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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]