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.

December 10, 2018
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How Happiness Works Wonders in Your Workplace

“When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you,” goes the old song. Those lyrics may exaggerate the effects of happiness, but we all know that happiness is contagious. Scientific […]
December 3, 2018
bicycle coachquest cycle

Cycle your way into the only sustainable coaching style

What’s missing from the way your leaders coach? Let me repeat the question. What’s missing from the way your leaders coach? The answer is iteration — the CoachQuest Cycle of […]
November 12, 2018

Intimate coaching is the way forward for managers

In our CoachQuest program for developing leaders as coaches, we teach managers the process of coaching to: Be intimate and better understand themselves and others, adapting their style to influence […]
November 5, 2018
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What’s the Why of How Your Leaders Lead?

What gives leaders authority? What makes people want to follow leaders? Certainly it’s not their title. Plenty of leaders with lofty titles fail to gain the respect from others that […]
July 13, 2018
Collaborative Decision Analysis

How Teams Can Make Better Decisions — Collaboratively

When making significantly more valuable decisions, leaders need to harness the collective wisdom of a team. But that’s just the beginning. They must also consider more options than initially envisioned, […]
July 11, 2018
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Make Better Decisions — Learn from the Science

Before your managers harness the collective wisdom of a team to make good collaborative team decisions, help them reflect on their own decision-making. Every leader makes about 35,000 decisions daily […]
July 9, 2018
Doing Business Globally

Communication Mastery in a Multicultural World

To be effective influencers, leaders must take stock of the subtle messages being passed around the globally diverse team table. In international teams with diverse perspectives and unique views, your […]
July 6, 2018
Doing Business Globally

What will it take to be a great leader in the future?

Heck, what does it take to lead today? The timeless core aspects of leadership, such as setting direction, engaging employees, and holding them accountable while influencing others remain. More and […]
July 2, 2018
raising emotional intelligence

Train Your Brain on Happiness and Become 31% More Productive

Raising Emotional Intelligence is about developing the human side of your professional life. We all strive for success and every time our brains experience success, we change the image of […]
June 29, 2018
raising emotional intelligence

How Can You Build Your Capacity for Empathy?

To retain the best and brightest, leaders and managers need to re-engage their employees consistently. Empathy is an Emotionally Intelligent (EI) behavior that can fast-track employee engagement and productivity by […]
June 27, 2018
raising emotional intelligence

Achievement Orientation Is an Emotionally Intelligent Behavior

In a previous blog post, Emotional Intelligence (EI) Is Not Only About Being Nice, I shared that managers with high levels of EI operate in the sweet spot. By that […]
June 25, 2018
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Triggers and Adaptive Behaviors

We’ve all got triggers — those situations, people, or moods that trigger us into reacting less than appropriately to an issue. Our amygdala (part of our brain) triggers emotions faster […]
June 22, 2018
raising emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Is Not Only About Being Nice

At the core of leadership today, your leaders need the skills to embrace ambiguity, be agile, yet stay focused, and pay close attention to the complexity of business. Leaders need […]
June 20, 2018
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Drive High Levels of Accountability in Your Teams

We all want to work in an environment where all our teammates perform well and deliver on their commitments. So what can your managers do to foster accountability with employees? […]
June 17, 2018
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Moments of Silence Can Lead to More Accountability

Instead of taking accountability for a challenging situation at work, we often complain about our circumstances or vent our frustrations. That takes us away from self-reflection and we avoid self-examination. […]
June 1, 2018
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Establishing a Feedback-rich Culture Makes Any Company Better

Why then are so many companies struggling to foster a culture of feedback? We believe many managers still lack the skills, knowledge, or courage to provide people with direct, high-quality, […]
June 1, 2018
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Providing Tough Feedback Doesn’t Need to Be Terrifying

Giving someone constructive criticism can be stressful especially when the feedback is challenging. At the same time providing redirecting feedback to employees can improve performance, enhance commitment, and show care […]
June 1, 2018
safety

A 4 step-process to create psychological safety during feedback.

In order to effectively influence others, it is essential to communicate in a way that ensures involvement and commitment. Barbara Fredrickson at the University of North Carolina has found that […]
July 27, 2015

12 Ways to Give Great Feedback

Too often feedback afflicts both managers and employees with fear and loathing—the fear of an upcoming feedback session and the loathing that follows. All of it unnecessary. Keeping ten positive […]
August 4, 2014

4 Reasons for Feedback from Multiple Sources

Feedback from multiple sources is always more reliable than any one source. Especially when the feedback conflicts with what someone already believes to be true. For example, if one person […]
June 9, 2014

One Feedback Style Does Not Fit All

Only when leaders intimately understand each of the people they lead can they personalize their feedback style according to what works best for each. People don’t like to be generalized. […]