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.

  • Got a Leadership Question? Ask Madeleine

    Got a Leadership Question? Ask Madeleine

    We’ve just celebrated the fifth anniversary of this blog. My goal has been to host an advice column for you, the well-intentioned manager. Over the past five years we’ve looked at over 200...

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  • Your New Boss is Nuts? Ask Madeleine

    Your New Boss is Nuts? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been working for the internet arm of a retail company for almost twenty years. When I started, we were truly innovating with the speed and fierceness of a startup. I was...

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  • Direct Reports Think You’re Mean? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Reports Think You’re Mean? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been a manager for many years. I came up through the ranks and have been steadily promoted because of my technical and analytical skills—also, because I am almost always...

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  • Feel Like You’re Leading in the Dark? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Like You’re Leading in the Dark? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I lead a team at a global bank that is going through constant upheaval and change. I have used Blanchard’s change model in the past to try to meet my people where they are and...

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  • Newly Promoted Supervisor Has Turned into a Diva? Ask Madeleine

    Newly Promoted Supervisor Has Turned into a Diva? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a middle-aged accounting professional; I pride myself on working quickly and accurately. I was hoping this would be my last position and I could enjoy having a solid job that...

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  • Feeling Overwhelmed Managing the Work of Others? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Overwhelmed Managing the Work of Others? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an attorney in a government office. I was just promoted and have inherited four new direct reports. Although I have trained interns in the past, I am feeling overwhelmed with...

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  • Feeling Judged as a “Working Mom”? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Judged as a “Working Mom”? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an executive vice president at a large, fast-moving communications company. I started here as an intern. I love this company, my job, and my team—but most of all, I love to...

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  • Don’t Feel Like Making New Year’s Resolutions? Ask Madeleine

    Don’t Feel Like Making New Year’s Resolutions? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I hate New Year’s resolutions and I don’t feel like making any this year. I have had some success with them in the past, but this year I just feel overwhelmed with everything I...

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  • Can’t Get People to Change? Ask Madeleine

    Can’t Get People to Change? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior leader in a mid-sized organization. I introduced a new strategic approach to the organization about six months ago. In some parts of the organization, things are...

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  • Co-worker Spreading Rumors About You? Ask Madeleine

    Co-worker Spreading Rumors About You? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a hospital. One of my colleagues always seizes the opportunity to slow me down or otherwise make me look bad. In addition, she makes personal comments about me and...

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  • Stuck in a Perfectionistic Loop?  Ask Madeleine

    Stuck in a Perfectionistic Loop? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am uber conscientious and a perfectionist—and I can’t seem to stop. I was promoted a year ago and have a very professional and trustworthy team, but I am addicted to reviewing...

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  • Trying to Avoid a Bad Hire? Ask Madeleine

    Trying to Avoid a Bad Hire? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have an amazing team except for one person. I’ve provided ample opportunities for this person to step up and she just isn’t picking up on them. I can’t tell what is going on. She...

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  • Looking for Help Growing as a Leader? Ask Madeleine

    Looking for Help Growing as a Leader? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am trying to make something of myself. I am in Nigeria and have little access to opportunity. I struggle with not having a role model to look up to because of my environs and the...

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  • Long-time Employee Is Timid and Skittish? Ask Madeleine

    Long-time Employee Is Timid and Skittish? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have a long-time employee named Tom who has more than 25 years’ experience in our field—but he totally lacks confidence. He is very timid in response to questions from other less...

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  • People Treating You Differently After an Illness? Ask Madeleine

    People Treating You Differently After an Illness? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a team in large organization. Last spring I was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer and I underwent intense and difficult chemotherapy. I worked from home and didn’t...

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  • New to the Team and They Want You Out?  Ask Madeleine

    New to the Team and They Want You Out? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am about four months into a new job as a senior executive in a large global infrastructure company. I report directly to the EVP of Operations, who is the person who brought me...

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  • Do You Have a “Bossy Pants” on Your Team? Ask Madeleine

    Do You Have a “Bossy Pants” on Your Team? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a team at a small non-profit. One of my newer team members is constantly managing up to me (her manager) and others who have been in their jobs a lot longer than she has....

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  • Recent Hire Uses Excessive Filler Words Like, Um, “You Know”? Ask Madeleine

    Recent Hire Uses Excessive Filler Words Like, Um, “You Know”? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I supervise a number of educational professionals who are required to report to a team (including parents) regarding their evaluation. A recent hire, with more than 25 years’...

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  • Direct Report Seems to Be Overdoing it with Health Excuses? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Report Seems to Be Overdoing it with Health Excuses? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I run a very lean team and one of my people is a hypochondriac. Every week there is a new reason he needs to go to the doctor. Any cold that comes through he gets, and it is worse...

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  • Always Second-Guessing Yourself? Ask Madeleine

    Always Second-Guessing Yourself? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a ruminator. I second-guess everything I do. My wife is tired of me spending hours every night going over and over the events of the day. I work in finance and have a lot of...

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