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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 […]
August 12, 2013

Real Feedback Creates Really Great Leaders

Why do leaders accept mediocre performance and allow their team members and peers to continue their normal dysfunctional behavior? It’s not an easy question to answer, because the answer resides in the hearts and deep psychological make up of the people involved. But I know that real feedback can solve the problem. But first, leaders have to stop avoiding real feedback with the kinds of excuses illustrated below. I so often witness, spoken or unspoken, the countless ways managers do […]
August 5, 2013

Mediocrity Kills Great Leadership

“Tyranny of Incrementalism will kill organizations.” —Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas Most organizations and leaders resort to incremental change. Instead of following through with all the deliberate practices required of an intimate leader in order to implement full and sustainable change, too many simply: Make modest adjustments that will maintain the status quo under the same overall patterns Do not question the fundamental assumptions on which management is based Do not change any of the key elements of the company’s […]
July 29, 2013

How to Eliminate 14 Motivation Roadblocks

A leader’s job, as I’ve said many times, is to drive accountability and motivate engagement — the kind of accountability and engagement that deliver High Commitment and High Performance. I spend a lot of time describing how to do this, what behavior to model, and what skills to use. Now after considering a list of ten motivational drivers, I’ve decided to create my own list of at least as many motivational roadblocks that need to be eliminated in many organizations. […]
July 22, 2013

4 Steps Toward Executive Maturity

Today’s best companies are searching for leadership talent that can act with executive maturity. What does that mean? For one thing, executive maturity is the opposite of reacting emotionally, that is, without thinking. Intimate leadership enables today’s management teams to empower and enrich relationships between co-workers, colleagues, and even customers. Being an intimate leader means that you maintain excellent control of emotional responses in a variety of scenarios. All of us stock an inventory of automatic responses in our response […]
July 8, 2013

Don’t Cut Yourself with Your Double-Edged Sword

Your greatest strength can also be your greatest weakness. This should not strike you as earth-shaking news. It’s the stuff of great stories and legends as well as real history. Many of our greatest leaders in literature and real life rise by merit of an outstanding quality only to fall because of the same trait. That’s why, as you grow into great leadership, I would like you to consider the flip side of your personal qualities and behavior. Your assets, […]
June 24, 2013

Use Environmental Reminders to Lead More Effectively

I’m not going to tell you my password, but I’ll give you a clue. It’s a reminder to me, from me, to work on one of my leadership development challenges—a skill, attitude, or behavior I want to improve. In this way, every time I open my laptop computer, I not only have to think about what I want to change, I have to write it. No way I’m going to forget my good intentions when I use this very effective […]