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!

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 to see the danger such drive might be doing to ourselves. We get so involved with succeeding at everything we do that the danger signals fail to get our attention. In response, I present you with the following video, put together by WSFM radio in Sydney, Australia. It gives you […]
November 16, 2015

How Tomatoes Can Save You Time and Money

In the late 1980s, Francesco Cirillio developed and introduced a technique named after the tomato. Despite the playful name, his time-management discipline can help leaders like you be more productive and gain the time you need to focus on your principal job—leading. In his LinkedIn profile, Cirillo claims many accomplishments having to do with time management. Among them is a time-saving, productivity discipline named after the Italian word for tomato—the Pomodoro Technique. It employs a time-management process called timeboxing, which […]
November 2, 2015

Emotional Intelligence: Why Relationships Always Trump Skills.

Here’s a fact that should be obvious, but some leaders tend to overlook it and fail to address it. Humans are emotionally driven. There’s no getting around it. When deciding what to do, your brain gives more weight to how you feel about what to do rather than what you think you should do. Emotion influences and drives our moods, our decisions, and our behavior. That goes for all of us. Which is why healthy emotional relationships make for successful […]
October 19, 2015

WARNING: Don’t Try to Lead Without Ikigai

According to the Japanese concept of ikigai, everyone needs a reason for living. The French call it “raison d’être.” Literally “reason to be.” But no matter how you say it, you cannot lead without it. Every leader needs a reason for living and leading. At Align4Profit we have always insisted that every leader we train come to our program with a Leadership Credo. That’s because, before you can lead anyone, you have to know yourself, believe in yourself, and lead […]
October 5, 2015

Six Questions that Engage Employees

One of the most disheartening statistics for leaders concerns employee engagement. Only 13 percent of people employed around the world are fully engaged. As many as 24 percent, actively disengaged Marshall Goldsmith, a best-selling author and executive coach, offers a simple shift in focus, backed by disciplined research, to help leaders engage employees more effectively. Of all the approaches to increasing employee engagement I’ve come across, Goldsmith’s simple shift in focus from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation makes the most […]
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 are interpreted very differently throughout the world. In this short, amusing video, you will see seven hand gestures that Americans not only use regularly but find completely acceptable. Around the world, however, they all can be interpreted as extremely offensive. One common gesture can even get you arrested. When it […]
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 events and bring them into organizations. To ring in 2016 and to help you and your organization make it a banner year for great leadership, we are happy to introduce six new training programs.
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, but the research shows that healthy, optimistic adults not only suffer less from anxiety but have a more optimal size of the brain area associated with anxiety disorders, the orbitofrontal cortex. In The Athlete’s Way, Christopher Bergland, an ultra-endurance athlete, asked the question, “Can being optimistic change the size of […]
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 Pharcellus Church, it responded to a letter from an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. I present Church’s inspirational response, below, not to debate if there is a Santa Claus, but rather to remind us, as leaders, to renew our beliefs. Belief in what? In order to overcome what Church calls […]