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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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 […]
September 7, 2015

Passion or Service. How do you labor?

Young people have asked me, “What should I do with my talents? Should I go into management, sales, science, academia…?” Recently a very gifted leader confessed that she was seriously considering accepting an invitation to sing in a heavy metal band. I advised her to continue seriously considering. As always, I stopped at “seriously considering” and did not tell her to “go for it.” That’s up to her. However, I did tell her to consider whether her management talents or […]
August 31, 2015

Zen Attention: Understanding vs. Responding

If you are not familiar with Zen, a school of Buddhism, you may have at least encountered one or two paradoxical Zen koans like, What is the sound of one hand clapping? Such quirky questions, called koans, are meant to help one get into the Zen state of mind, a state of enlightenment that promises to provide greater understanding and peace of mind. After understanding yourself, understanding others is essential to Leadership Intimacy. We certainly could use a lot more […]
August 17, 2015

Time to play Intimacy Bingo!

I’m your host, Helanie Scott, and this is the game that measures just how intimate you might be as a leader. I say “might,” because Intimacy Bingo is not a scientific instrument. It’s Bingo. Okay, it’s not really Bingo, but you play it very much like Bingo. Best of all, when you win, you can yell, “Bingo!” Let’s begin! Everything you need to play Intimacy Bingo you’ll find the in Intimacy Bingo Kit. Download it, read the instructions, and print […]
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 […]
January 13, 2014

3 Lessons in Mode Management

Have you ever referred to someone by the way they behave—shy, aggressive, or studious? Do you think of aggressive, for example, as that person’s personality? That’s a rather limiting way to identify someone, isn’t it? Try thinking of a person’s behavior in terms of modes. Think of your behavior the same way. I know someone who is assertive in a masterful way at work but almost the opposite at home and among her friends. Clearly her assertiveness would be described […]
December 16, 2013

The How and Why of High Engagement

How many people work in your organization? If you answered with a percentage, such as, “About half,” then you understand the question. Let me put it this way, What percentage of your workforce is fully engaged? I’ve seen all kinds of numbers over the years bemoaning engagement percentages that hover around 30 percent. The “about half” quip, above, actually represents what I generally see as the percentage of those workers who have effectively checked out, who come to work to […]
October 14, 2013

15 Questions Every CEO Needs to Answer

Great leadership consistently and effectively sets direction, creates alignment, gains commitment, and drives accountability. With this kind of leadership, your organization is either on top of your competition or will soon be there. If you think your leadership might have room for improvement, I offer a number of questions to help gauge just how much room there is. If you like, you can score your organization’s leadership. I’ll have some recommendations based on your scores following the questions. Scoring your […]
October 7, 2013

How you can be seen as a confident, intelligent, dependable leader

In studies by Cameron Anderson of UC Berkeley published in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, researchers have come up with some interesting insights into how and why some people take the lead in newly formed groups. In short, the people who lead are those who take the lead. But we can also find some deeper lessons in leadership in the details of the experiments. How leaders emerge in groups When researchers assigned subjects to group exercises, the men […]