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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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December 11, 2017

Help your managers set high-quality goals for 2018

Help your managers set high-quality goals for 2018 Research shows that 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, while only 8% are successful in in achieving them. Around this time of the year and into early the new year, your leaders will be working with their employees to set goals. Hopefully your managers and employees will partner to write SMART goals. If you want to really help your leaders succeed in developing actionable goals this year, encourage your leaders to […]
September 18, 2017

Six Solid Reasons to Engage Align4Profit

Six Solid Reasons to Engage Align4Profit If you’ve ever been tempted to assume that all leadership development approaches are basically the same, you’re right. And wrong. True. Around the middle of the 20th century, organizations began approaching leadership as something people can be trained to do and do well. So since then the practices of leadership development have evolved into a wealth of best practices. Providers of these best practices, therefore, must distinguish themselves in the way they deliver leadership […]
June 19, 2017

High Commitment and High Performance — Striking the Balance

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 […]
November 14, 2016

Five Keys to Artful Communication

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 […]
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 […]
January 26, 2015

It Takes Three Whats to Make Leadership Training Last

The question is often asked, Why do so many leadership development initiatives fail? The answer involves three more questions. What? So what? and Now What? I’ve never heard of leadership training that failed to convey worthwhile information. So the failure is never about what is taught or what is learned. I don’t think any leadership development trainer serves up false information. Nor have I met a leader who doesn’t know enough about leadership. In Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately […]
March 11, 2013

Coaching Leadership Checklist

Almost half the working population, according to one source I found, moves on to another job because of the poor training they feel they’ve received from their employers. So if you’re going to train your team, make sure you give them training they will find worthwhile and, more importantly, training that sticks. Most trainees find training helpful. They come back with practical tools and techniques. But that’s where the problem begins, back on the job. If the training doesn’t include […]
December 3, 2012

4 Dimensions of Leadership Coaching Excellence

We live in 4 dimensions—three dimensions of space and one of time. It should be no surprise then that coaching has as many dimensions. Whatever goals you pursue, if you want to achieve the kind of Leadership Intimacy that fosters high commitment and high performance, I suggest that you take each dimension of coaching as far as you can, to its limit.
November 5, 2012

A Seven-Point Definition of Coaching

Think back to any college 101 course you’ve ever taken. I’ll bet it began with definitions. The reason: many words have more than one meaning. Often a word means something entirely different in everyday conversation than it does in a professional discipline. Hang around professional dog breeders and you’ll hear them casually refer to their females animals with a word none of us would use in polite conversation. Scientist use the word theory when they talk about the most well […]
October 8, 2012

Feel. Think. Act. Talk. like a Coach

You’ve noticed, I’m sure, that in many ways, people act out the roles they play as professionals. At the risk of encouraging stereotypes, I think it’s safe to say that ballet dancers act like ballet dancers. Plumbers have a way about them. So do doctors and brand managers. Firefighters, too, have jargon all their own, a firefighter walk, a firefighter attitude. To do anything well, you have to do it the way other effective people do it. So it goes […]
June 11, 2012

Good News/Bad News for HR Executives

First the bad news: Research says corporations spend between 2 and 10 percent of employee compensation on leadership development and get mediocre results. Another study says that only 35 percent of HR directors and 21 percent of other executives believe that their current training and development programs meet corporate strategic objectives. Hold on, it gets worse. Between 75 and 80 percent of today’s workforce is not engaged. That means even though they’re in the office moving paper, their hearts just […]