Align4Profit Leadership Development Blog

Leadership development may be the most important activity in any organization. In my quest to helping men and women become more and more effective leaders, I share weekly articles that are a quick read with a promise to give your leaders actionable tips they can implement immediately.

It’s my goal to share my experience together with candid and pragmatic advice founded on deep research.

Read and enjoy! To make sure you don’t miss any updates, let me send you a weekly article to your email.

March 9, 2018
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Align4Profit Wins Top Leadership Partner Award

LEAD2018 goes to CoachQuest We have just learned that once again our CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach program has earned a LEAD2018 award under the Top Leadership Partner category by HR.com. The LEAD2018 […]
February 5, 2018
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How to Share Feedback Effectively

It’s one of the most critical job of any leader. Whether working with a colleague, direct report, or even with your boss, every manager needs to know how to provide […]
February 2, 2018

Develop an Inclusive Organizational Culture

Using Ubuntu as your guide. In 1993 when I left South Africa to move to the U.S., the country was transitioning to a free democracy after years of apartheid. With […]
February 1, 2018

Are your leaders embracing the diverse work styles on their teams?

Diversity goes beyond race and gender. It also includes thinking, learning, and communication styles. More importantly, your managers are charged to create an organizational culture where differences are embraced, so […]
January 31, 2018

Create an inclusive corporate culture through Leadership Intimacy

Building a truly inclusive environment does not happen overnight. Much like building relationships take place over a longer period of time. Leadership Intimacy means to be known by and to […]
January 29, 2018
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Let’s deepen and widen the conversation of diversity and inclusion

And bring about real change in your organization. We have all read the research that confirms the organizational benefits of diversity. Your leaders know that diverse teams and organizations are […]
January 26, 2018

Good Managers Are Diligent About Following Up on Agreements

It’s just one part of being skilled at leading Compelling Conversations And in order to lead Compelling Conversations, your managers must become exceptional at the 4 Ups!. That means they: […]
January 25, 2018
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Taking Action Is a Key Indicator of Compelling Conversations

Are your leaders leading with Compelling Conversations? In a series of posts on my 4 Ups! model (Bring it Up! Talk it Up! Wrap it Up! and Follow it Up!) […]
January 24, 2018
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Leading Is Talking

But talking is much more than making conversation. Think of your workplace and count the astounding number of conversations, debates, disagreement, negotiations, and feedback discussions that take place daily, monthly, […]
January 23, 2018
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Bring it Up!

The skill leads to better performance. One could suggest, among the variety of definitions of leadership, that leadership is made up of a series of conversations with peers, managers, team […]
January 22, 2018
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What do good managers do once the meeting is over?

We love to hate meetings. But since they aren’t going away any time soon, we should think of ways to make them more effective. It can be challenging to keep […]
January 21, 2018
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Ugh! Another dreaded meeting to attend!

Too many meetings drag on without participants discussing the real problems. People talk around the important issues, check their mobile devices, introduce unrelated topics, and so on — which all […]
January 18, 2018
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Say what? Compelling Conversations Are Key To Great Management

Your managers’ main job is getting work done through others. Excelling at that responsibility relies on the quality of the relationships they build, which is largely driven by the quality […]
January 18, 2018
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Failing to plan effective meetings means you might be planning to fail

If you were to evaluate your managers on running effective meetings, what would success look like? One of my clients is a healthcare organization with 50,000+ employees who never fails […]
January 17, 2018
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Poor meetings cost an average of $37 billion in the U.S.

Every day 83 million people attend 11.5 million meetings. Meetings are an essential part of corporate life. Yet far too often, time is wasted in meetings that are unnecessary, poorly […]
January 18, 2018
leadership attraction powers

Say what? Compelling Conversations Are Key To Great Management

Your managers’ main job is getting work done through others. Excelling at that responsibility relies on the quality of the relationships they build, which is largely driven by the quality […]
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 […]
June 1, 2015

Six Ways to Gain Discretionary Effort

The difference between the effort an employee can invest in their work and the minimum effort they have to invest in order to keep their job is called Discretionary Effort. […]
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 […]
February 2, 2015

Playfulness: The power of play in the workplace

How many times have you seen an interview in which a movie star, a sports hero, or a hugely successful person sums up their passion for what they do with, […]
February 24, 2014

Why and How Engagement Improves Profit

Our ongoing research consistently tells us that Engagement, one of the Six Leadership Attraction Powers, is the the lifeblood of coaching effectiveness. When leaders regularly engage employees in feedback in […]