Leadership Intimacy

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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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 spectacular change of scenery affects my outlook on life and leadership. As I get ready to leave, here’s what I already know. When you unplug and free yourself from life’s everyday stresses, especially doing a little strenuous physical exercise, your come back focused and sharp. It’s always worked this way […]
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.
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, none of them will work for every employee or for any employee for very long. More importantly, none creates the kind of workplace experience today’s employees seek. nsic motivation. Research from the past decade has uncovered what great leaders do to create a workplace environment that motivates. Among the discoveries […]
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 fun but also sad to review. Here are just of few of the most glaring errors from people who have risen to the level of expert. As you read them, consider how expert biases may affect you at work. The talking motion picture will not supplant the regular silent motion […]
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 they do. Does it really matter?” The real question to ask and answer is, “What are the critical leadership traits necessary to create an awesome employee experience?” Organizations and individual leaders ask masculine-feminine questions because, as more and more women enter the ranks of leadership with a variety of different […]
April 6, 2015

Fit in or stand out? Inclusion means both.

Belonging to a group, a team, or an organization doesn’t have to mean conforming. You can be both unique and be a team player. In fact, that’s what you as a leader want to encourage. To go beyond diversity and champion inclusion. Your reward will be higher employee commitment and engagement. To illustrate the difference between diversity and inclusion, imagine that you’re throwing a party. Diversity occurs when you invite someone different from most of your other guests. Inclusion happens […]
March 30, 2015

8 Ways Introverts Add Value to Your Organization

Introverts have always been with us, even though the term was not popularized until the 20th century by Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung. His ideas on extroversion and introversion have been incorporated into the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the word introvert has become part of everyday language. According to Susan Cain in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, introverts favor their own mental life. Their energy rises in reflection and […]
March 9, 2015

4 Ways to Help Employees Out of Hell

The word hell comes to us through the Anglo-Saxon roots of English and from the Proto-Indo-European word kel, which means to conceal or cover up. If you’ve ever concealed anything about yourself, you understand the hell of closeting your feelings, inclinations, history, or identity. We all have secrets, of course, but if you haven’t had to hide anything as deep as your identity, ask someone who’s recently come out of the closet. They’ll tell you it can be hell. Obviously […]
February 23, 2015

The Imitation Game and Leadership Intimacy

Alan Turing was a genius. Known as the father of computer science, he gave the world the fundamental concepts required to invent and build computers. The Academy Award winning movie The Imitation Game tells the story of his heroic attempt to save the British and the rest of the world from the Nazis. It’s safe to read on. No major spoilers herein. The few moments described below will not in any way diminish your enjoyment of the film. During World […]