Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Can’t Keep Covering for a Direct Report? Ask Madeleine

    Can’t Keep Covering for a Direct Report? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a regional VP for a global services company. I get excellent performance reviews, have been promoted regularly, and have had some employees tell me I’m the best boss they’ve...

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  • Is Your Organization High Performing? A Quick Quiz

    Is Your Organization High Performing? A Quick Quiz

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  • Stepping into a Big Mess as a New Manager? Ask Madeleine

    Stepping into a Big Mess as a New Manager? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I started a new job as a senior leader for a large manufacturing firm about four months ago—and I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the disaster I’ve walked into. All I heard...

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  • Crafting Your Own Personal SWOT Matrix

    Crafting Your Own Personal SWOT Matrix

    During my time as a coach, I have often utilized SWOT analyses to help teams analyze their organization’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. This is a simple, user-friendly method...

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  • Concerned about a Difficult Employee? Ask Madeleine

    Concerned about a Difficult Employee? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have an employee who hates me. I have been supervising and managing people for 25 years and this has never happened to me before. I’ve been to training classes, attended...

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  • Leading Effectively from Start-up Growth to Maturity: Identifying the Four Stages of Development

    Leading Effectively from Start-up Growth to Maturity: Identifying the Four Stages of Development

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  • 4 Coaching Steps toward Work/Life Balance

    4 Coaching Steps toward Work/Life Balance

    A common topic in my coaching sessions is work/life balance. Heavy workloads, daily abundance of emails, competing deadlines, required meetings, and other concerns can be so overwhelming that work...

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  • Older Direct Report Doesn’t Respect You as Their Younger Manager?  Ask Madeleine

    Older Direct Report Doesn’t Respect You as Their Younger Manager? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am 25, super organized, and I have no problem being direct. On the CliftonStrengths® assessment I come out as having high self-assurance. People just assume I am in charge even...

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  • Thinking about Tattling on a Colleague? Ask Madeleine

    Thinking about Tattling on a Colleague? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a very matrixed organization. My actual boss works remotely and I seldom interact with him one-on-one, but we have a team lead on every project. In my work group, we all...

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  • How Values Unify and Enhance—Especially During Tough Times

    How Values Unify and Enhance—Especially During Tough Times

    Common organization values help to unify a company culture

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  • Bosses Are Trash-Talking Each Other? Ask Madeleine

    Bosses Are Trash-Talking Each Other? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work for a small company in a small city. I really like my job, but the atmosphere in my office is so toxic I am not sure I can live with it. This is my first real job. My...

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  • Not Sure Where to Start in a New Senior Role? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure Where to Start in a New Senior Role? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, About three months ago, I was promoted to COO in my organization. I wasn’t expecting it—a lot of changes happened at once. A large group of people were fired and the next thing I...

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  • Resilience at Work—Focus on Thriving, Not Just Surviving

    Resilience at Work—Focus on Thriving, Not Just Surviving

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  • Lost Your Voice with Your Team?  Ask Madeleine

    Lost Your Voice with Your Team? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior executive with a lot of experience who is on the leadership team of my organization. I have a problem I’ve never had before, which has been developing over the last...

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  • Finding Your Significant Purpose

    Finding Your Significant Purpose

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  • Behind on Your 2019 Goals and Feel Like a Loser? Ask Madeleine

    Behind on Your 2019 Goals and Feel Like a Loser? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am so frustrated with myself. At the beginning of the year I set a whole bunch of goals. Then Q1 whooshed by and guess what I have done? Nothing. I stayed really focused for...

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  • 4 Steps to Escape From Your Leadership Prison Cell

    4 Steps to Escape From Your Leadership Prison Cell

    I recently spent time at Alcatraz…as a tourist, of course. The old federal penitentiary hasn’t housed prisoners since 1963. As a history nerd it was fascinating to walk the same halls as some of...

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  • Too Many Demands for Your Time? Ask Madeleine

    Too Many Demands for Your Time? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, What should I do about all of the requests I get from people who want to “pick my brain” or schedule an informational interview? My friends’ kids are all reaching the age where...

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  • 4 Keys to Great Customer Service

    4 Keys to Great Customer Service

    Think of a time when you experienced truly excellent service. It may take you a few minutes—I don’t mind waiting. Got it? Now compare that to a time when the service you received was just...

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  • Stop Being Perfect at Work

    Stop Being Perfect at Work

    I’ve been coaching executives for about six years now. Recently I was working with a leader who proudly identified himself as a perfectionist. He considered it a badge of honor that he routinely...

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