Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Business Partner Treating You Like an Employee?  Ask Madeleine

    Business Partner Treating You Like an Employee?  Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I started a business with my best friend about ten years ago after the real estate bubble burst and we were both laid off from our financial services business.  Against...

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  • Feel Like You’ve Been Demoted? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Like You’ve Been Demoted? Ask Madeleine

    Hi Madeleine, I have been working for over 15 years in my field and have moved up the ranks. In my last role I was a manager.  Six months ago, I left my old job and moved to a company that had a...

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  • Not Sure How to Handle a Possible Harassment Issue? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure How to Handle a Possible Harassment Issue? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine,  I have been assigned to handle a new team and we are currently in the developmental stage. Yesterday as I did a few one-on-one sessions, one of the new hires on my team (let’s...

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  • What to Look for When Building a Servant Leadership Curriculum

    What to Look for When Building a Servant Leadership Curriculum

    “Building a servant leadership curriculum begins by identifying the attitudes, skills, and behaviors of a servant leader,” says Vicki Halsey, vice president of applied learning for The Ken...

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  • Doing the Work of Two People? Need Help? Ask Madeleine

    Doing the Work of Two People? Need Help? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work as a training manager in a large organization. Two years ago my boss was let go. Since then, I have been doing both her job and my old job. I like my current boss (formerly...

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  • 3 Ways to Combat Perfectionism

    3 Ways to Combat Perfectionism

    When a person goes through leadership coaching it often includes some kind of evaluation, such as a 360-degree assessment. Debriefing the assessment results is typically done during one of the...

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  • Your Company Is Putting Profit Ahead of People? Ask Madeleine

    Your Company Is Putting Profit Ahead of People? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in sales in a large medical device company. I kill my numbers and have been number one in my region for the last six quarters. I need your advice. My company continually...

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  • 5 Keys to Organizational Culture Change

    5 Keys to Organizational Culture Change

    In its simplest definition, culture is the way things get done in an organization. It’s about the behaviors and attitudes of employees and management and how that translates into different...

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  • Need Help Building Your Brand? Ask Madeleine

    Need Help Building Your Brand? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a few years in, working on Wall Street.  I am a financial analyst and am pretty good at my job. At my recent performance review my boss told me that I need to “build my...

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  • Servant Leadership: 11 Questions to See If People Would Consider You a Servant Leader

    Servant Leadership: 11 Questions to See If People Would Consider You a Servant Leader

    Ken Blanchard has a favorite question he asks audiences when he is speaking to them about servant leadership: “Are you here to serve or to be served?” Ken believes the way you answer that question...

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  • New Boss Not Walking the Talk? Ask Madeleine

    New Boss Not Walking the Talk? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I got a new boss about six months ago and I have been watching and waiting to see how he is going to pan out. So far, so good, I think—except for one thing that is really burning...

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  • Don’t Forget Coaching When Transitioning New Leaders

    Don’t Forget Coaching When Transitioning New Leaders

    Between 50 and 70 percent of executives fail within the first 18 months of being placed in an executive role, whether they are promoted from within or hired from outside the organization,...

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  • Depression Possibly Triggered by Work? Ask Madeleine

    Depression Possibly Triggered by Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am terrible at my job and it is only a matter of time before I get fired. I don’t like any of my direct reports. I am supposed to do one-on-ones with them, but I find them so...

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  • The 1 Factor That Determines How Hard Your Team Works

    The 1 Factor That Determines How Hard Your Team Works

    High performing teams are a joy to watch, aren’t they? Team members are committed to the team’s purpose, each other, and work seamlessly together to achieve the team’s goal. Each person knows his...

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  • Feeling Overwhelmed in a New Role? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Overwhelmed in a New Role? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I recently took a director level job with a huge Fortune 50 organization. I have been thrown into the deep end and I am worried about completely bombing out. I have had zero...

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  • Leaders, Use this Approach for Better Employee Accountability

    Leaders, Use this Approach for Better Employee Accountability

    In his work consulting with business leaders at top organizations around the world, best-selling author Ken Blanchard explains that for best results, leaders need to combine a focus on people with...

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  • One of Your Direct Reports Seems Emotionally Unstable? Ask Madeleine

    One of Your Direct Reports Seems Emotionally Unstable? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior leader in a large nonprofit. My big struggle is with one employee who seems emotionally unstable. One day she is completely reasonable and easygoing, and the next she...

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  • Are Your Creatives Making You Cranky? Ask Madeleine

    Are Your Creatives Making You Cranky? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I head up one of several R&D teams at a global consumer goods company. My team is amazing—brilliant, eccentric, creative, fun people who are blowing away their goals. (It takes a...

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  • Servant Leadership: It’s Time for a New Leadership Model

    Servant Leadership: It’s Time for a New Leadership Model

    Too many leaders have been conditioned to think of leadership only in terms of power and control. But there is a better way to lead, says best-selling business author Ken Blanchard—one that...

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  • Is One of Your Direct Reports Out of Touch with Reality?  Ask Madeleine

    Is One of Your Direct Reports Out of Touch with Reality?  Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a new manager. I have twelve folks reporting to me and it is going perfectly, except for one person (I will call him “A”). There seems to be a fundamental disconnect between...

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