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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.

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May 12, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Intimate Connections

Today I met Mel, the founder and head honcho of the Three Parks Spectacular Ride. He created this amazing tour more than 30 years ago. He has also played various parts in 31 movies. A quiet and caring character, Mel has given me the nickname “Panther Fast.” Mel’s son Justin has now taken over the company. They inspired me to reflect on intimacy as Justin shared with me what his Mormon faith believes about strong family connections—the family unit having […]
May 11, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Create Awesome Experience

Yesterday I took the day off riding, but my knees did not want to cooperate. Instead of disappointment, however, I embraced a different kind of day than the one I had expected. We filled water tanks at a nearby farm, then I and a new friend drove quads up high on the Bryce Plateau. We got to experience spectacular views—snow and a beautiful red rock formation. My intention was to create an awesome experience for them. As I’m sure you […]
May 10, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Thankfulness

On the second morning of our horseback-riding adventure along the border between Utah and Arizona, I rose and shot this short video. Hear the birds and the stream, but best of all the supporting silence. The perfect sensations of peace and quiet are having a rejuvenating effect on me. This panorama might give you a better idea of the breathtaking beauty I’m encountering every day.
May 9, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Managing Millennials

As a boomer my research into developing and managing millennials is top of mind. Sitting here in Las Vegas, I realize we need to make space for millennials’ way of working. eagues do better than we boomers. Here are a few questions I asked myself this morning: Are you working with your Gen Y’s way of blending the lines between the traditional and modern clock? Are you making space for life within a predetermined work schedule? As you reflect on […]
May 8, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Breathing stress away

Before we even saddled up and hit the trail, I met Kaja Michelson. She offers 15-minute Skype sessions at no charge in which she helps you relax, reduce stress, and master your physical, emotional, and mental state with proper breathing. I thought I knew how to breathe until Kaja spent a few minutes with me. Afterwards I interviewed her, so that she could give you the gist of what she has to say about breathing stress away. Now take a […]
March 31, 2014

Bring it Up! Courageously to avoid the Ugly Downside

It takes guts to deal with issues that tie a knot in your stomach. It takes courage to confront the people involved in those issues. But the rewards of resolving issues and helping employees meet your expectations more than make up for the difficulty. And as you get the hang of it, you’ll find it just gets easier and easier find the courage to Bring it Up! Some leaders are very good at introducing topics in conversation and coaching. Even […]
March 24, 2014

Help us with the 4 Ups! Survey

It’s a fact: frequent, open, honest, and candid communication is essential to organizational health. Yet in my practice, far to many clients complain that it just doesn’t happen. I’d like to understand better why some leaders have problems communicating. So I am surveying leaders all around the world to find out. Help me solve this problem You can help me by taking a simple, two-question survey. I will use the results to attempt to answer the following questions:
March 17, 2014

Where Do You Stand on the Feedback Staircase?

Great leaders understand that if they want their employees to improve, they have to give each one honest, direct, and timely feedback. And the same goes for leaders. To improve, you have to seek out and welcome feedback from your manager, your peers, and your employees. In my paper Breakfast of Champions, I offer steps to take to improve the way you receive feedback. Here I’d like to take you step by step through each step on what I call […]
January 6, 2014

Get REAL to Communicate with Millennials

I want to bring in the New Year by focusing your attention on the newest people in your organization. Specifically the challenge of how to communicate with millennials. Your leaders are older than your youngest hires. Sometimes a generation older. Your younger professionals, whether they you call them Generation Y or Millennials, tend to be less effective communicators, some would say. That’s fine, they are not your leaders yet. You have time to help them communicate more effectively. But that’s […]