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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.

Read and enjoy. We welcome your comments!

June 19, 2017

High Commitment and High Performance — Striking the Balance

Navigating between the poles of profit and people or returns and trust is at the center of every leader’s job. However, urged on by the demand for performance and results in tough economic times, leaders have placed more emphasis on High Performance or driving accountability over High Commitment or motivating engagement. In response, some leadership models have attempted to correct this over-emphasis by advocating more vehemently for engagement. Either approach has had limited success. But when balanced and executed properly, […]
November 14, 2016

Five Keys to Artful Communication

Some leaders are very good at bringing up topics in conversation and coaching. Even difficult or sensitive topics seem to be easy for them to openly bring to the table. When a conversation is in full force, they keep the objective in focus. They listen and drive judiciously to mutually agreed-upon resolutions. Then they gain heartfelt commitment by achieving mutual understanding and agreement and by focusing on personal interests. Finally, they follow-through to ensure that commitments become action. With a […]
November 7, 2016

3 x 3 Engagement: The key to your next career move

What happened the last time you ran into one of your higher-ups in the hallway or on an elevator? Chances are they said something along the lines of, “Hello, how are you?” What was your reply? A standard, “Fine. Thanks. Busy. How are you?”? Maybe you commented on your favorite sports team or the weather. “Hot enough for you?” Or did you open the door to a mutually beneficial encounter? It’s not always easy to quickly and effectively engage anyone […]
September 6, 2016

Is Low Trust in the Way of Your Awesome Workplace?

I’m sure you, like most corporate executives, understand the benefits of having happier employees and fostering workplaces where employees enjoy their work: Higher profits, hotter brands, top talent, higher performance, devoted employees, loyal customers… The challenge you may face is making happier happen. Instead of listing the ten or so things you can do and must do to create a culture that engenders awesome workplace experiences, let me help you uncover and eliminate the number-one obstacle that gets in the […]
July 12, 2016

How to Join the Ranks of Best Places to Work

A positive corporate culture can improve the performance of an organization by as much as 30 percent, according to James L. Heskett of Harvard University. And one of the best ways to determine whether or not you have a positive corporate culture is what your employees say about what it’s like to work there. Google, for example, has been in the top slot of the Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For for seven years in a row. This year […]
February 9, 2015

4 Ways to Ace the Culture-Results Balancing Act

Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001 is known for driving performance. One of the most praised corporate leaders in the world, Welch increased GE’s net earnings from approximately $14 billion to $500 billion during his reign. I say “reign,” because Welch was also known for his imperial presence, a workforce-reduction method dubbed “rank and yank,” and his defense of his “public hanging” firing style. All three of these terms unfairly disparage the legendary […]
July 28, 2014

3 Reasons Not to Use Forced Ranking Systems

Everything we do for our clients at Align4Profit aims at creating cultures of High Commitment that also produce results-driven High Performance. We believe it’s the only combination that works for long-term growth in an organization. By that I mean, it’s the only way you and your organization can ensure a sustainable focus on people and profit. DAME The challenge is to hit what we call the DAME sweet spot—the intersection and situational balance of Driving Accountability (DA) and Motivating Engagement […]