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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.

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December 11, 2017

Help your managers set high-quality goals for 2018

Help your managers set high-quality goals for 2018 Research shows that 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, while only 8% are successful in in achieving them. Around this time of the year and into early the new year, your leaders will be working with their employees to set goals. Hopefully your managers and employees will partner to write SMART goals. If you want to really help your leaders succeed in developing actionable goals this year, encourage your leaders to […]
September 18, 2017

Six Solid Reasons to Engage Align4Profit

Six Solid Reasons to Engage Align4Profit If you’ve ever been tempted to assume that all leadership development approaches are basically the same, you’re right. And wrong. True. Around the middle of the 20th century, organizations began approaching leadership as something people can be trained to do and do well. So since then the practices of leadership development have evolved into a wealth of best practices. Providers of these best practices, therefore, must distinguish themselves in the way they deliver leadership […]
June 19, 2017

High Commitment and High Performance — Striking the Balance

High Commitment and High Performance — Striking the Balance Navigating between the poles of profit and people or returns and trust is at the center of every leader’s job. However, urged on by the demand for performance and results in tough economic times, leaders have placed more emphasis on High Performance or driving accountability over High Commitment or motivating engagement. In response, some leadership models have attempted to correct this over-emphasis by advocating more vehemently for engagement. Either approach has […]
November 14, 2016

Five Keys to Artful Communication

Five Keys to Artful Communication Some leaders are very good at bringing up topics in conversation and coaching. Even difficult or sensitive topics seem to be easy for them to openly bring to the table. When a conversation is in full force, they keep the objective in focus. They listen and drive judiciously to mutually agreed-upon resolutions. Then they gain heartfelt commitment by achieving mutual understanding and agreement and by focusing on personal interests. Finally, they follow-through to ensure that […]
November 7, 2016

3 x 3 Engagement: The key to your next career move

What happened the last time you ran into one of your higher-ups in the hallway or on an elevator? Chances are they said something along the lines of, “Hello, how are you?” What was your reply? A standard, “Fine. Thanks. Busy. How are you?”? Maybe you commented on your favorite sports team or the weather. “Hot enough for you?” Or did you open the door to a mutually beneficial encounter? It’s not always easy to quickly and effectively engage anyone […]
May 30, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: 4 Ways to Foster Innovation

Innovation is so essential to organizational success, it goes without saying. But I said it, because although we hear so much about innovation and how important it is, we often fall into the trap of giving it little more than lip service. In this series of blog posts about employee motivation, I conclude with innovation, saving the most important for last. That’s because innovation may be the greatest motivator for employees. It is also critical for your organization to create […]
May 16, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: Develop Employees 4 Ways

The people you want to hire, the kind of employees I hope you have hired, are people who want to grow. They are employees who want to become great at what they do. Better yet, they want to drive your organization to higher and higher levels of success. If your employees are not of a continuous-learning mindset, then you may be lacking in your approach to motivation. We know from experience and from the research we continuously follow that employees […]
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 parts in 31 movies. A quiet and caring character, Mel has given me the nickname “Panther Fast.” Mel’s son Justin has now taken over the company. They inspired me to reflect on intimacy as Justin shared with me what his Mormon faith believes about strong family connections—the family unit having […]
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 first have to understand something about communication. Communication has been defined all sorts of ways. That’s because we can identify all manner of communication between people. Let’s define communication as it pertains to motivating employees. Communication is the process of exchanging information that affects relationships between people.
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 […]
September 7, 2015

Passion or Service. How do you labor?

Young people have asked me, “What should I do with my talents? Should I go into management, sales, science, academia…?” Recently a very gifted leader confessed that she was seriously considering accepting an invitation to sing in a heavy metal band. I advised her to continue seriously considering. As always, I stopped at “seriously considering” and did not tell her to “go for it.” That’s up to her. However, I did tell her to consider whether her management talents or […]