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  • Got a Leadership Question? Ask Madeleine

    Got a Leadership Question? Ask Madeleine

    We’ve just celebrated the fifth anniversary of this blog. My goal has been to host an advice column for you, the well-intentioned manager. Over the past five years we’ve looked at over 200...

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  • 5 Strategies for Surfacing and Resolving Concerns about Change

    5 Strategies for Surfacing and Resolving Concerns about Change

    Constant change is a way of life in organizations today. How do managers and leaders cope with the barrage of changes that confront them daily as they attempt to keep their organizations adaptive...

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  • Your New Boss is Nuts? Ask Madeleine

    Your New Boss is Nuts? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been working for the internet arm of a retail company for almost twenty years. When I started, we were truly innovating with the speed and fierceness of a startup. I was...

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  • Organizational Growth Requires a Balancing Act

    Organizational Growth Requires a Balancing Act

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  • 5 Reasons You Need an Accountability Partner

    5 Reasons You Need an Accountability Partner

    Most people will agree that ongoing professional growth and development is important. That said, most people also know it can be quite challenging to establish new skills and behaviors. Competing...

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  • Direct Reports Think You’re Mean? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Reports Think You’re Mean? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been a manager for many years. I came up through the ranks and have been steadily promoted because of my technical and analytical skills—also, because I am almost always...

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  • Learn How to Play The Infinite Game with Tips from Simon Sinek’s Latest Book

    Learn How to Play The Infinite Game with Tips from Simon Sinek’s Latest Book

    How do people who are comfortable with finite games like football or chess learn to flourish in a world that operates with an infinite mindset? In his latest book, The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek...

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  • Focus on Who, In Addition to What, When Designing Learning Journeys

    Focus on Who, In Addition to What, When Designing Learning Journeys

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  • Feel Like You’re Leading in the Dark? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Like You’re Leading in the Dark? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I lead a team at a global bank that is going through constant upheaval and change. I have used Blanchard’s change model in the past to try to meet my people where they are and...

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  • You Haven’t Hit Your Peak Yet! 8 Key Takeaways from Harvey Mackay’s New Book

    You Haven’t Hit Your Peak Yet! 8 Key Takeaways from Harvey Mackay’s New Book

    “People’s lives change in two ways,” says bestselling business author and syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, “the people they meet and the books they read.” In his new book You Haven’t Hit Your...

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  • Newly Promoted Supervisor Has Turned into a Diva? Ask Madeleine

    Newly Promoted Supervisor Has Turned into a Diva? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a middle-aged accounting professional; I pride myself on working quickly and accurately. I was hoping this would be my last position and I could enjoy having a solid job that...

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  • Feeling Overwhelmed Managing the Work of Others? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Overwhelmed Managing the Work of Others? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an attorney in a government office. I was just promoted and have inherited four new direct reports. Although I have trained interns in the past, I am feeling overwhelmed with...

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  • 4 Keys to Realizing Your Authentic Leadership Presence

    4 Keys to Realizing Your Authentic Leadership Presence

    In my role as an organizational coach, leadership presence is a frequent topic of discussion with executive clients and leaders who are striving to reach a desired position within their companies....

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  • Feeling Judged as a “Working Mom”? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Judged as a “Working Mom”? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an executive vice president at a large, fast-moving communications company. I started here as an intern. I love this company, my job, and my team—but most of all, I love to...

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  • 4 Steps to Authentic Behavior Change

    4 Steps to Authentic Behavior Change

    A new year is upon us. For many people, this time of year represents “out with the old, in with the new”—a new start or a new opportunity. I believe right now is the best time for self-reflection...

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  • Don’t Feel Like Making New Year’s Resolutions? Ask Madeleine

    Don’t Feel Like Making New Year’s Resolutions? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I hate New Year’s resolutions and I don’t feel like making any this year. I have had some success with them in the past, but this year I just feel overwhelmed with everything I...

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  • 2020 Leadership Development Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

    2020 Leadership Development Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

    Scott Blanchard shares key takeaways from The Ken Blanchard Companies 2020 HR L&D Trend Survey.

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  • “People Think You’re Having an Affair at Work?” Ask Madeleine Top Questions of 2019

    “People Think You’re Having an Affair at Work?” Ask Madeleine Top Questions of 2019

    Each week, Ask Madeleine columnist Madeleine Blanchard answers reader’s questions about pressing problems at work. Here are the most viewed questions of 2019 while Madeleine is on holiday...

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  • Benchmarking Team Performance: How Would Your Team Score In These Four Areas?

    Benchmarking Team Performance: How Would Your Team Score In These Four Areas?

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  • Can’t Get People to Change? Ask Madeleine

    Can’t Get People to Change? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior leader in a mid-sized organization. I introduced a new strategic approach to the organization about six months ago. In some parts of the organization, things are...

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