Helanie Scott

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.

January 14, 2019
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The top topic on the leadership agenda – team effectiveness!

It’s been said, that you are the sum total of the five people you hang around with. Who do you spend most of your time with at work? Do they […]
January 7, 2019

Who are you, when you’re at your BEST?

Are you more creative, more productive, or a better teammate when you are at your best? Imagine operating at your level best for the best part of this year. Let’s […]
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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]
April 17, 2019
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Better 1:1 Questions on Mastery

Your leaders can improve their questioning process by improving their observations during the questioning conversation with three kinds of follow-up questions after each initial question. Queries that examine, clarify, and […]
April 1, 2019
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Better 1:1 Questions to spark the motivation of Autonomy

As I explain in How to Ask Intimate Questions, when you pose sincere questions that address specific issues of concern to your employees, you demonstrate your interest and concern for […]
March 18, 2019
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The Power of 1:1 Conversations

One-on-ones are a great way to check in with employees, encourage higher performance, and foster higher engagement. They provide a perfect opportunity to meet employees’ needs. When managers meet their […]
March 4, 2019
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Rumination Ruins Performance

Rumination can be the ruination of even the most effective leaders. Leaders who dwell too much on the mistakes they make or on events that set them back are ruminating. […]
February 18, 2019
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Kairos for leaders

Great leaders and effective managers have all learned to capitalize on moments that matter. In The Three Questions, the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy instructs readers that there is only […]
February 11, 2019
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The Three Questions

Adapted from the story by Leo Tolstoy A certain king proclaimed throughout his kingdom that he would give a great reward to anyone who would teach him what was the […]