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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!

September 18, 2017

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 development solutions. And that’s exactly what […]
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 […]
May 16, 2016

Helanie on Horseback: Focus on your strengths

We ended our trip at the north perimeter of the Grand Canyon where fewer than a thousand visitors come a year. Then we said our farewells, having built strong bonds and experiencing many exhilarating moments together. I’m going to miss my trail companions, but I won’t forget the insights they gave me.
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.