Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Co-worker Spreading Rumors About You? Ask Madeleine

    Co-worker Spreading Rumors About You? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a hospital. One of my colleagues always seizes the opportunity to slow me down or otherwise make me look bad. In addition, she makes personal comments about me and...

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  • 2020 HR and L&D Trends: 12 Expert Predictions

    2020 HR and L&D Trends: 12 Expert Predictions

    HR and L&D experts are already predicting that a changing landscape will require new thinking and strategies for the coming year. Here are 12 of the most recent predictions about changes in the work e

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  • Stuck in a Perfectionistic Loop?  Ask Madeleine

    Stuck in a Perfectionistic Loop? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am uber conscientious and a perfectionist—and I can’t seem to stop. I was promoted a year ago and have a very professional and trustworthy team, but I am addicted to reviewing...

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  • Trying to Avoid a Bad Hire? Ask Madeleine

    Trying to Avoid a Bad Hire? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have an amazing team except for one person. I’ve provided ample opportunities for this person to step up and she just isn’t picking up on them. I can’t tell what is going on. She...

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  • 4 Steps to Building a High Trust Work Environment

    4 Steps to Building a High Trust Work Environment

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  • Don’t Put Off Your Own Personal Development

    Don’t Put Off Your Own Personal Development

    Many leaders I work with know they would benefit from developing new skills but aren’t sure how to fit learning into their already packed schedule. I encourage them to think of their workplace as...

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  • Looking for Help Growing as a Leader? Ask Madeleine

    Looking for Help Growing as a Leader? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am trying to make something of myself. I am in Nigeria and have little access to opportunity. I struggle with not having a role model to look up to because of my environs and the...

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  • Manager as Coach: Honoring Personal Intuition

    Manager as Coach: Honoring Personal Intuition

    As if the job of managing people in the workplace isn’t difficult enough, add in the recurring need to coach them through challenges and issues. The skill of coaching others is not one that comes...

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  • Long-time Employee Is Timid and Skittish? Ask Madeleine

    Long-time Employee Is Timid and Skittish? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have a long-time employee named Tom who has more than 25 years’ experience in our field—but he totally lacks confidence. He is very timid in response to questions from other less...

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  • Proving the ROI of Leadership Development

    Proving the ROI of Leadership Development

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  • People Treating You Differently After an Illness? Ask Madeleine

    People Treating You Differently After an Illness? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a team in large organization. Last spring I was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer and I underwent intense and difficult chemotherapy. I worked from home and didn’t...

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  • Halloween News Flash! 4 Warning Signs Your Boss Has Been Infected by The Zombie Plague

    Halloween News Flash! 4 Warning Signs Your Boss Has Been Infected by The Zombie Plague

    Organizations around the world are reporting their leaders are turning into zombies at an alarming rate. Formerly healthy, productive, and capable leaders are falling victim to the Zombie Plague,...

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  • New to the Team and They Want You Out?  Ask Madeleine

    New to the Team and They Want You Out? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am about four months into a new job as a senior executive in a large global infrastructure company. I report directly to the EVP of Operations, who is the person who brought me...

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  • Do You Have a “Bossy Pants” on Your Team? Ask Madeleine

    Do You Have a “Bossy Pants” on Your Team? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a team at a small non-profit. One of my newer team members is constantly managing up to me (her manager) and others who have been in their jobs a lot longer than she has....

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  • One-on-One Leadership

    One-on-One Leadership

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  • Recent Hire Uses Excessive Filler Words Like, Um, “You Know”? Ask Madeleine

    Recent Hire Uses Excessive Filler Words Like, Um, “You Know”? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I supervise a number of educational professionals who are required to report to a team (including parents) regarding their evaluation. A recent hire, with more than 25 years’...

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  • Building Conversational Capacity to Address Conflict in Today’s Work Teams

    Building Conversational Capacity to Address Conflict in Today’s Work Teams

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  • Direct Report Seems to Be Overdoing it with Health Excuses? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Report Seems to Be Overdoing it with Health Excuses? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I run a very lean team and one of my people is a hypochondriac. Every week there is a new reason he needs to go to the doctor. Any cold that comes through he gets, and it is worse...

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  • Always Second-Guessing Yourself? Ask Madeleine

    Always Second-Guessing Yourself? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a ruminator. I second-guess everything I do. My wife is tired of me spending hours every night going over and over the events of the day. I work in finance and have a lot of...

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  • The Highest Performing Teams Have These 4 Mindsets

    The Highest Performing Teams Have These 4 Mindsets

    Teams are everywhere. Our organizations are made up of teams in all forms—project teams, work groups, executive, and leadership teams. Teams are not just a nice-to-have perk; they’re a major...

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