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.

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October 14, 2019

How to leverage progress in habit development

We’ve looked at the first two stages of building good habits — Preparation and Activation. Now for the final stage, in which we focus on rewards, measure results, reward success, […]
September 30, 2019

How to activate good-habit development

Now that we’ve looked at the Preparation stage of building better habits, let’s see what it takes to Activate good habits, the second step in the Preparation, Activation, and Progress […]
September 16, 2019

How to prepare for building good habits

Most of what we do every day may feel like decision making, but at least half of our actions are habitual. Our habits develop from responding to cues that, over […]
August 12, 2019

Failure — the heartbeat of success

Nobody wants to fail. I get it. Yet when I talk to people who have achieved noteworthy success, they all acknowledge the important role that failure played in their success. […]
July 29, 2019

Set Your Mind on Success

Think of your mind as a device such as a smartphone that you can control. In a way, it is. You can make adjustments to your device settings — choose […]
July 15, 2019

Listening with Ting

Leaders become more effective when they listen, really listen. You know your leaders have been really listening when the people they lead feel that they are being not just heard […]
May 27, 2019
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4 Ways to build Resilience when you travel

I travel a lot for business, and when I travel, I always find time to explore my environment. It builds resilience. What’s the point of going to a new place, […]
May 13, 2019

Better 1:1 Questions on Progress

Now that we’ve looked at questions on Relatedness, Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose, let’s consider questions that focus on the final facet of the RAMPP model — Progress. Nobody likes to […]
April 29, 2019

Better 1:1 Questions on Purpose

Now that we’ve looked at the Questions on Relatedness, Autonomy, and Mastery, let’s consider questions that focus on the fourth facet of the RAMPP model — Purpose. Purpose is achieved […]
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 […]
January 23, 2018
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Bring it Up!

The skill leads to better performance. One could suggest, among the variety of definitions of leadership, that leadership is made up of a series of conversations with peers, managers, team […]
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 […]
May 12, 2014

4 Ups! Model of effective communication

Listen Up! As part of our ongoing leadership-development research at Align4Profit, we collect data from the participants in our programs and conduct interviews with leaders at all levels in multiple […]
April 21, 2014

Follow it Up! Conscientiously to Guarantee Progress

To Follow it Up! means more than checking up on the progress of your employees. It means to inspect what you expect, yes, but so much more. While many organizations […]
April 14, 2014

Wrap it Up! Clearly with 5 Ws and 1 H

It takes bold accountability to wrap up coaching conversations properly. And by “properly” I don’t mean for you to follow some prescribed or artificial way. Even though I prescribe specific […]
April 7, 2014

Talk it Up! Candidly with 3 kinds of questions

Anyone can talk. Very few people will remain quiet when asked for their observations. But we listen and come back only to those whose observations we find worthwhile. You can […]