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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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 […]
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 […]
February 2, 2018
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Develop an Inclusive Organizational Culture

Using Ubuntu as your guide. In 1993 when I left South Africa to move to the U.S., the country was transitioning to a free democracy after years of apartheid. With […]
February 1, 2018
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Are your leaders embracing the diverse work styles on their teams?

Diversity goes beyond race and gender. It also includes thinking, learning, and communication styles. More importantly, your managers are charged to create an organizational culture where differences are embraced, so […]
January 31, 2018
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Create an inclusive corporate culture through Leadership Intimacy

Building a truly inclusive environment does not happen overnight. Much like building relationships take place over a longer period of time. Leadership Intimacy means to be known by and to […]
April 6, 2015

Fit in or stand out? Inclusion means both.

Belonging to a group, a team, or an organization doesn’t have to mean conforming. You can be both unique and be a team player. In fact, that’s what you as […]
March 9, 2015

4 Ways to Help Employees Out of Hell

The word hell comes to us through the Anglo-Saxon roots of English and from the Proto-Indo-European word kel, which means to conceal or cover up. If you’ve ever concealed anything […]