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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.

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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 […]
February 4, 2019
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The ROI of Better Conversations

Managers make the most difference when it comes to inspiring employee engagement. It’s their job to keep their employees engaged. Could your leaders do a better job of engaging their […]
January 28, 2019
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Doing more with less: The right limitations can boost team performance

Doing more with less seems to be a daily mantra in organizations operating at high speed these days. This is often viewed by my clients as a negative experience and […]
January 21, 2019

Are your leaders building come-as-you-are teams?

When we hear the term inclusion, I often find people’s eyes glaze over a little. There seem to be many different interpretations of the word. Some managers tend to think […]
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 9, 2018
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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 […]
January 18, 2018
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Say what? Compelling Conversations Are Key To Great Management

Your managers’ main job is getting work done through others. Excelling at that responsibility relies on the quality of the relationships they build, which is largely driven by the quality […]
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 2, 2016

How Great Leaders Motivate: 5 Ways to Communicate Powerfully

The ability to communicate powerfully is one of the most important skills a leader can develop and practice in order to motivate employees. To understand how to communicate powerfully, we […]
June 16, 2014

5 Ways to Use Your Words Wisely

“In the beginning was the Word…” writes John in his gospel, offering perhaps one of the most thought-provoking insights of all time, even outside of its religious context. It reminds […]
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 […]