead. But if you Google “Leadership Presence,” I’m certain you will end up confused about what it […]
June 3, 2013

Improve Performance with Call and Response Redirection

In my previous blog post, How to add FORCE to your Positive Reinforcement, I pointed out that in every CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop, we practice two kinds of Call and Response […]
May 27, 2013

How to add FORCE to your Positive Reinforcement

Everybody appreciates a genuine, sincerely delivered pat on the back. But that truism can get a leader into trouble. Sincere as it might be, genuine positive reinforcement can actually work […]
May 20, 2013

Call and Response Coaching: A better way to lead the way

If I say, “Shave and a haircut…” you say, “Two bits.” When we do that, we engage in a social interaction known as Call and Response. We find this kind […]
July 6, 2015

Five Ways Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

Some leaders motivate much more effectively than others. The greatest examples come to mind immediately. Born in South Africa, I think first of Nelson Mandela. But we have many examples […]
June 29, 2015

How Rudeness Ruins Work

Christine Porath, an associate professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, has been studying the rise of rudeness in the workplace for nearly 20 years. Her disturbing findings […]
June 15, 2015

When to Coach. When to Mentor.

Coaches and mentors perform very different functions in the development of the people they help. Their responsibilities overlap, because both are concerned with another’s development. But leaders must recognize the […]
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 […]
June 1, 2015

Six Ways to Gain Discretionary Effort

The difference between the effort an employee can invest in their work and the minimum effort they have to invest in order to keep their job is called Discretionary Effort. […]
May 25, 2015

Construal Leadership: How employees construe your direction

In psychology a concept called “construals” looks at how individuals interpret the world around them, and especially the way they expect others to behave with regard to themselves. You’re right […]