Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Company Owners Don’t Care about Employees? Ask Madeleine

    Company Owners Don’t Care about Employees? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work for a scrappy startup that offers a system for weight loss and coaching. It’s for folks who need extra help losing and maintaining their weight and who want a healthier...

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  • Values Drive Results with Robert “Bo” Brabo

    Values Drive Results with Robert “Bo” Brabo

    Robert “Bo” Brabo learned early in his military career that values drive results. Committing fully to admirable organizational values up, down, and across the organization, every day and in every...

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  • Communicating Constructively in Challenging Times

    Communicating Constructively in Challenging Times

    Ken Blanchard discusses how a team with high conversational capacity can handle difficult issues, whereas a team with low conversational capacity can get derailed by minor differences of opinion.

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  • Naturally Quiet but Need to Negotiate? Ask Madeleine

    Naturally Quiet but Need to Negotiate? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a team of project and program managers responsible for keeping software implementations on track for a global company. I have five regional directors, each of whom manage...

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  • 60 and Can’t Find Work? Ask Madeleine

    60 and Can’t Find Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am sixty years old and really love my work. I have had a long and varied career and had hoped to get another decade in before retiring. The institution I worked for closed down...

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  • New HR / L&D Survey on the Hybrid Work Environment

    New HR / L&D Survey on the Hybrid Work Environment

    Now that public health initiatives are controlling the pandemic, the return to the office is a hot topic. The Ken Blanchard Companies wanted to know what leadership, learning, and talent...

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  • Return to the Office Making You Crazy? Ask Madeleine

    Return to the Office Making You Crazy? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, Before COVID, I led a high performing, intact team. There are twelve of us and we all used to work in one office. I hired three new people just as the stay-at-home order was...

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  • Now’s the Time for Authentic, Transparent Conversations

    Now’s the Time for Authentic, Transparent Conversations

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  • Returning to the Office Provides an Opportunity to Demonstrate Trust

    Returning to the Office Provides an Opportunity to Demonstrate Trust

    Organizations have an opportunity to intentionally increase trust with their people by the open and collaborative way they handle plans for people returning to the office.

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  • EGO Getting in Your Way? Ask Madeleine

    EGO Getting in Your Way? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a director-level leader in a national insurance organization. The culture here is that things get done slowly, and only when everyone agrees with the change. I have been...

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  • Amid Constant Change, 3 Fundamentals of Leadership Remain the Same

    Amid Constant Change, 3 Fundamentals of Leadership Remain the Same

    Bestselling business author Ken Blanchard shares three leadership fundamentals as people return to the work environment.

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  • New CEO Wreaking Havoc? Ask Madeleine

    New CEO Wreaking Havoc? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I run a compliance and risk group for a large regional credit union. We have a new CEO—I’ll call him “K.” K was our organization’s CFO for several years before he was named CEO, so...

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  • The Difference Between Employees and Employee Culture with Stan Slap

    The Difference Between Employees and Employee Culture with Stan Slap

    First released in 2015, Under the Hood: Fire Up and Fine-Tune Your Employee Culture by Stan Slap offers a message to leaders that is even more important in today’s work environment. Slap indicates...

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  • The 3 Mind Shifts (and 4 Skills) to Effectively Lead Hybrid Teams

    The 3 Mind Shifts (and 4 Skills) to Effectively Lead Hybrid Teams

    Hybrid teams are nothing new. Pre-COVID, many hybrid virtual teams existed. Some team members worked from the office full time, some worked from home or from the road full time, and others did a...

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  • Boss Won’t Help You Prioritize? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Won’t Help You Prioritize? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an EVP of sales in an organization that is growing insanely fast. I have a brand new Chief Sales Officer and my regional counterpart just quit—so I have gone from four direct...

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  • Don’t Call It Return-to-Work—Call It a Needed Conversation

    Don’t Call It Return-to-Work—Call It a Needed Conversation

    A misnomer is floating around—the concept of return-to-work. This phrase conjures up images of coming back from a sabbatical, a leave of absence, or maternity/paternity leave. But today,...

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  • Trying to Help—But Getting Nowhere? Ask Madeleine

    Trying to Help—But Getting Nowhere? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a team of very experienced and talented people. One of my people is particularly essential to the work we do and has vast institutional knowledge. A couple of other teams...

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  • Succeeding with Your Post-COVID Re-entry Plan

    Succeeding with Your Post-COVID Re-entry Plan

    Bestselling authors Scott Blanchard and Stan Slap share strategies for successfully returning to the workplace post COVID.

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  • Not Being Heard or Included in Planning? Ask Madeleine

    Not Being Heard or Included in Planning? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a research organization. My colleagues are very well educated, as is most of the executive leadership team. I’m not a scientist, a PhD, or a doctor. I’m a middle manager...

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  • 6 Strategies to Build Trust in Your Post-Pandemic, Return to The Office Plan

    6 Strategies to Build Trust in Your Post-Pandemic, Return to The Office Plan

    In several parts of the world, particularly the United States, restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are beginning to ease. Some organizations have already announced plans to return...

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