Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Lost Your Motivation? Ask Madeleine

    Lost Your Motivation? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a director in a global manufacturing company. I manage managers and I am responsible for about 300 people around the globe. I was trained as an engineer and I really loved my...

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  • Need a New Plan for the Next 18 Months?

    Need a New Plan for the Next 18 Months?

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  • Time to Move Beyond “Winging It”? Ask Madeleine

    Time to Move Beyond “Winging It”? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior business leader for a global manufacturing company. I recently was on a panel with an officer of our company—not my boss, but a peer of my boss. He was very impactful...

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  • Boss Has Gone Silent? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Has Gone Silent? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, Ever since the beginning of this work-from-home situation, our entire department feels like it is on hold. The reason? Our seriously old school boss is not at all comfortable with...

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  • Diversity Beyond Lip Service by La’Wana Harris

    Diversity Beyond Lip Service by La’Wana Harris

    Diversity, always a weighty topic, has become a profoundly important concern over the past several weeks. Nevertheless, many people and businesses continue to struggle in their attempts to address...

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  • Stuck with a Problem Employee? Ask Madeleine

    Stuck with a Problem Employee? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a 31-year-old female attorney who was recently promoted to manager of an in-house legal team for a giant global not-for-profit organization. One of my direct reports is a man...

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  • The Coronavirus: An Unexpected Opportunity to Change the Way We Change

    The Coronavirus: An Unexpected Opportunity to Change the Way We Change

    By Pat Zigarmi and Judd Hoekstra The coronavirus pandemic upended our world in a matter of weeks.Businesses closed. Stores shuttered. Unemployment soared. And worst of all, the virus took our...

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  • People Don’t Want to Use Their PTO? Ask Madeleine

    People Don’t Want to Use Their PTO? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a large team of creative professionals in a US-based advertising firm. My company went to an unlimited PTO plan 18 months ago. Covid-19 weirdness aside, I am finding that...

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  • 6-Week Online Class Provides Better Experience than 1-day Classroom Design, says Industry Expert

    6-Week Online Class Provides Better Experience than 1-day Classroom Design, says Industry Expert

    Recent technology advances have made it a lot easier to create the type of collaborative learning experiences today’s organizations are looking for, says Scott Blanchard, president of The Ken...

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  • Less People, Same Amount of Work? Ask Madeleine

    Less People, Same Amount of Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a department in a large manufacturing organization. Some parts of our business are going gangbusters, but my area is suffering from a slowdown due to the restrictions and...

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  • Building Your Conversational Capacity®

    Building Your Conversational Capacity®

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  • Reached Your Breaking Point? Ask Madeleine

    Reached Your Breaking Point? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I thought I could take it, but now I am not so sure. I live in a state that is just now having an explosion of Covid-19 cases. I thought at this point things would be going back to...

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  • Not Sure Why Boss Wants You to Develop Your Personal Brand? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure Why Boss Wants You to Develop Your Personal Brand? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a director in a small company. My boss (a boomer) keeps mentioning that I need to develop my brand. I really don’t understand what she means. The more I learn about personal...

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  • Lead from the Future with Mark W. Johnson

    Lead from the Future with Mark W. Johnson

    Ken Blanchard says it is difficult for leaders to plan for the future while they are also managing the day-to-day. For that reason, he suggests organizations have two groups of leaders: one that...

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  • Creating Authentic Executive Presence

    Creating Authentic Executive Presence

    A common coaching objective for executive clients is to exude greater executive presence while also being authentic. Many successful leaders are known for having exceptional executive presence....

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  • One of Your Direct Reports Is Lying? Ask Madeleine

    One of Your Direct Reports Is Lying? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, It has recently become apparent that one of my newer direct reports is lying. In one instance, he told me a presentation was proofed and ready to go and I found out it wasn’t when...

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  • The Best Way to Show You Care during Difficult Times

    The Best Way to Show You Care during Difficult Times

    “I’m sure you’ve heard the saying People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. And that is so true for anyone who is in a leadership role today,” says Kathy Cuff, senior...

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  • Rediscovering Servant Leadership: 3 Key Practices

    Rediscovering Servant Leadership: 3 Key Practices

    As an antidote to the negative consequences of personality-based leadership theories, new generations of leadership, learning, and talent development professionals are rediscovering servant...

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  • Unsure How to Help? Ask Madeleine

    Unsure How to Help? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Readers, This week I am using this space to address my own questions—questions that have been on many people’s minds: How can I help? What can I do? What actions might count? We can no longer...

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  • 3 Ways to Meet People Where They Are on New Tasks and Processes

    3 Ways to Meet People Where They Are on New Tasks and Processes

    “So many of us are dealing with changes to our work routines. It’s generating a mountain of new requests and tasks that require us to get things done using new guidelines, practices, and...

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