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.

Read and enjoy. We welcome your comments!

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 […]
January 18, 2016

Six New Training Programs MakeEight Great Ways to Lead Better in 2016

Anyone familiar with Align4Profit must be familiar also with our popular leadership development programs—Leadership Attraction Powers and our consistently award-winning CoachQuest: Leader-as-Coach program. We stage both training programs as open-enrollment events and bring them into organizations. To ring in 2016 and to help you and your organization make it a banner year for great leadership, we are happy to introduce six new training programs.
January 4, 2016

Three Ways to Beat Anxiety with Optimism in 2016

Late last year researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign established a relationship between optimism and anxiety. Common sense would suggest, of course, that optimistic people suffer less anxiety, but the research shows that healthy, optimistic adults not only suffer less from anxiety but have a more optimal size of the brain area associated with anxiety disorders, the orbitofrontal cortex. In The Athlete’s Way, Christopher Bergland, an ultra-endurance athlete, asked the question, “Can being optimistic change the size of […]
December 21, 2015

Girl’s Christmas Question Prompts Lesson for Leaders

The most popular and most often reprinted newspaper editorial of all time, “Is There a Santa Claus?” appeared in The New York Sun in September of 1897. Written by Francis Pharcellus Church, it responded to a letter from an eight-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. I present Church’s inspirational response, below, not to debate if there is a Santa Claus, but rather to remind us, as leaders, to renew our beliefs. Belief in what? In order to overcome what Church calls […]
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 […]
January 5, 2015

4 Ways to Work More Efficiently in 2015

In the early days of the Internet, someone described the experience of dealing with all the newly available information as trying to drink water from a fire hose. And those were the early days—before smartphones, Twitter, and Facebook! Throughout 2015, just like last year, you will be bombarded with emails, texts, IMs, phone calls, and possibly demands from yet-to-be-developed forms of technology. The leaders I consult with tell me they desperately need a simple method for dealing with the tsunami […]
November 3, 2014

Small Wins Mean Bigger Grins

As often as you see success celebrated in victory laps, leaping athletes, parades, and street parties, it’s easy to forget that’s not the way success usually goes. Mounting the Olympic podium is reserved for few. The rest of us will succeed, but step by step, inch by inch, one day at a time. In their book The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins To Ignite Joy, Engagement And Creativity At Work wife-and-husband psychologists Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer celebrate the power […]
October 27, 2014

How Great Leaders Tell Compelling Stories

Compelling stories do a much better job of delivering a message than any other form of communication. Stories communicate meaning far more effectively and powerfully. Numbers and statistics can confirm claims. They have even been known to stretch the truth. But only stories can move people beyond logic and reason into the realm of emotion, conviction, and dedicated action. Storytelling does a better job of helping others understand who you are and what you stand for. They illustrate vision, teach […]
September 15, 2014

It’s Not a Contradiction When You See Both Sides

Some leaders don’t do well with contractions. You know who I mean. The “my way or the highway” type. Those command-and-control leaders, who think they have to be right all the time and think they’ve failed if they ever have to stand corrected. To help dispel the one-right-way myth, I’ve listed two columns of proverbs, below, under several leadership topics. As you read them, see if you agree with one or the other.