Leadership Development

Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

Leadership development may be the most important activity in any organization. In my quest to helping men and women become more and more effective leaders, I share weekly articles that are a quick read with a promise to give your leaders actionable tips they can implement immediately.

It’s my goal to share my experience together with candid and pragmatic advice founded on deep research.

Read and enjoy! To make sure you don’t miss any updates, let me send you a weekly article to your email.

May 12, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Intimate Connections

Today I met Mel, the founder and head honcho of the Three Parks Spectacular Ride. He created this amazing tour more than 30 years ago. He has also played various […]
May 10, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Thankfulness

On the second morning of our horseback-riding adventure along the border between Utah and Arizona, I rose and shot this short video. Hear the birds and the stream, but best […]
May 9, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Managing Millennials

As a boomer my research into developing and managing millennials is top of mind. Sitting here in Las Vegas, I realize we need to make space for millennials’ way of […]
May 8, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Breathing stress away

Before we even saddled up and hit the trail, I met Kaja Michelson. She offers 15-minute Skype sessions at no charge in which she helps you relax, reduce stress, and […]
May 6, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Packing my slacks

I’m about to head west on a week-long trek over rugged terrain on the back of a horse. Along the way I will share my observations on how such a […]
May 2, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: 5 Ways to Communicate Powerfully

The ability to communicate powerfully is one of the most important skills a leader can develop and practice in order to motivate employees. To understand how to communicate powerfully, we […]
April 18, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: Set Stretch Goals

How do you motivate your employees? Do you demand, cajole, threaten, plead? Or do you use the carrot-and-stick approach—reward success and punish failure? None of these approaches works. That is, […]
March 28, 2016

Ignore the Experts

Expert opinion has built up a long rap sheet of error, ranging from amusing misdemeanors to flagrant acts of ignorance. I’ve collected a long list of expert error, which is […]
March 17, 2016

Are the most popular leadership traits masculine or feminine?

When we talk about the most effective leadership traits, our clients often ask us if these traits apply to both male and female leaders. Our frequent answer is, “Of course […]
February 1, 2016

Doing Business Globally with Cultural Intelligence

Shaped by our everyday personal interactions, we humans expect each other to behave in somewhat prescribed ways. Politeness pleases us and bad manners offend us. Trouble is, manners and courtesy […]
January 18, 2016

Six New Training Programs MakeEight Great Ways to Lead Better in 2016

Anyone familiar with Align4Profit must be familiar also with our popular leadership development programs—Leadership Attraction Powers and our consistently award-winning CoachQuest: Leader-as-Coach program. We stage both training programs as open-enrollment […]
January 4, 2016

Three Ways to Beat Anxiety with Optimism in 2016

Late last year researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign established a relationship between optimism and anxiety. Common sense would suggest, of course, that optimistic people suffer less anxiety, […]
December 21, 2015

Girl’s Christmas Question Prompts Lesson for Leaders

The most popular and most often reprinted newspaper editorial of all time, “Is There a Santa Claus?” appeared in The New York Sun in September of 1897. Written by Francis […]
December 7, 2015

How to Achieve Leadership Balance of Power

We all come to leadership loaded with qualities and shortcomings. We call this unique combination of pluses and minuses personality. On a level we cannot always discern, personality determines whether […]
November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving for Leaders

It’s no secret that many leaders, especially women, push themselves too hard these days. We drive ourselves to the brink before we step back to breathe. Many of us fail […]
February 2, 2018
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Develop an Inclusive Organizational Culture

Using Ubuntu as your guide. In 1993 when I left South Africa to move to the U.S., the country was transitioning to a free democracy after years of apartheid. With […]
January 29, 2018
embracing diversity

Let’s deepen and widen the conversation of diversity and inclusion

And bring about real change in your organization. We have all read the research that confirms the organizational benefits of diversity. Your leaders know that diverse teams and organizations are […]
January 26, 2018

Good Managers Are Diligent About Following Up on Agreements

It’s just one part of being skilled at leading Compelling Conversations And in order to lead Compelling Conversations, your managers must become exceptional at the 4 Ups!. That means they: […]
January 25, 2018
compelling conversations

Taking Action Is a Key Indicator of Compelling Conversations

Are your leaders leading with Compelling Conversations? In a series of posts on my 4 Ups! model (Bring it Up! Talk it Up! Wrap it Up! and Follow it Up!) […]
January 24, 2018
compelling conversations

Leading Is Talking

But talking is much more than making conversation. Think of your workplace and count the astounding number of conversations, debates, disagreement, negotiations, and feedback discussions that take place daily, monthly, […]
January 23, 2018
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Bring it Up!

The skill leads to better performance. One could suggest, among the variety of definitions of leadership, that leadership is made up of a series of conversations with peers, managers, team […]