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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July 28, 2014

3 Reasons Not to Use Forced Ranking Systems

Everything we do for our clients at Align4Profit aims at creating cultures of High Commitment that also produce results-driven High Performance. We believe it’s the only combination that works for long-term growth in an organization. By that I mean, it’s the only way you and your organization can ensure a sustainable focus on people and profit. DAME The challenge is to hit what we call the DAME sweet spot—the intersection and situational balance of Driving Accountability (DA) and Motivating Engagement […]
July 21, 2014

The Other Side of the Golden Rule

Every major religion and essentially every philosophy, ethical system, and human culture has embraced what has come to be known as the Golden Rule. It seems that humans understood long ago that they tend to respond to the way they are treated with similar treatment. No surprise, then, that a rule advising good treatment should appear. When you follow the Golden Rule, you will find that, in general, you are treated well in return. Unfortunately bad treatment still triggers bad […]
July 14, 2014

16 Team Alignment Challenges You Can Solve

Unfortunately, strong and healthy team alignment is rare. But it’s not only possible to achieve, it’s absolutely within your reach. If your teams are perfectly aligned, you don’t need to read any further. If you’re not sure how well aligned they are, go through the following 16 Team Alignment Challenges. Perfectly aligned teams suffer none of these complaints and conditions. We are all working hard but pulling in different directions We suffer from low trust and poor team dynamics Our […]
July 7, 2014

How Memories Motivate

Nobel laureate and psychologist Daniel Kahneman makes a distinction between what he calls the Experiencing Self and the Remembering Self. This distinction helps explain why human experiences and memories can be so different. Why experiences fade and memories motivate. To really understand what Kahneman has to say, view the TED video Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory. I offer a summary of his theory followed by what I think it means to leaders. Kahneman contends that people base […]
June 30, 2014

How to Profit from the Purpose Motive

People want to do things that fulfill their need to make a difference in their lives, in their organization, and in the world. This Purpose Motive drives your employees toward what they believe will give their lives meaning. The following 11-minute video literally illustrates research cited by author Daniel H. Pink about three principal human drivers. But be prepared for several significant, counterintuitive conclusions.
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 […]