Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • 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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  • Use Care When Introducing Coaching Skills to Managers

    Use Care When Introducing Coaching Skills to Managers

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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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  • 4 Ways To Gain Power And Use It For Good

    4 Ways To Gain Power And Use It For Good

    Power. The word itself evokes a reaction. What thoughts or feelings do you have when you think of power? Perhaps you picture an organizational chart where the boxes at the top are imbued with more...

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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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  • 3 Keys to Empowering People at Work

    3 Keys to Empowering People at Work

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  • Stop Taking on Other People’s Problems—3 Tips from an Executive Coach

    Stop Taking on Other People’s Problems—3 Tips from an Executive Coach

    “I don’t have enough hours in the day to get my work done.” It’s a common complaint I hear from my coaching clients—especially those who are newer to a management role. Very often when we are...

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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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  • The Negative Impact of Self-Serving, Controlling Leaders

    The Negative Impact of Self-Serving, Controlling Leaders

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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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  • 5 Characteristics of Servant Leaders

    5 Characteristics of Servant Leaders

    Let’s imagine for a moment that you are a scientist running a grand experiment on leadership. Your laboratory is an organization with hundreds of leaders at varying levels, and with technology,...

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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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  • Is Your Organization High Performing? A Quick Quiz

    Is Your Organization High Performing? A Quick Quiz

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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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  • Crafting Your Own Personal SWOT Matrix

    Crafting Your Own Personal SWOT Matrix

    During my time as a coach, I have often utilized SWOT analyses to help teams analyze their organization’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. This is a simple, user-friendly method...

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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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  • Leading Effectively from Start-up Growth to Maturity: Identifying the Four Stages of Development

    Leading Effectively from Start-up Growth to Maturity: Identifying the Four Stages of Development

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