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!

June 3, 2013

Improve Performance with Call and Response Redirection

In my previous blog post, How to add FORCE to your Positive Reinforcement, I pointed out that in every CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop, we practice two kinds of Call and Response Coaching—Reinforcement and Redirection. I gave you an overview of how to Reinforce what your team members are doing well. Now I will introduce the practice of Redirection Coaching. Using the Call and Response technique outlined in Call and Response Coaching, your job is to provide constructive feedback that will help […]
May 27, 2013

How to add FORCE to your Positive Reinforcement

Everybody appreciates a genuine, sincerely delivered pat on the back. But that truism can get a leader into trouble. Sincere as it might be, genuine positive reinforcement can actually work against you. You may have heard me say, “Praise unexamined is futile and meaningless.” That’s because it’s never enough to simply offer your team members a pleasant, “Nice job!” Unless you and your employee examine the praise, you’re wasting your breath. Leadership Intimacy demands that you not only recognize what […]
May 20, 2013

Call and Response Coaching: A better way to lead the way

If I say, “Shave and a haircut…” you say, “Two bits.” When we do that, we engage in a social interaction known as Call and Response. We find this kind of back-and-forth, give-and-take interaction all around the world. In Africa, where I come from, performers actively involve their audiences in their performances, which are not meant to be watched passively. We know that in the workplace, involvement drives ownership. As a leader, you can use Call and Response Coaching to […]
May 13, 2013

You Are Because We Are

In the South African language Nguni, Ubuntu means “humanness.” Similar concepts appear in Botswana, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. In Western culture, a version appears as early as 1770 from the French Enlightenment. The philosopher Baron d’Holbach wrote in his System of Nature that “it is other people who are most necessary to the welfare of man…” More recently US president Theodore Roosevelt addressed the idea of Ubuntu in a 1903 message. The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon […]
May 6, 2013

How to Create an Effective Leadership Learning Plan

We hear from the legendary Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, outfielder, and manager Yogi Berra in witty phrases people use every day. Like, “It ain’t over till it’s over” and “It’s deja vu all over again.” But these quirky aphorisms, called Yogi-isms, will entertain forever, because even though they sound at first like nonsense, many contain a tasty bit of wisdom. This one, “Life is a learning experience, only if you learn,” brings home the essence of Leadership Learning—that you […]
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, […]