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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May 6, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Packing my slacks

I’m about to head west on a week-long trek over rugged terrain on the back of a horse. Along the way I will share my observations on how such a spectacular change of scenery affects my outlook on life and leadership. As I get ready to leave, here’s what I already know. When you unplug and free yourself from life’s everyday stresses, especially doing a little strenuous physical exercise, your come back focused and sharp. It’s always worked this way […]
May 2, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: 5 Ways to Communicate Powerfully

The ability to communicate powerfully is one of the most important skills a leader can develop and practice in order to motivate employees. To understand how to communicate powerfully, we first have to understand something about communication. Communication has been defined all sorts of ways. That’s because we can identify all manner of communication between people. Let’s define communication as it pertains to motivating employees. Communication is the process of exchanging information that affects relationships between people.
April 18, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: Set Stretch Goals

How do you motivate your employees? Do you demand, cajole, threaten, plead? Or do you use the carrot-and-stick approach—reward success and punish failure? None of these approaches works. That is, none of them will work for every employee or for any employee for very long. More importantly, none creates the kind of workplace experience today’s employees seek. nsic motivation. Research from the past decade has uncovered what great leaders do to create a workplace environment that motivates. Among the discoveries […]
March 28, 2016

Ignore the Experts

Expert opinion has built up a long rap sheet of error, ranging from amusing misdemeanors to flagrant acts of ignorance. I’ve collected a long list of expert error, which is fun but also sad to review. Here are just of few of the most glaring errors from people who have risen to the level of expert. As you read them, consider how expert biases may affect you at work. The talking motion picture will not supplant the regular silent motion […]
March 17, 2016

Are the most popular leadership traits masculine or feminine?

When we talk about the most effective leadership traits, our clients often ask us if these traits apply to both male and female leaders. Our frequent answer is, “Of course they do. Does it really matter?” The real question to ask and answer is, “What are the critical leadership traits necessary to create an awesome employee experience?” Organizations and individual leaders ask masculine-feminine questions because, as more and more women enter the ranks of leadership with a variety of different […]
March 23, 2015

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? You’re familiar with change. Right? Well, actually, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The change coming will demand that future leaders discard almost everything they know about leadership. Today’s best practices will provide as much utility as yesterday’s carbon paper. In terms of social and technological change, we are poised at the second half of the chessboard, according to […]
March 2, 2015

Mending the Madness of Multitasking

Among the 25 million meetings that take place in the US every day, 92 percent of the participants engage in some form multitasking such as texting, checking emails, or eating. As many as 41 percent multitask all the time. Which would be fine if multitasking made people more productive. In fact, it does the opposite. A very informative infographic, The High Cost Of Multitasking vividly illustrates the madness of multitasking. A study at Stanford University goes so far as to […]
February 16, 2015

4 Kinds of Clarity to Improve How You Delegate

Leaders have to delegate. They decide who does what work and how much. In a competitive marketplace, success goes to those who produce most efficiently. You want your teams to get as much done at the highest level of excellence. What do you do when they don’t? When the work you assign does not meet the standards you’ve set, do you assume that your employees have failed? Or do you consider improving the way you delegate? In my experience, poor […]
January 19, 2015

Leadership Intimacy: Give the Man a Fish Already!

Rather than apply one kind of solution to all employees in need of help, Leadership Intimacy requires you to address the individual needs of each. To use an old proverb, rather than deliver leadership training that treats all executives as if they were all expert anglers or clumsy line-tanglers, Leadership Intimacy requires you to offer them solutions such as CoachQuest, Custom In-house, or Team Alignement programs that work on exactly what each leader needs. I was reminded of this when […]