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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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  • Building Conversational Capacity to Address Conflict in Today’s Work Teams

    Building Conversational Capacity to Address Conflict in Today’s Work Teams

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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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  • The Highest Performing Teams Have These 4 Mindsets

    The Highest Performing Teams Have These 4 Mindsets

    Teams are everywhere. Our organizations are made up of teams in all forms—project teams, work groups, executive, and leadership teams. Teams are not just a nice-to-have perk; they’re a major...

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  • Direct Report Is an Excessive Talker in Meetings? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Report Is an Excessive Talker in Meetings? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have a long-time employee who is very smart, understands his job, and gets things done. He manages a small but powerful team of individual contributors and his people really like...

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  • Self Leadership: The Power Behind Empowerment

    Self Leadership: The Power Behind Empowerment

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  • Please Get Off the Phone: 3 Steps for Breaking the Addiction at Work

    Please Get Off the Phone: 3 Steps for Breaking the Addiction at Work

    For many years I reported to the same manager. He was very supportive and made time frequently to meet in person, one-on-one, to discuss both my ongoing work and my development. Then something...

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  • 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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  • Conflict, Lack of Clarity, and Decision Making: The 3 Biggest Derailers of Work Teams

    Conflict, Lack of Clarity, and Decision Making: The 3 Biggest Derailers of Work Teams

    Conflict, lack of clarity, and poor decision making strategies are the three biggest derailers of work teams.

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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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  • A Situational Approach to Effective Leadership

    A Situational Approach to Effective Leadership

    Ken Blanchard describes the key concepts of the SLII approach to leadership.

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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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  • 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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