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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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 […]
December 1, 2014

Nine Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela

On December 5 of last year, Nelson Mandela joined the ranks of the 20th century’s greatest departed leaders. Along with Martin Luther King, Jr, and Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela transformed his country and the world by moving millions to courageous action. His leadership has been extolled by countless commentators and a host of world leaders. There’s nothing we can add on the first anniversary of his passing. Instead, I’d like to suggest that as 2014 draws to a close, you […]
October 13, 2014

Ubuntu: Leadership Lessons from Africa

Boyd Varty grew up among the animals of the Londoloze Game Reserve of eastern South Africa. A place, he recalls in his TED Talk What I learned from Nelson Mandela, where the “people, animals and ecosystems teach us about a more interconnected world.” When he was nine years old, Boyd met Nelson Mandela, whom he refers to as the embodiment of ubuntu—the African word for interconnectedness. More specifically, ubuntu means, “I am because of you.” It expresses the idea that […]
September 22, 2014

Lindsay Learns a Leadership Lesson from the Platinum Rule

Lindsay (not her real name) was a bright, ambitious manager. Recently hired to lead a team at a software company, she was eager to start off in a positive way. During her interview process, she had met with the group she would lead. She knew they would have a say in who would be hired. And the fact that she was chosen from among several dozen candidates led Lindsay to think, rightly so, that she already had made a good […]
September 1, 2014

The Cost of Losing Human Connections

At Align4Profit we train leaders in Leadership Intimacy, because it fosters the kind of human connections that result in High Commitment and High Performance. But we also see how important human connections have become to a worldwide workplace rapidly losing the benefits of personal intimacy. Email, texting, social media, and smartphones enable us to find information without talking to a person. We google our destinations rather than ask for directions. We order and purchase products without human assistance.