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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
December 7, 2015

How to Achieve Leadership Balance of Power

We all come to leadership loaded with qualities and shortcomings. We call this unique combination of pluses and minuses personality. On a level we cannot always discern, personality determines whether we attract or repel the people we are charged with leading. It follows that we cannot effectively lead others effectively unless we effectively manage and lead ourselves. For the purpose of better understanding how personality or personal qualities and shortcomings affect the effectiveness of leaders, I’ve examined and identified six […]
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 […]
September 21, 2015

Imagine: A World Without Labels

It would be impossible to live without labels. From food labels to record labels, birth names to regal titles, labels help us navigate life. They enable us to communicate. Words, specifically nouns, serve as labels. We all have labels and use them. When we need medical attention, we look for someone labeled doctor. Leaky pipe? Call the plumber! In short, labels make it possible to live in an environment as complex as human society. But it’s not only possible to […]