Mary Ellen Sailer

Mary Ellen Sailer is a Senior Coach for The Ken Blanchard Companies. She is a frequent contributor to Blanchard’s LeaderChat blog. Mary Ellen received her professional coach training from Coach U, earned the Professional Coach Certification from International Coach Federation and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Organizational Development from the University of Massachusetts.

  • Leadership Lessons from Sir Paul McCartney

    Leadership Lessons from Sir Paul McCartney

    I am one of the millions of people who has recently enjoyed a 24-minute video escape into happiness—also known as Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke. The video is fun, it is revealing, it is touching,...

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  • 3 Ways Coaching Can Impact New Leader Development

    3 Ways Coaching Can Impact New Leader Development

    How many times have you wondered who the future leaders will be in your organization? When I listen to organizational sponsors express their needs for leadership development, it can be framed as a...

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  • What a Famous Pediatrician Taught Me about Leadership

    What a Famous Pediatrician Taught Me about Leadership

    Think about a leader you admire. Maybe it is the CEO of your company, the principal of your local high school, or the president of your alma mater. If I asked you about the specific qualities that...

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  • Coaching to Get Out of Your Own Way

    Coaching to Get Out of Your Own Way

    When an organization invests in coaching for their leaders, it is often because they want to move the leader from “almost ready” to “ready now” on promotion lists. In many of these situations, the...

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  • A Coaching Take on the Annual Review

    A Coaching Take on the Annual Review

    We’re winding down to the end of another year. I find that late December provides a great opportunity for a “year in review” assessment. But instead of looking at your goals and lining them up...

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  • Turnaround Coaching—What A Professional Coach Should (and Shouldn’t) Do

    Turnaround Coaching—What A Professional Coach Should (and Shouldn’t) Do

    It’s true.  In some organizations, people are not given clear direction. They don’t know what a good job looks like. They don’t receive specific praise when they do well or concrete redirection...

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  • Does Phone Coaching Work?

    Does Phone Coaching Work?

    Coaching over the phone? Not texting, but actually talking on the telephone? How quaint! When it comes to interacting with others in today’s digital age, the telephone may seem like a relic from...

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  • Taking a Heart and Head Approach to Integrity

    Taking a Heart and Head Approach to Integrity

    One of my favorite buildings is the Chrysler Tower in New York City. Although it was constructed 90 years ago, that building is still standing because it was built with integrity. Since it was...

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  • Coaching and Character: A Double Benefit

    Coaching and Character: A Double Benefit

    I’ve always appreciated this quote from famed author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” What good is...

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  • The Power of Clear Expectations—Identifying What and Who

    The Power of Clear Expectations—Identifying What and Who

    Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? Each of these one-word questions can push organizational leaders and their team members toward the clarity they need to achieve success. In this post I’d like to...

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  • What a Famous Pediatrician Taught Me about Leadership

    What a Famous Pediatrician Taught Me about Leadership

    Think about a leader you admire. Maybe it is the CEO of your company, the principal of your local high school, or the president of your alma mater. If I asked you about the specific qualities that...

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  • Leadership Transparency: How a Coach Can Help

    Leadership Transparency: How a Coach Can Help

    Do the people you work with know what you expect of them? Do they know what to expect of you? Pause, please, and really consider those two questions. If I walked into your workplace and asked your...

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  • Leaders: Tap into Your Unique Energy Source

    Leaders: Tap into Your Unique Energy Source

    Leaders work with coaches to take purposeful action in the advancement of their goals and in the interest of their organizations. But how does this really occur? Certainly not with the coach...

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