Madeleine Homan Blanchard

Madeleine Homan Blanchard is a Master Certified Coach and cofounder of Blanchard Coaching Services. She is coauthor of Blanchard’s Coaching Essentials training program, and several books including Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest, Coaching in Organizations, and Coaching for Leadership.

  • Boss Keeps Interrupting? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Keeps Interrupting? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I just read your blog Boss Talks Over You? and wow—can I relate! My problem is similar. My boss constantly interrupts me while I am speaking in meetings. She causes me to lose my...

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  • Boss Talks Over You? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Talks Over You? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I just read your blog Boss Keeps Interrupting You? Ask Madeleine. Excellent points there, particularly the pre-meeting meeting. My problem is a boss who talks over me chronically....

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  • Want to Be A Better Coach? Ask Madeleine

    Want to Be A Better Coach? Ask Madeleine

    Aloha Madeleine, I’m currently a Human Resources director in the hospitality industry. I believe right now, more than ever, our industry needs strong coaches. What resources can you share to help...

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  • Having Trouble Sharing Performance Expectations? (Part 2) Ask Madeleine

    Having Trouble Sharing Performance Expectations? (Part 2) Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I was promoted to VP of sales a few months before the pandemic hit. I feel like I have been in an industrial washing machine ever since, and am just starting to come up for air....

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  • Having Trouble Sharing Performance Expectations? Ask Madeleine

    Having Trouble Sharing Performance Expectations? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I was promoted to VP of sales a few months before the pandemic hit. I feel like I have been in an industrial washing machine ever since, and am just starting to come up for air....

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  • CEO Offered You a Job You Don’t Want? Ask Madeleine

    CEO Offered You a Job You Don’t Want? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a client services manager at a new cancer center in Lagos, Nigeria. I have just had my six-month appraisal with the CEO. Along with my responsibilities, I have been helping my...

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  • Nervous and Anxious about Work Presentations? Ask Madeleine

    Nervous and Anxious about Work Presentations? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I read your article called Terrified about Doing a Presentation at Work? and I am writing to see if I can get some help. I have spent 23 years in the IT industry and am still...

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  • Feeling Pressured to Return to Work? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Pressured to Return to Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I lost my identical twin brother to COVID late last spring. Of course there was no service, and I organized a Zoom event that was almost too sad to bear. A cousin was also...

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  • Feel Like an Imposter at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Like an Imposter at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I was recently promoted to director of contracts and compliance at a global staffing organization. I have a great team, I seem to be well regarded in the organization, and I get...

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  • Boss Says You Need to Be More Innovative? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Says You Need to Be More Innovative? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage an IT group—12 people—that does the tech stack for all supply chain management for a national chain of service providers. We also sell some product, but not a lot. I...

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  • Someone Called You “Privileged”? Ask Madeleine

    Someone Called You “Privileged”? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior VP in a global energy company and recently had an opportunity to give a webinar presentation to the entire company. I got a lot of great feedback, which was nice, but...

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  • Direct Reports Demeaning Colleagues? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Reports Demeaning Colleagues? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I recently logged into a web conference meeting a few minutes early. Some of my direct reports were already on and they didn’t notice I had joined. I heard them talking about one...

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  • Don’t Want to Write a Letter of Recommendation? Ask Madeleine

    Don’t Want to Write a Letter of Recommendation? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, An employee recently left. She worked for me for 18 months. She never really seemed to want to be here, never got very good at her job, and never developed relationships with...

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  • Scared of Your Boss? Ask Madeleine

    Scared of Your Boss? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a team lead in the R&D department of a pharmaceutical company. We are all scientists and engineers and the work is interesting and fun. I really like managing my team and they...

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  • Direct Report Trying to Make You Look Bad? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Report Trying to Make You Look Bad? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior leader in a large state government agency. I’ve been here a long time. I came to the job as a high-ranking, decorated veteran and have earned an excellent reputation....

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  • Employee Reacted Poorly to Your Feedback? Ask Madeleine

    Employee Reacted Poorly to Your Feedback? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a manager at a fairly new and fast growing software-as-a-service company. I have been managing people forever and nothing like this has ever happened to me. I recently gave...

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  • Talking to An Employee about Body Odor? Ask Madeleine

    Talking to An Employee about Body Odor? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a branch manager for a regional bank. We are a small crew, and everyone reports into me. Things run smoothly for the most part. I have one team member—an older woman—who has...

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  • Losing Your Temper and Don’t Know Why? Ask Madeleine

    Losing Your Temper and Don’t Know Why? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior manager. I like my company, I like my job, and I like my team. I have always received good performance reviews and my boss thinks I can do no wrong. I feel lucky, all...

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  • Disappointed You Didn’t Achieve Your Goals? Ask Madeleine

    Disappointed You Didn’t Achieve Your Goals? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been reflecting on 2020 and have just read the document with my goals for the year. I may laugh someday, but right now I am sad and demoralized. I accomplished literally not...

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  • Feel Like You’re Dying in Silence? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Like You’re Dying in Silence? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I just read your column Feeling Overwhelmed in a New Role and I find myself in the exact same position. I recently took a role as manager, and on week one I started getting emails...

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