Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Inspiring Yourself When You’re Depleted

    Inspiring Yourself When You’re Depleted

    Exhaustion is in the air, but you can generate the vitality you need right now. We need first to understand why we’re all feeling depleted. There are two types of depletion: physical and...

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  • Considering Working with a Coach? Ask Madeleine

    Considering Working with a Coach? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, My company has recently started offering coaching to all managers at my level. It is optional. I have read what our HR department has posted about it, but they didn’t give much...

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  • What Are YOUR Simple Truths of Leadership?

    What Are YOUR Simple Truths of Leadership?

    Effective leadership is an influence process where leaders implement everyday, commonsense approaches that help people and organizations thrive. Yet somehow, many of these fundamental principles...

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  • Commonsense Servant Leadership Truths: Your Invitation to Join Us

    Commonsense Servant Leadership Truths: Your Invitation to Join Us

    I recently announced the February 1 publication of my new book with longtime colleague and trust expert Randy Conley, Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust....

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  • Feeling Bad Being Happy Where You Are? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Bad Being Happy Where You Are? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a veteran employee of a large, very healthy organization. I like the company and my co-workers. I’ve had plenty of advancement opportunities and I think my comp package is...

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  • 8 Keys to Re-engaging a Fatigued Workforce

    8 Keys to Re-engaging a Fatigued Workforce

    Reading about how tired we are is fatiguing. So let’s try something different. We’re built to want to be part of something that’s meaningful. We’re eager to learn. We love wrestling with a...

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  • Restoring Trust During the Pandemic

    Restoring Trust During the Pandemic

    Trust is the foundation of success, and the pandemic is putting enormous pressure on it. COVID has created a historic amount of stress and anxiety, which is testing the bonds of trust we have with...

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  • Not Sure about Blowing the Whistle? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure about Blowing the Whistle? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work for a company that required everyone to come back to the office the second week of November. I thought it was too early, and was proven right by Omicron. The company is a...

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  • Becoming a Trusted Servant Leader

    Becoming a Trusted Servant Leader

    Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley share some of the key principles from their new book, Simple Truths of Leadership.

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  • Colleague Is Edging You Out?  Ask Madeleine

    Colleague Is Edging You Out? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am senior project manager for a global construction firm. I am one of the very few women in the organization, and wouldn’t you know, my problem is with one of them. She is a peer...

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  • Embrace the “And” in 2022 – A Simple Truth Most Leaders Miss

    Embrace the “And” in 2022 – A Simple Truth Most Leaders Miss

    “Relationships And Results.” Which of those three words is most important? I posed that question to over 100 participants in a series of workshops I recently conducted for a client. As you might...

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  • Ask Madeleine: The Top 5 of 2021

    Ask Madeleine: The Top 5 of 2021

    2021 will be remembered as a year of change and it was certainly reflected in the questions Madeleine received from her readers. Here is a list of the top five most-viewed columns. They tell a...

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  • Five Ways to Carry On Through Challenging Times

    Five Ways to Carry On Through Challenging Times

    A few weeks ago, my colleague Doug Glener wrote a blog regarding the results from our company’s recent survey that involved more than 800 L&D executives, managers, and specialists. We asked them...

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  • The Five Must-Read Blanchard Leadership Posts of 2021

    The Five Must-Read Blanchard Leadership Posts of 2021

    Tis the season for lists, and we offer ours: The five must-read blogs of 2021. But our list is a little different. It shines a little light for L&D professionals trying to find their way in 2022....

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  • People Aren’t Stepping Up? Ask Madeleine

    People Aren’t Stepping Up? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I lead a team of seasoned, expert professionals in a fast-growing global company. My boss has told me in no uncertain terms that my biggest priority in the next year is to develop...

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  • Five Critical Success Factors for Learning Designs that Work: A Chat with Ann Rollins, Solutions Architect

    Five Critical Success Factors for Learning Designs that Work: A Chat with Ann Rollins, Solutions Architect

    Our world is in transition—and so is the L&D industry. That makes insight on designing effective learning experiences for a hybrid work environment invaluable. Our 2022 Trends Report, which was...

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  • L&D Alert: Least Effective Training Reinforcement Strategies Among Most Commonly Used

    L&D Alert: Least Effective Training Reinforcement Strategies Among Most Commonly Used

    As a part of The Ken Blanchard Companies’ 2022 HR / L&D Trends Survey, respondents were asked to rank the effectiveness of various training reinforcement strategies. Email Reminders/Newsletters,...

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  • Need to Look Confident and Credible? Ask Madeleine

    Need to Look Confident and Credible? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am going to start a role in a new team soon. I’m hoping you can give me some advice on how to seem confident and establish credibility. I am on the younger side and I am not a...

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  • Making an Impact with Liz Wiseman

    Making an Impact with Liz Wiseman

    Have you noticed that some people in your organization can be counted on in critical situations to consistently deliver a stellar performance? These people seem to play the game at a higher level....

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  • Survey Reveals 53% of L&D Execs Dissatisfied with Virtual Designs

    Survey Reveals 53% of L&D Execs Dissatisfied with Virtual Designs

    An ongoing challenge associated with the shift to virtual classrooms has been a perception that current virtual learning designs are not as effective as the face-to-face designs they are...

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