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!

September 16, 2013

The Six Attraction Powers of all Great Leaders

All great leaders possess the following six competencies. We list and describe them here so you can consider to what degree you and your leaders express or lack each of them as they pursue their self-development as leaders. Accountability Delivering according to specific expectations lies at the heart of driving performance. Accountable leaders do so across an organization and within each team member. They align and move themselves, other individuals, teams, and the organization toward sustainable growth and profit. Empathy […]
September 10, 2013

How to Align a Slacker

It only takes one lazy, worthless procrastinator; one slow, lethargic, sloth of a freeloading loafer; one idle, deadbeat, goof-off, skater to bring down the effectiveness of your entire team. So why put up with a Slacker? After all, it’s tough enough getting all your employees pulling in the same direction, fully aligned, and humming with confidence, accountability, determination and passion, without worrying about a Slacker dragging them down. And it’s not easy finding a dynamic way to align and engage […]
September 9, 2013

Executive Maturity: Siri vs. Speaktoit

The great majority of CEOs (88% by one count) agree that Executive Maturity is a critical leadership skill. By maturity they mean the ability to adjust and manage change in a mature way. Your ability to act with self-regulation, to control or redirect your potentially disruptive impulses and moods depends on your ability to 1) suspend judgment, 2) think before acting, and 3) respond in a way that will achieve the result you want. The best responders, I recently discovered […]
August 26, 2013

Eureka! Stop trying so hard!

The ancient Greek scientist Archimedes, directed by the king to determine if a golden crown was pure gold or an alloy, worked real hard on the solution. But he solved the problem when he took a break and stepped into his bath. Then, the story goes, he ran naked down the streets screaming, “Eureka!” the Greek word for “I found it!” Archimedes Method 1. Understand the problem. 2. Think real hard. 3. Take a bath. 4. Realize the solution. 5. […]
August 19, 2013

Raising the bar on performance sparks motivation and engagement

Leadership is constantly challenged by the problem of how to motivate and engage high performance. It turns out that raising the bar or turning up the heat is the best way increase both motivation and engagement. We know from tons of research that extrinsic rewards like money, recognition, fame, and the like do very little to truly motivate employees to perform at their optimum level. Rather, leaders can encourage intrinsic motivation by creating an environment that fosters challenging experiences. Ideally, […]
March 17, 2014

Where Do You Stand on the Feedback Staircase?

Great leaders understand that if they want their employees to improve, they have to give each one honest, direct, and timely feedback. And the same goes for leaders. To improve, you have to seek out and welcome feedback from your manager, your peers, and your employees. In my paper Breakfast of Champions, I offer steps to take to improve the way you receive feedback. Here I’d like to take you step by step through each step on what I call […]
March 10, 2014

Tenacity in the Balance

Many great plans, dreamed up and designed in the heat of creative passion, end up discarded for lack of leadership Tenacity. As a tenacious leader, you not only have to set expectations and inspire the plan with a firmness of purpose, you have to follow through on execution to the very end with fierce determination. Of course, like all Six Attraction Powers, Tenacity must be applied carefully in a balanced approach. Tenacity will serve you, your team, and your organization […]
March 3, 2014

4 Ways to Make Reflection More Powerful

Leaders who consistently make time for Reflection help not only themselves but also everyone around them. By reflecting on how you need to behave in order to get the best out of everyone, you will consistently make progress driving accountability and motivating engagement. Reflection makes the difference between a well-guided team and organization and one that constantly gets tossed around on the tides of change. Like all Leadership Attraction Powers, you must carefully balance your use of Reflection. Use this […]
February 21, 2014

Five Olympic-class Leadership Lessons

Everyone aiming for High Performance should at least have a look at Leadership lessons from the Olympics by Tom Scott in the Washington Post. There are no end to the lessons leaders can learn from watching the performances and learning the stories of this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi. Scott focuses on the following five: 1. Relish, don’t stress, the big moment. I’m always amazed at how the world’s most outstanding Olympic performers approach their big moments. No one knows […]