Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Trying to Have a Life in Addition to Work? Ask Madeleine

    Trying to Have a Life in Addition to Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an entrepreneur trying to grow my business while trying to also have a life. I know I have some bad habits that I should probably correct and I want to develop good habits...

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  • 4 Ways to Provide Individual Attention Like a Coach

    4 Ways to Provide Individual Attention Like a Coach

    For most, if not all organizations, their employees are their number one asset. This makes the wellbeing, the engagement of employees very important. Why?  Because engaged employees are passionate...

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  • Feeling Anxious at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Anxious at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I’m a mid-level manager with a large team. My boss pretty much leaves me on my own to get my job done. He knows he can trust me. My problem is that I am constantly anxious about my...

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  • Goal Setting, Mental Toughness, and the Manager’s Role

    Goal Setting, Mental Toughness, and the Manager’s Role

    Best-selling business author Scott Blanchard says managers who are effective at goal setting with their people keep two things in mind: The big picture—why we are doing it and what matters about...

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  • New Manager Doesn’t Have a Clue? Ask Madeleine

    New Manager Doesn’t Have a Clue? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, After years of working under a very bright, well organized manager who communicated clearly, I now have a new manager who is—well, a twit. He was a new hire who managed another...

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  • 4 Tips to Make Sure You Really Want to Say “Yes”

    4 Tips to Make Sure You Really Want to Say “Yes”

    Perhaps, like me, you suffer from the inability to say the word no. As soon as I hear “You are so good at…” or “We really need you…,” I am captured in the web of overcommitment and the stress that...

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  • Does Being Negative and Critical Increase Your Leadership Power?

    Does Being Negative and Critical Increase Your Leadership Power?

    If you’ve ever wondered why so many negative and critical leaders seem to rise to power, recent research sheds a little light on the cause. It turns out that even though we say we want...

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  • Direct Report Driving You to the Breaking Point? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Report Driving You to the Breaking Point? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have a high-stress technical job serving the sales department of a professional services company. I have one direct report I am struggling with. Everything is an emotional event...

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  • Direct Report Doesn’t Want to Do Their Job? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Report Doesn’t Want to Do Their Job? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I just read your article entitled 7 Tips for Letting Go as a Manager on Blanchard LeaderChat.  I have a very simple question, but it’s one I have been struggling with: How do you...

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  • 7 Tips for Letting Go as a Manager

    7 Tips for Letting Go as a Manager

    Delegation and control are common topics with my coaching clients. They recognize the importance of delegation and how it can serve them, but some still struggle with letting go. In order to free...

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  • Thinking about Becoming a Professional Coach? Ask Madeleine

    Thinking about Becoming a Professional Coach? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I started my career in marketing and had some great jobs, but I really became interested in the people side of things after being trained in communication and working in teams.  My...

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  • Is managing really different today than it was four decades ago?

    Is managing really different today than it was four decades ago?

    In his seminal 1973 book, The Nature of Managerial Work, Henry Mintzberg proposed ten roles that define the day-to-day activities of a manager. They are: Figurehead, Leader, Liaison, Monitor,...

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  • Ken Blanchard on Leading at a Higher Level

    Ken Blanchard on Leading at a Higher Level

    The new, completely updated, third edition of Ken Blanchard’s perennial bestseller, Leading at a Higher Level, was released just last month. The first edition came out in 2006 and featured the...

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  • Co-Worker Getting Under Your Skin? Ask Madeleine

    Co-Worker Getting Under Your Skin? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a professional services firm and we have an open-space concept. Almost everyone is on the phone all day or reading complicated documents. We have one assistant who...

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  • Not Sure about New Year’s Resolutions? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure about New Year’s Resolutions? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, What is your opinion about New Year’s resolutions? I have a list of goals as long as my arm for the New Year, and I realize I am probably overdoing it. How do I know how much is...

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  • Feeling Overwhelmed at Work and Home This Holiday Season? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Overwhelmed at Work and Home This Holiday Season? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I always get a little overwhelmed during the holiday season, but this year I am at the brink. I have a big team at work and I usually try to create some kind of fun event for...

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  • Need Help with Your People Skills? Ask Madeleine

    Need Help with Your People Skills? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have a good relationship with my boss. We communicate well and I admire him a lot. Over the last two years, he’s the one who has helped me learn the job and tackle problems. This...

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  • Tired of Listening to Your Direct Reports? Ask Madeleine

    Tired of Listening to Your Direct Reports? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, My problem is that my people—not all of them, but enough—are extremely needy. They come to talk to me and they take up hours of my time. They talk about their kids, their lives,...

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  • New eBook Available: Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training

    New eBook Available: Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training

    One of the biggest challenges leadership, learning, and talent development professionals face when they propose a new training and development program is convincing senior executives of the...

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  • Are You Taking the Time to Connect? A Coach’s Story

    Are You Taking the Time to Connect? A Coach’s Story

    When you are a coach who works with leaders from all walks of life, you begin to notice patterns. One pattern I’ve noticed is that about one-third of the leaders I work with consider connecting...

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