Joanne Maynard

Joanne Maynard is a Senior Coach for The Ken Blanchard Companies. She is a frequent contributor to Blanchard’s LeaderChat blog. Joanne completed the Advanced Corporate Coaching program at Coach U, and received her Associate Certified Coach credential from International Coach Federation.

  • 5 Reasons You Need an Accountability Partner

    5 Reasons You Need an Accountability Partner

    Most people will agree that ongoing professional growth and development is important. That said, most people also know it can be quite challenging to establish new skills and behaviors. Competing...

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  • Don’t Put Off Your Own Personal Development

    Don’t Put Off Your Own Personal Development

    Many leaders I work with know they would benefit from developing new skills but aren’t sure how to fit learning into their already packed schedule. I encourage them to think of their workplace as...

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  • Please Get Off the Phone: 3 Steps for Breaking the Addiction at Work

    Please Get Off the Phone: 3 Steps for Breaking the Addiction at Work

    For many years I reported to the same manager. He was very supportive and made time frequently to meet in person, one-on-one, to discuss both my ongoing work and my development. Then something...

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  • Stop Taking on Other People’s Problems—3 Tips from an Executive Coach

    Stop Taking on Other People’s Problems—3 Tips from an Executive Coach

    “I don’t have enough hours in the day to get my work done.” It’s a common complaint I hear from my coaching clients—especially those who are newer to a management role. Very often when we are...

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  • Stop Being Perfect at Work

    Stop Being Perfect at Work

    I’ve been coaching executives for about six years now. Recently I was working with a leader who proudly identified himself as a perfectionist. He considered it a badge of honor that he routinely...

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  • 4 Ways to Provide Individual Attention Like a Coach

    4 Ways to Provide Individual Attention Like a Coach

    For most, if not all organizations, their employees are their number one asset. This makes the wellbeing, the engagement of employees very important. Why?  Because engaged employees are passionate...

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  • Are You Taking the Time to Connect? A Coach’s Story

    Are You Taking the Time to Connect? A Coach’s Story

    When you are a coach who works with leaders from all walks of life, you begin to notice patterns. One pattern I’ve noticed is that about one-third of the leaders I work with consider connecting...

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  • 3 Ways to Combat Perfectionism

    3 Ways to Combat Perfectionism

    When a person goes through leadership coaching it often includes some kind of evaluation, such as a 360-degree assessment. Debriefing the assessment results is typically done during one of the...

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  • Don’t Over- or Under-Supervise: 4 Steps to Getting Management Just Right

    Don’t Over- or Under-Supervise: 4 Steps to Getting Management Just Right

    “I don’t want to be a micromanager!” I hear that statement all the time from my coaching clients. I get it—no one wants to be known as a boss who hovers over people and tells them what to do all...

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  • Do You Engage in Mental Jabbering?

    Do You Engage in Mental Jabbering?

    For about a year now, it seems everywhere I turn I hear people talking about the power of mindfulness. To me, mindfulness means paying attention to your experience from moment to moment. Because I...

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  • 4 Keys to Being More Mindful at Work: A Coaching Perspective

    4 Keys to Being More Mindful at Work: A Coaching Perspective

    I like how mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness. He says, “There is nothing particularly unusual or mystical about being mindful. All it involves is paying attention to your...

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  • Are You Overusing These 3 Leadership Habits? A Coach’s Perspective

    Are You Overusing These 3 Leadership Habits? A Coach’s Perspective

    Each of us have natural tendencies and habits.  Leaders are no different.  We might love to share our sage advice, to be problem solvers, or to play the devil’s advocate.  But these tendencies and...

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  • The Leader as Coach – 3 Common Traps to Avoid

    The Leader as Coach – 3 Common Traps to Avoid

    A leader’s ability to coach effectively can really foster the development of the people they lead.  But like any leadership style, using a coaching style incorrectly has its drawbacks—especially...

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  • Giving Constructive Feedback—Focus on the Goals, Not the Person

    Giving Constructive Feedback—Focus on the Goals, Not the Person

    Most leaders and managers dread giving constructive feedback to direct reports. They are concerned that others will see the feedback as negative or critical of them as a person. A core concept of...

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  • The Manager as Coach: Coaching with the Time You Have

    The Manager as Coach: Coaching with the Time You Have

    In today’s fast-paced working environment, people in leadership roles are being asked more and more to use a coaching approach to move people and their projects forward. Interestingly, the number...

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  • The Leader as Coach: 3 Times When Coaching Is Not the Answer

    The Leader as Coach: 3 Times When Coaching Is Not the Answer

    In a couple of my recent posts I’ve talked about managers using coach-like skills in their conversations with direct reports. Doing this often makes conversations more impactful and effective. But...

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  • The Leader as Coach – 4 Ways to Develop a Coaching Mindset

    The Leader as Coach – 4 Ways to Develop a Coaching Mindset

    Learning new skills can be awkward and uncomfortable. Think back to the first time you interviewed for a job or spoke in front of a group. It’s possible you made some mistakes, but in the long run...

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  • 3 Ways Coaching Can Help Teams and Work Groups

    3 Ways Coaching Can Help Teams and Work Groups

    Most coaches work one on one with clients, but at times coaches are also hired to facilitate team performance when people come together to accomplish shared goals, make decisions, or learn new...

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  • 3 Ways Coaching Can Help You Apply What You’ve Learned

    3 Ways Coaching Can Help You Apply What You’ve Learned

    Do you remember a time when you left a training session full of valuable knowledge that you were just itching to apply? Unfortunately, when you got back to your workplace, there was a pile of...

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  • 3 Reminders on How “Just Listening” Is Sometimes the Best Approach

    3 Reminders on How “Just Listening” Is Sometimes the Best Approach

    Have you ever shared a frustrating situation with your boss, a colleague, a family member, or a friend and they kept jumping in and offering solutions (many of which you had already thought of...

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