Leadership Intimacy

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.

July 6, 2015

Five Ways Extraordinary Leaders Motivate

Some leaders motivate much more effectively than others. The greatest examples come to mind immediately. Born in South Africa, I think first of Nelson Mandela. But we have many examples […]
June 29, 2015

How Rudeness Ruins Work

Christine Porath, an associate professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, has been studying the rise of rudeness in the workplace for nearly 20 years. Her disturbing findings […]
June 15, 2015

When to Coach. When to Mentor.

Coaches and mentors perform very different functions in the development of the people they help. Their responsibilities overlap, because both are concerned with another’s development. But leaders must recognize the […]
June 8, 2015

How to Lead Like an Octopus

The octopus could teach some leaders a thing or two about leadership. Specifically it can help leaders who micromanage, those who worry over the smallest details of the direction they […]
June 1, 2015

Six Ways to Gain Discretionary Effort

The difference between the effort an employee can invest in their work and the minimum effort they have to invest in order to keep their job is called Discretionary Effort. […]
May 25, 2015

Construal Leadership: How employees construe your direction

In psychology a concept called “construals” looks at how individuals interpret the world around them, and especially the way they expect others to behave with regard to themselves. You’re right […]
May 18, 2015

Coffee, Tea, and Leadership Intimacy

It’s practically impossible to watch a British movie or TV show without someone inviting someone else to sit down and, “Have a nice cup of tea.” All around the world, […]
May 4, 2015

Nine Nasty No-nos for Smart Global Leaders

As the world shrinks, leaders are expected to lead teams consisting of professional people living and working in cultures spread around the globe. As a result, inevitably and innocently, cultural […]
May 1, 2015

Align4Profit Wins for Leadership Excellence Again

Once again this year Align4Profit was awarded the Top 3 Leadership 500 Excellence award for Midsize Leadership Partner & Providers. For over 30 years, Leadership Excellence, now in association with […]
April 27, 2015

Why Leading Is Not About Winning

Yes, the university catalog cover you see below was a huge, insensitive, socially out-of-touch blunder. We don’t even have to go into the gender and racial insensitivity it conveys. But […]
April 20, 2015

13 Traits of Courageous Leaders

Courage can be obvious, as demonstrated by the firefighter who rushes into a burning building to save a life. But you don’t have to throw yourself on a grenade to […]
April 13, 2015

Sitting — How to Stop It from Killing You

First the bad news. We—that’s you, I, and most people—sit on average 9.3 hours a day. That’s more than we sleep, about 7.7 hours a day. We have to sleep, […]
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 […]
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 […]
March 23, 2015

Future Leaders. What’s in Store. (What’s a store?)

Future Leaders. What’s in Store. (What’s a store?) I hesitate to warn leaders about change, because change is, always has been, and always will be the rule. So what’s new? […]
May 19, 2014

Two Out of Five for Leadership Intimacy

Study after study has confirmed the connection between employee engagement and increased productivity, performance, and customer satisfaction, along with the reduction of absenteeism and turnover. Therefore any company that wants […]
May 12, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Reinforcement and Redirection

If you’ve read, Call & Response Coaching, you understand that leaders can and must influence and empower High Commitment and enable High Performance in two ways—with skillful Reinforcement and Redirection. […]
February 3, 2014

Four Critical Behaviors of Balanced Accountability

You’ve heard the adage, If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Something very similar applies with regard to Accountability. Namely, you are either driving too […]
July 15, 2013

Intimate Leadership Begins with an Accurate Self-Image

In my blog post Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword, I write about how your leadership assets can also work as liabilities. I advised you to balance the emphasis […]
July 8, 2013

Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword

Your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. This should not strike you as earth-shaking news. It’s the stuff of great stories and legends as well as real history. […]
May 13, 2013

You Are Because We Are

In the South African language Nguni, Ubuntu means “humanness.” Similar concepts appear in Botswana, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. In Western culture, a version appears as early as 1770 from the French […]