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.

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? Ask Madeleine

    Should I Stay or Should I Go? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am what’s called a “people leader”—I lead individual contributors at a global software giant. I am also a technical contributor as a subject matter expert in a specific...

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  • Dropping the Ball at Home and at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dropping the Ball at Home and at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I missed a back to school event for my kids last night. My wife called to ask where I was, and I had completely forgotten that I was supposed to be there. I saw it on my calendar...

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  • Fell Apart Presenting to Senior Executives? Ask Madeleine

    Fell Apart Presenting to Senior Executives? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I was asked to present to the senior leadership team and the board of my company. I was excited and nervous—and prepared, I thought—but probably not enough as it turns out. Just as...

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  • Victim of Your Own Success? Ask Madeleine

    Victim of Your Own Success? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work as a subject matter expert on sales and implementation teams for integrated software. I get pulled into all kinds of teams. I am constantly being told to join new teams and...

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  • Can’t Do It All? Ask Madeleine

    Can’t Do It All? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, A couple of months ago I received a promotion I was really hoping for. Now I have fifteen direct reports where I used to have seven. Everything I am reading says I should be doing...

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  • Tired of Being Nasty? Ask Madeleine

    Tired of Being Nasty? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I lead a business for a global company. I am very bright and hardworking, have risen fast, and continue to rise. I will probably end up being a senior leader for the company...

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  • Your Boss Expects You to Be Perfect All the Time? Ask Madeleine

    Your Boss Expects You to Be Perfect All the Time? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am smart, I work hard, and I am a pleaser. These qualities have made me very successful. I am now a senior manager in a fast-paced, high-pressure service business. My problem is...

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  • Boss Is Having Hot Flashes? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Is Having Hot Flashes? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, My boss is amazing. She has been a mentor for me and I admire her and learn from her every day. She has freakish stamina, is extremely bright and creative, and has a ton of...

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  • Yelled at Your Direct Report and Feel Terrible About It? Ask Madeleine

    Yelled at Your Direct Report and Feel Terrible About It? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I really messed up—and I’m so embarrassed I’m thinking of quitting my job. I yelled at one of my direct reports during a team meeting. I was very tired because I had been up all...

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  • Boss Is Over-Promising and Expecting You to Deliver?  Ask Madeleine

    Boss Is Over-Promising and Expecting You to Deliver? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am at my limit and hope you can help. I am a senior team leader with a very high performing intact team. We have a new, very inexperienced board who is wreaking havoc with the...

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  • Feel Like You’ve Been Set Up to Fail? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Like You’ve Been Set Up to Fail? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have just started a job at a well regarded local firm. I have many years of office experience, but this is the largest firm I have ever worked for. My job is as an admin to a...

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  • Frustrated with Poor Management? Ask Madeleine

    Frustrated with Poor Management? Ask Madeleine

    Hi Madeleine, I work in a membership organization with a very old-fashioned outlook and a hierarchical structure. I am not a manager, but I did have one direct report at a previous employer. I am...

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  • Can’t Keep Covering for a Direct Report? Ask Madeleine

    Can’t Keep Covering for a Direct Report? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a regional VP for a global services company. I get excellent performance reviews, have been promoted regularly, and have had some employees tell me I’m the best boss they’ve...

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  • Stepping into a Big Mess as a New Manager? Ask Madeleine

    Stepping into a Big Mess as a New Manager? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I started a new job as a senior leader for a large manufacturing firm about four months ago—and I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the disaster I’ve walked into. All I heard...

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  • Concerned about a Difficult Employee? Ask Madeleine

    Concerned about a Difficult Employee? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have an employee who hates me. I have been supervising and managing people for 25 years and this has never happened to me before. I’ve been to training classes, attended...

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  • Older Direct Report Doesn’t Respect You as Their Younger Manager?  Ask Madeleine

    Older Direct Report Doesn’t Respect You as Their Younger Manager? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am 25, super organized, and I have no problem being direct. On the CliftonStrengths® assessment I come out as having high self-assurance. People just assume I am in charge even...

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  • Thinking about Tattling on a Colleague? Ask Madeleine

    Thinking about Tattling on a Colleague? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a very matrixed organization. My actual boss works remotely and I seldom interact with him one-on-one, but we have a team lead on every project. In my work group, we all...

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  • Bosses Are Trash-Talking Each Other? Ask Madeleine

    Bosses Are Trash-Talking Each Other? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work for a small company in a small city. I really like my job, but the atmosphere in my office is so toxic I am not sure I can live with it. This is my first real job. My...

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  • Not Sure Where to Start in a New Senior Role? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure Where to Start in a New Senior Role? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, About three months ago, I was promoted to COO in my organization. I wasn’t expecting it—a lot of changes happened at once. A large group of people were fired and the next thing I...

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  • Lost Your Voice with Your Team?  Ask Madeleine

    Lost Your Voice with Your Team? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior executive with a lot of experience who is on the leadership team of my organization. I have a problem I’ve never had before, which has been developing over the last...

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