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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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May 12, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Intimate Connections

Today I met Mel, the founder and head honcho of the Three Parks Spectacular Ride. He created this amazing tour more than 30 years ago. He has also played various parts in 31 movies. A quiet and caring character, Mel has given me the nickname “Panther Fast.” Mel’s son Justin has now taken over the company. They inspired me to reflect on intimacy as Justin shared with me what his Mormon faith believes about strong family connections—the family unit having […]
May 11, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Create Awesome Experience

Yesterday I took the day off riding, but my knees did not want to cooperate. Instead of disappointment, however, I embraced a different kind of day than the one I had expected. We filled water tanks at a nearby farm, then I and a new friend drove quads up high on the Bryce Plateau. We got to experience spectacular views—snow and a beautiful red rock formation. My intention was to create an awesome experience for them. As I’m sure you […]
May 10, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Thankfulness

On the second morning of our horseback-riding adventure along the border between Utah and Arizona, I rose and shot this short video. Hear the birds and the stream, but best of all the supporting silence. The perfect sensations of peace and quiet are having a rejuvenating effect on me. This panorama might give you a better idea of the breathtaking beauty I’m encountering every day.
May 9, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Managing Millennials

As a boomer my research into developing and managing millennials is top of mind. Sitting here in Las Vegas, I realize we need to make space for millennials’ way of working. eagues do better than we boomers. Here are a few questions I asked myself this morning: Are you working with your Gen Y’s way of blending the lines between the traditional and modern clock? Are you making space for life within a predetermined work schedule? As you reflect on […]
May 8, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Breathing stress away

Before we even saddled up and hit the trail, I met Kaja Michelson. She offers 15-minute Skype sessions at no charge in which she helps you relax, reduce stress, and master your physical, emotional, and mental state with proper breathing. I thought I knew how to breathe until Kaja spent a few minutes with me. Afterwards I interviewed her, so that she could give you the gist of what she has to say about breathing stress away. Now take a […]
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 significant differences between coaching and mentoring in order to get the most out of each. Since both, when executed well, profoundly benefit your employees and your organization’s bottom line, it’s important to understand each and provide both. In the graphseen here, I’ve illustrated how coaching and mentoring each contribute to […]
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 differences cause misunderstanding. I can illustrate how easily this can happen with just a few examples. Below are nine gestures, expression, and behaviors that can get a leader into hot water. There are many, many more. But let’s start somewhere. Never give gifts in groups of four in China. Doing […]
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 if you missed the flap and want background on the original controversy, read Jessica Roy’s article “University Catalogue Cover Accidentally Becomes Perfect Metaphor for America” in New York magazine. As leaders, and especially readers of this blog, you certainly see just how widely the catalog editors missed the mark in […]
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 […]