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.

Read and enjoy. We welcome your comments!

September 1, 2014

The Cost of Losing Human Connections

At Align4Profit we train leaders in Leadership Intimacy, because it fosters the kind of human connections that result in High Commitment and High Performance. But we also see how important human connections have become to a worldwide workplace rapidly losing the benefits of personal intimacy. Email, texting, social media, and smartphones enable us to find information without talking to a person. We google our destinations rather than ask for directions. We order and purchase products without human assistance.
August 25, 2014

Cap Bad Habits with CHAP

Working with Emotional Intelligence at Align4Profit has brought us success in helping leaders break habits. We begin by working with the three fundamental elements of habit—Cue, Action, and Pay-off (CAP). Habitual behavior is set off by a stimulus or Cue, which triggers an unthinking response or Action, for which you receive a reward or Pay-off. Every time anyone completes such a cycle, the bad habit is reinforced by making the response more automatic and immediate.
August 18, 2014

How to Defeat Deception

Deception is everywhere. The most ubiquitous example—advertising. No doubt you learned at an early age that marketers use all sorts of guises and even outright lies to trick you into buying their products. Not all advertising deceives as egregiously as the package illustrated in the comparison below. Of course, advertising is not the only deceiver you regularly encounter. If you’re lucky, only a few of your peers, managers, suppliers, clients, and employees pursue hidden agendas, play victim, divert your attention, […]
August 11, 2014

How to Ask Intimate Questions

Questions hold the key to the doors of effective communication. But they can do more than open doors. They can help you develop Leadership Intimacy. The sum of how you as a leader apply your emotion, cognition, behavior, and communication determines how effectively you will be able to inspire action, motivate engagement, and mobilize performance. Leaders can begin to build Leadership Intimacy with intimate questions. What are intimate questions? Intimate questions enable you to personalize your leadership approach and help […]
August 4, 2014

4 Reasons for Feedback from Multiple Sources

Feedback from multiple sources is always more reliable than any one source. Especially when the feedback conflicts with what someone already believes to be true. For example, if one person tells you that you have a green tail, you can confidently assume they are mistaken. If two people make the same observation, you might conclude they are in cahoots and pulling your leg. But when a dozen people insist, it may be time to embrace your tail! Four for More […]
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 […]
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 […]