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!

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving for Leaders

It’s no secret that many leaders, especially women, push themselves too hard these days. We drive ourselves to the brink before we step back to breathe. Many of us fail to see the danger such drive might be doing to ourselves. We get so involved with succeeding at everything we do that the danger signals fail to get our attention. In response, I present you with the following video, put together by WSFM radio in Sydney, Australia. It gives you […]
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 […]
November 2, 2015

Emotional Intelligence: Why Relationships Always Trump Skills.

Here’s a fact that should be obvious, but some leaders tend to overlook it and fail to address it. Humans are emotionally driven. There’s no getting around it. When deciding what to do, your brain gives more weight to how you feel about what to do rather than what you think you should do. Emotion influences and drives our moods, our decisions, and our behavior. That goes for all of us. Which is why healthy emotional relationships make for successful […]
October 19, 2015

WARNING: Don’t Try to Lead Without Ikigai

According to the Japanese concept of ikigai, everyone needs a reason for living. The French call it “raison d’être.” Literally “reason to be.” But no matter how you say it, you cannot lead without it. Every leader needs a reason for living and leading. At Align4Profit we have always insisted that every leader we train come to our program with a Leadership Credo. That’s because, before you can lead anyone, you have to know yourself, believe in yourself, and lead […]
October 5, 2015

Six Questions that Engage Employees

One of the most disheartening statistics for leaders concerns employee engagement. Only 13 percent of people employed around the world are fully engaged. As many as 24 percent, actively disengaged Marshall Goldsmith, a best-selling author and executive coach, offers a simple shift in focus, backed by disciplined research, to help leaders engage employees more effectively. Of all the approaches to increasing employee engagement I’ve come across, Goldsmith’s simple shift in focus from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation makes the most […]
August 25, 2014

Cap Bad Habits with CHAP

Working with Emotional Intelligence at Align4Profit has brought us success in helping leaders break habits. We begin by working with the three fundamental elements of habit—Cue, Action, and Pay-off (CAP). Habitual behavior is set off by a stimulus or Cue, which triggers an unthinking response or Action, for which you receive a reward or Pay-off. Every time anyone completes such a cycle, the bad habit is reinforced by making the response more automatic and immediate.
July 14, 2014

16 Team Alignment Challenges You Can Solve

Unfortunately, strong and healthy team alignment is rare. But it’s not only possible to achieve, it’s absolutely within your reach. If your teams are perfectly aligned, you don’t need to read any further. If you’re not sure how well aligned they are, go through the following 16 Team Alignment Challenges. Perfectly aligned teams suffer none of these complaints and conditions. We are all working hard but pulling in different directions We suffer from low trust and poor team dynamics Our […]
February 6, 2014

More dollars for training means great gains for you!

When Forbes reports Spending on Corporate Training Soars: Employee Capabilities Now A Priority, leaders everywhere should at the very least start to consider scheduling leadership training dates. Karen O’ Leonard, author of the Factbook series, Bersin by Deloitte’s popular benchmarking studies in human resources, has just completed The Corporate Learning Factbook 2014: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market. In her report we learn that corporations across the world are making the smart investment decision to put more […]
January 20, 2014

Nine Ways to Make Every Minute Count

Ask anyone who has lost money, they’ll tell you it’s not a very rewarding experience. But time, we would all agree, is so much more valuable than money. Your life is not just measured in time, it is time. And when you waste time, you throw away part of your life. Even worse, you can work and get your money back. But time lost is lost forever. And nothing has value outside of time. You can have the greatest home, […]