Leadership Skills

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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July 12, 2016

How to Join the Ranks of Best Places to Work

A positive corporate culture can improve the performance of an organization by as much as 30 percent, according to James L. Heskett of Harvard University. And one of the best ways to determine whether or not you have a positive corporate culture is what your employees say about what it’s like to work there. Google, for example, has been in the top slot of the Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For for seven years in a row. This year […]
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 16, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Focus on your strengths

We ended our trip at the north perimeter of the Grand Canyon where fewer than a thousand visitors come a year. Then we said our farewells, having built strong bonds and experiencing many exhilarating moments together. I’m going to miss my trail companions, but I won’t forget the insights they gave me.
May 16, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: The Value of Effective Communication

You can imagine the interesting dynamics that take place when you gather a group of people and spend day and night together for several days. There are bound to be conflicts and differences of opinion. Leaders who master the art of understanding individual needs and wants and try to find common ground are the ones who build great teams.
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 […]
August 3, 2015

Urgent vs. Important Priorities

One of the most important leadership skills any leader can develop is managing priorities. In other words, using priorities to make yourself more productive. When you face many demands on your time, it’s important to understand that not everything can or should get done. It sounds like a simple enough statement, but unless you fully embrace it, you will tend to feel overwhelmed by your workload. And that can make you less productive and a less effective leader. The answer […]
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 warrant the attention and response of leaders around the world. She summarizes the gist of her research in her New York Times article, No Time to Be Nice at Work. Even though a growing number of people are disturbed by incivility, I’ve found that it has continued to climb over […]