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.

  • Want to Be a Better Mentor? Ask Madeleine

    Want to Be a Better Mentor? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, My organization instituted a mentoring program a few years ago. We have a cool online system so that prospective mentees can review bios and request people who have signed up to be...

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  • CEO Is Driving You Insane? Ask Madeleine

    CEO Is Driving You Insane? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work for a bioengineering company that was a successful startup. It is now well into its seventh year and we still have our founding CEO. As the fairly new COO, I report directly...

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  • Need to Successfully Manage a Reorganization? Ask Madeleine

    Need to Successfully Manage a Reorganization? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am in leadership development and talent management for a global manufacturing firm. A reorganization initiative will take place early in the second quarter of this year, causing...

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  • The Case for Understanding One’s Core Psychological Needs

    The Case for Understanding One’s Core Psychological Needs

    Being effective in the workplace as a leader depends on self-awareness. Understanding core needs—our own and those of others—is the best possible first step says Madeleine Homan Blanchard.

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  • Ambiguity Making You Crazy? Ask Madeleine

    Ambiguity Making You Crazy? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have risen through the ranks of my organization very quickly. Last year I took on a lot of new responsibilities with almost no direction, did a good job, and got a raise and a...

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  • Frustrated Trying to Work a Broken System? Ask Madeleine

    Frustrated Trying to Work a Broken System? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I live and work in a third-world country. I got scholarships and completed a master’s degree in business and computer science and have an excellent, high-paying job. I have built a...

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  • Direct Report Stalling with Adoption of New Software? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Report Stalling with Adoption of New Software? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a sales manager for a specific product in a large US company. My team is small and we all work very hard. As a result, I applied to hire a new team member to accommodate the...

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  • Being a Direct, No-Nonsense Woman Leader Has People Labeling You as Intimidating? Ask Madeleine

    Being a Direct, No-Nonsense Woman Leader Has People Labeling You as Intimidating? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am the operations lead for a region in a global manufacturing company. I oversee physical plants and offices, and work closely with HR around issues of safety and compliance and...

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  • Overwhelmed with Leadership Training Content? Ask Madeleine

    Overwhelmed with Leadership Training Content? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been managing people for years. All the companies I have worked for have provided solid training. I’ve always felt like I knew what I was doing—until now. The last training...

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  • Want to Give Your Work Mentee Life Advice? Ask Madeleine

    Want to Give Your Work Mentee Life Advice? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an experienced executive. A few years ago, my company created a mentoring program. I have really enjoyed mentoring young new hires and have done several six-month stints. My...

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  • Direct Report Going Too Far with Unlimited PTO? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Report Going Too Far with Unlimited PTO? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a team in a large company that recently went to an Unlimited PTO policy. I am glad, because tracking and trying to get people to take their PTO was a pain. So far, it has...

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  • Struggling with a Matrix Environment? Ask Madeleine

    Struggling with a Matrix Environment? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a company that has recently gone to a matrix environment. It is kind of a disaster because no one seems to know what that means. Trying to get anyone to make a decision...

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  • Thoroughly Disillusioned with Your Job? Ask Madeleine

    Thoroughly Disillusioned with Your Job? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine I work at a large global company. I was recruited right out of college. I was homeschooled, went to college early, and completed my undergrad and masters in four years. I only...

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  • Don’t Feel You Should Have to Provide Direction to a Well-Paid Senior Executive? Ask Madeleine

    Don’t Feel You Should Have to Provide Direction to a Well-Paid Senior Executive? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am the CEO of a small but rapidly growing global employee relocation services organization. It is a complicated business. One of the complexities is that employment laws are...

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  • Business Partner Struggling with Mental Health Issues? Ask Madeleine

    Business Partner Struggling with Mental Health Issues? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have had a film/video production business with a cofounder and partner for about seven years. We have been friends since college. I am the business operations and sales guy; my...

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  • First Job Is Off to a Rocky Start? Ask Madeleine

    First Job Is Off to a Rocky Start? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I recently graduated from college and started my first job. The job I was offered was the one I wanted, but on my first day I was moved to a different department and given a job...

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  • Not Sure You’re Ready to Be a Leader? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure You’re Ready to Be a Leader? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have had uncanny success in my company. I am extremely competitive and incredibly focused, and I work really hard because I live in fear of disappointing my boss or my customers....

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  • Boss Is Driving You Nuts? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Is Driving You Nuts? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am at my wit’s end. I am pretty sure my boss has ADHD. She jokes that she doesn’t have it but causes it in others, but it isn’t funny—because ever since I started reporting to...

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  • Hired as a Remote Worker, Now Boss Wants You to Report to the Office? Ask Madeleine

    Hired as a Remote Worker, Now Boss Wants You to Report to the Office? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, In the middle of the pandemic, I took a job that I love and am good at. At the time, my boss made it very clear that the job was classified as “remote” and the deal was that I...

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  • Serious Concerns about Hiring an Internal Applicant? Ask Madeleine

    Serious Concerns about Hiring an Internal Applicant? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, Your advice has been very helpful in the past, so I couldn’t stop myself from writing to you again about a tricky situation. I have recently taken over the area of learning and...

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