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!

January 20, 2014

Nine Ways to Make Every Minute Count

Ask anyone who has lost money, they’ll tell you it’s not a very rewarding experience. But time, we would all agree, is so much more valuable than money. Your life is not just measured in time, it is time. And when you waste time, you throw away part of your life. Even worse, you can work and get your money back. But time lost is lost forever. And nothing has value outside of time. You can have the greatest home, […]
January 13, 2014

3 Lessons in Mode Management

Have you ever referred to someone by the way they behave—shy, aggressive, or studious? Do you think of aggressive, for example, as that person’s personality? That’s a rather limiting way to identify someone, isn’t it? Try thinking of a person’s behavior in terms of modes. Think of your behavior the same way. I know someone who is assertive in a masterful way at work but almost the opposite at home and among her friends. Clearly her assertiveness would be described […]
January 6, 2014

Get REAL to Communicate with Millennials

I want to bring in the New Year by focusing your attention on the newest people in your organization. Specifically the challenge of how to communicate with millennials. Your leaders are older than your youngest hires. Sometimes a generation older. Your younger professionals, whether they you call them Generation Y or Millennials, tend to be less effective communicators, some would say. That’s fine, they are not your leaders yet. You have time to help them communicate more effectively. But that’s […]
December 16, 2013

The How and Why of High Engagement

How many people work in your organization? If you answered with a percentage, such as, “About half,” then you understand the question. Let me put it this way, What percentage of your workforce is fully engaged? I’ve seen all kinds of numbers over the years bemoaning engagement percentages that hover around 30 percent. The “about half” quip, above, actually represents what I generally see as the percentage of those workers who have effectively checked out, who come to work to […]
December 2, 2013

Combat Killer Silence with the 4 Ups

Some stock phrases meant to promise open communication are spoken so frequently, I think it’s time to officially designate them as communication clichés. Some examples: My door is always open Don’t be afraid to ask. I promise to be open and direct with you. We all have to open up and share.   Everyone understands that candid communication is essential to organizational health. No one argues that you can build High Commitment and High Performance without honesty. Yet in practice, […]
May 5, 2014

3 Crucial Questions to Ask Your Boomers

Before they take to the beach for the rest of their natural lives, you might want to take aside your soon-to-retire executives from the Baby Boomer generation and learn a few things from their experience. Consider, for example, the following kinds of questions: What have you learned about change? Change is a constant that younger workers have not had the time to experience or fully appreciate. Boomers understand change. They once collected 45-rpm singles, moved up to LP phonograph records, […]
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 […]