Leadership Development

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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January 12, 2015

Three Ways to Make Meaning and Performance Flow

Companies that actively make work meaningful within their organizations can significantly enhance workplace performance and engagement. So say a team of researchers, Susie Cranston and Scott Keller, who have studied meaning in the workplace and go so far as to measure it with a Meaning Quotient. Meaning and Performance Matter When asked what’s missing in their workplace experiences, most employees answer, “Meaning.” A sense that what they do every day actually matters. People want to do something that will make […]
January 5, 2015

4 Ways to Work More Efficiently in 2015

In the early days of the Internet, someone described the experience of dealing with all the newly available information as trying to drink water from a fire hose. And those were the early days—before smartphones, Twitter, and Facebook! Throughout 2015, just like last year, you will be bombarded with emails, texts, IMs, phone calls, and possibly demands from yet-to-be-developed forms of technology. The leaders I consult with tell me they desperately need a simple method for dealing with the tsunami […]
December 15, 2014

14 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

If you’ve read Lindsay Learns a Leadership Lesson from the Platinum Rule, you’re aware of the danger that follows from assuming all your employees celebrate the same things the same way. Rather than marking our differences, the spate of holidays packed into December points to the similarities so many cultures share. In the northern hemisphere, where most of contemporary year-end holidays have their origin, December was a time of rest and reflection. The harvest was over. Days grew shorter, nights […]
December 8, 2014

Four Japanese Leadership Lessons from Toyota

The Toyota production system (TPS) is recognized around the world for making Toyota an automotive manufacturing leader. I bring TPS to your attention because it is an integrated socio-technical system—that is, an organizational development approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of people and technology. My approach of Leadership Intimacy also recognizes the interconnectedness of people but goes further, insisting that no matter how many technical skills leaders develop or how much theoretical knowledge they accumulate, they will still succeed or fail […]
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 […]
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 […]
March 9, 2015

4 Ways to Help Employees Out of Hell

The word hell comes to us through the Anglo-Saxon roots of English and from the Proto-Indo-European word kel, which means to conceal or cover up. If you’ve ever concealed anything about yourself, you understand the hell of closeting your feelings, inclinations, history, or identity. We all have secrets, of course, but if you haven’t had to hide anything as deep as your identity, ask someone who’s recently come out of the closet. They’ll tell you it can be hell. Obviously […]
March 2, 2015

Mending the Madness of Multitasking

Among the 25 million meetings that take place in the US every day, 92 percent of the participants engage in some form multitasking such as texting, checking emails, or eating. As many as 41 percent multitask all the time. Which would be fine if multitasking made people more productive. In fact, it does the opposite. A very informative infographic, The High Cost Of Multitasking vividly illustrates the madness of multitasking. A study at Stanford University goes so far as to […]