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!

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, full […]
November 11, 2013

Six Steps to Changing Brains

Leaders who want to achieve high performance in their organizations recognize how difficult it can be to get people to change. It starts with changing brains. Even those who have achieved greater performance levels and are tempted to feel satisfied with the status quo understand that no matter how well their teams may be performing, they can do better. Furthermore, the way people behave today will have to change tomorrow, because if anything is certain, it’s that the things will […]
October 14, 2013

15 Questions Every CEO Needs to Answer

Great leadership consistently and effectively sets direction, creates alignment, gains commitment, and drives accountability. With this kind of leadership, your organization is either on top of your competition or will soon be there. If you think your leadership might have room for improvement, I offer a number of questions to help gauge just how much room there is. If you like, you can score your organization’s leadership. I’ll have some recommendations based on your scores following the questions. Scoring your […]
October 7, 2013

How you can be seen as a confident, intelligent, dependable leader

In studies by Cameron Anderson of UC Berkeley published in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, researchers have come up with some interesting insights into how and why some people take the lead in newly formed groups. In short, the people who lead are those who take the lead. But we can also find some deeper lessons in leadership in the details of the experiments. How leaders emerge in groups When researchers assigned subjects to group exercises, the men […]
September 30, 2013

Coach team alignment to get the “dead” out of deadlines!

Nothing gets things going like a solid, no-exceptions deadline. In addition to making sure things get done, deadlines also teach teams how to delegate and force members to set priorities. Meeting deadlines teaches teams to work on a schedule. For that reason extended deadlines are dangerous, because they can become a habit and destroy discipline. Without deadlines, it’s safe to assume not much would get done. And yet, many teams have a hard time meeting deadlines, despite the fact that […]
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 […]
March 31, 2014

Bring it Up! Courageously to avoid the Ugly Downside

It takes guts to deal with issues that tie a knot in your stomach. It takes courage to confront the people involved in those issues. But the rewards of resolving issues and helping employees meet your expectations more than make up for the difficulty. And as you get the hang of it, you’ll find it just gets easier and easier find the courage to Bring it Up! Some leaders are very good at introducing topics in conversation and coaching. Even […]