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!

February 3, 2014

Four Critical Behaviors of Balanced Accountability

You’ve heard the adage, If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Something very similar applies with regard to Accountability. Namely, you are either driving too little, too much, or just the right balance of Accountability. There is only a very small sweet spot that can be called driving the right level of Accountability. Balanced Accountability addresses the performance side of leadership and the ultimate goal of Leadership Intimacy and achieving High Commitment and High Performance. […]
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 […]
May 12, 2014

4 Ups! Model of effective communication

Listen Up! As part of our ongoing leadership-development research at Align4Profit, we collect data from the participants in our programs and conduct interviews with leaders at all levels in multiple industries. Recently we launched a survey to delve deeper into what exactly makes frequent, open, honest, and candid communication so difficult for some leaders and organizations. We are excited to share the preliminary results with you here. Align4Profit’s 4 Ups! is a model for REAL communication. The absence of which […]
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 […]