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.

  • Making the Leap to Executive Leadership? Ask Madeleine

    Making the Leap to Executive Leadership? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I just started what is probably the last decade of my career. I am settling into a new role after being promoted to an EVP spot that reports directly to the CEO. Sometimes I sit in...

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  • Concerned You’re Becoming Impatient with Your Employees? Ask Madeleine

    Concerned You’re Becoming Impatient with Your Employees? Ask Madeleine

    Hi Madeleine, I just got off the phone and immediately realized that I need some help. I spoke to an employee in a way I am ashamed of. I didn’t yell or flip my lid, but I was curt, demanding, and...

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  • Bad Attitudes about Working from Home? Ask Madeleine

    Bad Attitudes about Working from Home? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am so frustrated with what I am calling the “in-person addiction” in my new company. I started here two months before COVID sent everyone home. It was very much a traditional...

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  • Not Sure about Adding Pronouns to Your Email Signature? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure about Adding Pronouns to Your Email Signature? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a division leader for a family-owned manufacturing company. The family members have somewhat antiquated views and are not particularly socially sensitive. My challenge is how...

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  • Not Sure about Attending a Face to Face Drinks Gathering After Work? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure about Attending a Face to Face Drinks Gathering After Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, It still will be months until my company invites us all back to work in the office, so until then, we are all WFH. I miss my work friends and the hallway conversations that helped...

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  • Need to Define Your New Work Role Quickly? Ask Madeleine

    Need to Define Your New Work Role Quickly? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have a new boss who just offered me the role of lead for a team I have been on for about seven months. Our former lead (who, frankly, wasn’t great at leading) left suddenly a...

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  • New Team Member Is Yelling at You? Ask Madeleine

    New Team Member Is Yelling at You? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have a new team member who is constantly melting down. Our whole team is under a lot of pressure, and we’ve had to put our heads down to get the work out. Everyone has been able...

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  • In Over Your Head with a New Leadership Position? Ask Madeleine

    In Over Your Head with a New Leadership Position? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, My boss recently left the company. It was very sudden—I can’t tell if he left on his own or if he was fired. We had a good relationship, so I would have thought I would be more in...

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  • Developer of Others: The Leadership Competency That Makes the Difference

    Developer of Others: The Leadership Competency That Makes the Difference

    We are often asked how managers can support direct reports who are going through a learning and development or coaching journey. As it happens, manager support is the most overlooked leverageable...

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  • Wish You Were Getting More Feedback? Ask Madeleine

    Wish You Were Getting More Feedback? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I get no feedback. I have done well in my career. I have some big goals and I think I am doing OK at my job. My manager is a big-picture person who is constantly on the move and is...

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  • Two Rival Functions in the Company Constantly Fighting? Ask Madeleine

    Two Rival Functions in the Company Constantly Fighting? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I run operations for a regional (UK/Europe) division of a real estate and relocation company. I have several functions reporting up to me, and right now two of them are at war. All...

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  • Lost Your Motivation? Ask Madeleine

    Lost Your Motivation? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a director in a global manufacturing company. I manage managers and I am responsible for about 300 people around the globe. I was trained as an engineer and I really loved my...

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  • Time to Move Beyond “Winging It”? Ask Madeleine

    Time to Move Beyond “Winging It”? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior business leader for a global manufacturing company. I recently was on a panel with an officer of our company—not my boss, but a peer of my boss. He was very impactful...

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  • Boss Has Gone Silent? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Has Gone Silent? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, Ever since the beginning of this work-from-home situation, our entire department feels like it is on hold. The reason? Our seriously old school boss is not at all comfortable with...

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  • Stuck with a Problem Employee? Ask Madeleine

    Stuck with a Problem Employee? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a 31-year-old female attorney who was recently promoted to manager of an in-house legal team for a giant global not-for-profit organization. One of my direct reports is a man...

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  • People Don’t Want to Use Their PTO? Ask Madeleine

    People Don’t Want to Use Their PTO? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a large team of creative professionals in a US-based advertising firm. My company went to an unlimited PTO plan 18 months ago. Covid-19 weirdness aside, I am finding that...

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  • Less People, Same Amount of Work? Ask Madeleine

    Less People, Same Amount of Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a department in a large manufacturing organization. Some parts of our business are going gangbusters, but my area is suffering from a slowdown due to the restrictions and...

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  • Reached Your Breaking Point? Ask Madeleine

    Reached Your Breaking Point? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I thought I could take it, but now I am not so sure. I live in a state that is just now having an explosion of Covid-19 cases. I thought at this point things would be going back to...

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  • Not Sure Why Boss Wants You to Develop Your Personal Brand? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure Why Boss Wants You to Develop Your Personal Brand? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a director in a small company. My boss (a boomer) keeps mentioning that I need to develop my brand. I really don’t understand what she means. The more I learn about personal...

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  • One of Your Direct Reports Is Lying? Ask Madeleine

    One of Your Direct Reports Is Lying? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, It has recently become apparent that one of my newer direct reports is lying. In one instance, he told me a presentation was proofed and ready to go and I found out it wasn’t when...

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