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!

April 28, 2014

4 Uncommon Tips for Stronger Meeting Focus

I’m going to give you credit for being familiar with most of the rules for running effective meetings and recommend four meeting focus ideas I recently found that you may not have come across. 1. Bag Electronics In our CoachQuest workshops, we ask participants to place their mobile phones in a big bowl. Maybe you do something similar. Here’s a rather clever idea I picked up from one of my LinkedIn groups. Someone wrote how he gave large, personalized envelopes […]
April 21, 2014

Follow it Up! Conscientiously to Guarantee Progress

To Follow it Up! means more than checking up on the progress of your employees. It means to inspect what you expect, yes, but so much more. While many organizations perform poorly because of lack of follow-through, those that do better have leaders who go beyond holding their employees accountable to clearly defined expectations and tracking progress in regular reviews. Of course, those steps cannot be forgotten. They get things done. But that’s just the beginning. Follow it Up! to […]
April 14, 2014

Leadership Excellence for Align4Profit

It hardly seems like a week ago, but last Wednesday, April 9, Align4Profit was awarded the Top 3 Leadership 500 Excellence award for Midsize Leadership Partner & Providers. Roughly 1400 companies from around the world competed for awards in eleven categories. That puts Align4Profit in the top two percent when it comes to leadership excellence. According Debbie McGrath, CEO of HR.com., in the 2014 Global Leadership Excellence Forum press release, Leadership is an art that requires constant practice and focus […]
April 14, 2014

Wrap it Up! Clearly with 5 Ws and 1 H

It takes bold accountability to wrap up coaching conversations properly. And by “properly” I don’t mean for you to follow some prescribed or artificial way. Even though I prescribe specific goals to reach, the only measure of “properly” you should be concerned with is whether or not your conversation will achieve the results you expect. Even though I give you a question format to follow, the only mark you need to make is that you and your learner understand and […]
April 7, 2014

Talk it Up! Candidly with 3 kinds of questions

Anyone can talk. Very few people will remain quiet when asked for their observations. But we listen and come back only to those whose observations we find worthwhile. You can use this simple observation two ways. 1. Ask questions. 2. Improve your observations. Ask Questions Leaders’ attempts to lead productive conversations often get sidetracked. Their observations and directions fall on deaf ears. Both of these problems can be solved with questions. Rather than direct and talk throughout an entire Talk […]
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 […]
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 […]