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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
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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. […]
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 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 […]
March 2, 2015

Mending the Madness of Multitasking

Among the 25 million meetings that take place in the US every day, 92 percent of the participants engage in some form multitasking such as texting, checking emails, or eating. […]
June 2, 2014

The 6 Ps of Powerfully Productive Meetings

As I consult with companies around the world, I hear over and over complaints about meetings, as if they were the bane of the workplace. They often are, but they […]