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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November 24, 2014

Six Sure Ways to Inspire Action

It’s been said that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Amen. Everyone has good intentions, but fewer see their intentions bear fruit. In any political debate or discussion about how to make the world a better place, most participants seem to know what they think should be done, but again, few get up and do anything. Just as in everyday life, the workplace holds no shortage of good intentions. The following six directives describe what great leaders […]
November 17, 2014

4 Ways Not to Fall Into the Training-Do Gap

Learning is meaningless unless you also achieve behavior change. Too many organizations invest time and money training in order to improve performance only to find that, when the training is over, performance does not improve. Been there? It’s called the Training-Do Gap. First, let’s understand why this happens. At least two reasons. Training programs often focus too heavily on theory and neglect commitment to specific action. Within three months of a training event, people forget about 80 percent of what […]
November 10, 2014

Do You Really Want to Be Yourself?

Like most people, you play a number of roles. You act differently when you’re out on the town partying with your best friends than you do when you’re coaching an employee or when you’re helping your children with their homework. Playing a variety of roles is not only normal and healthy, it’s also absolutely necessary. “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life” by Erving Goffman compares the roles we play the way a dramaturgist analyzes characters in plays. Wikipedia provides […]
November 3, 2014

Small Wins Mean Bigger Grins

As often as you see success celebrated in victory laps, leaping athletes, parades, and street parties, it’s easy to forget that’s not the way success usually goes. Mounting the Olympic podium is reserved for few. The rest of us will succeed, but step by step, inch by inch, one day at a time. In their book The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins To Ignite Joy, Engagement And Creativity At Work wife-and-husband psychologists Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer celebrate the power […]
October 27, 2014

How Great Leaders Tell Compelling Stories

Compelling stories do a much better job of delivering a message than any other form of communication. Stories communicate meaning far more effectively and powerfully. Numbers and statistics can confirm claims. They have even been known to stretch the truth. But only stories can move people beyond logic and reason into the realm of emotion, conviction, and dedicated action. Storytelling does a better job of helping others understand who you are and what you stand for. They illustrate vision, teach […]
February 23, 2015

The Imitation Game and Leadership Intimacy

Alan Turing was a genius. Known as the father of computer science, he gave the world the fundamental concepts required to invent and build computers. The Academy Award winning movie The Imitation Game tells the story of his heroic attempt to save the British and the rest of the world from the Nazis. It’s safe to read on. No major spoilers herein. The few moments described below will not in any way diminish your enjoyment of the film. During World […]
February 16, 2015

4 Kinds of Clarity to Improve How You Delegate

Leaders have to delegate. They decide who does what work and how much. In a competitive marketplace, success goes to those who produce most efficiently. You want your teams to get as much done at the highest level of excellence. What do you do when they don’t? When the work you assign does not meet the standards you’ve set, do you assume that your employees have failed? Or do you consider improving the way you delegate? In my experience, poor […]
February 9, 2015

4 Ways to Ace the Culture-Results Balancing Act

Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001 is known for driving performance. One of the most praised corporate leaders in the world, Welch increased GE’s net earnings from approximately $14 billion to $500 billion during his reign. I say “reign,” because Welch was also known for his imperial presence, a workforce-reduction method dubbed “rank and yank,” and his defense of his “public hanging” firing style. All three of these terms unfairly disparage the legendary […]
February 2, 2015

Playfulness: The power of play in the workplace

How many times have you seen an interview in which a movie star, a sports hero, or a hugely successful person sums up their passion for what they do with, “I absolutely love what I do!” Isn’t that the secret to happiness—loving what you do? Shouldn’t we all be doing what we love? If you’re one of the lucky ones who loves the work they do, I’ll bet you’re having fun. People who love what they do naturally have fun […]