Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Talking to An Employee about Body Odor? Ask Madeleine

    Talking to An Employee about Body Odor? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a branch manager for a regional bank. We are a small crew, and everyone reports into me. Things run smoothly for the most part. I have one team member—an older woman—who has...

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  • Overcoming Assumed Constraints: Activating Your Points of Power

    Overcoming Assumed Constraints: Activating Your Points of Power

    We all want to achieve our professional dreams, but a lot of stuff can get in the way. Often, we label that stuff as a blocker to success, whether it’s an external factor (e.g., no time, no money,...

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  • Engaging in Your Employees’ Development

    Engaging in Your Employees’ Development

    Most companies want their employees to continue to grow and develop because they know employee growth benefits not only the individual but also the organization. For example, how would...

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  • Losing Your Temper and Don’t Know Why? Ask Madeleine

    Losing Your Temper and Don’t Know Why? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior manager. I like my company, I like my job, and I like my team. I have always received good performance reviews and my boss thinks I can do no wrong. I feel lucky, all...

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  • Stepping Boldly into 2021

    Stepping Boldly into 2021

    Scott Blanchard shares suggested action steps for the content, design, and measurement of leadership development programs heading into 2021.

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  • Disappointed You Didn’t Achieve Your Goals? Ask Madeleine

    Disappointed You Didn’t Achieve Your Goals? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been reflecting on 2020 and have just read the document with my goals for the year. I may laugh someday, but right now I am sad and demoralized. I accomplished literally not...

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  • Ask Madeleine: The Top 5 of 2020

    Ask Madeleine: The Top 5 of 2020

    2020 was quite a year 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 story of the year we’ve...

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  • An Open Letter to L&D Leaders: Reflections on the 2021 Trends Report

    An Open Letter to L&D Leaders: Reflections on the 2021 Trends Report

    Presenting the results of our 2021 Blanchard HR / L&D Trends Report in a recent webinar was a surprisingly moving experience for me. More than 1,000 L&D professionals participated in this year’s...

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  • Feel Like You’re Dying in Silence? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Like You’re Dying in Silence? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I just read your column Feeling Overwhelmed in a New Role and I find myself in the exact same position. I recently took a role as manager, and on week one I started getting emails...

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  • The Three Secrets of the One Minute Manager—Classic Skills for a New Workplace Reality

    The Three Secrets of the One Minute Manager—Classic Skills for a New Workplace Reality

    Ken Blanchard shares how the principles of The One Minute Manager apply in today's remote work environment.

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  • Virtual Training Tools and Templates with Cindy Huggett

    Virtual Training Tools and Templates with Cindy Huggett

    If you are a member of the L&D community, undoubtedly you’ve been delivering virtual training this year—and you are probably looking for ways to improve the experience for yourself and your...

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  • Afraid of Mistakes When Delegating Work to Others? Ask Madeleine

    Afraid of Mistakes When Delegating Work to Others? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I’ve been managing a couple of teams located around the globe. Recently, our business has exploded, and I find that I am losing control of things. My question is: how do I help my...

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  • New Leader Burning You Out?  Ask Madeleine

    New Leader Burning You Out? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work as a senior manager reporting to a new EVP who was brought in from outside the company. She has a lot less experience than I do. She constantly talks about how strategic she...

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  • Learning and Development Trends for 2021

    Learning and Development Trends for 2021

    Jay Campbell of The Ken Blanchard Companies shares initial results of the 2021 HR L&D Trend Survey from over 1,000 leadership, learning, and talent development professionals.

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  • Trouble Making Decisions? (Part Two) Ask Madeleine

    Trouble Making Decisions? (Part Two) Ask Madeleine

    Today’s blog covers the promised Part Two from last week’s blog post. If you missed it and want to see the whole letter and the context, click here. Here’s the part of the letter, signed...

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  • Entry Level Boss with Alexa Shoen

    Entry Level Boss with Alexa Shoen

    Trying to land your first job or find your dream job? #ENTRYLEVELBOSS—part memoir, part playbook—lays out an easy-to-follow plan that will get you on the right path quickly. Based on her personal...

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  • Trouble Making Decisions? Ask Madeleine

    Trouble Making Decisions? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am in a high potential program at a large global company and am being considered for fast track promotion. As part of the program, everyone did a battery of assessments. I have...

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  • Developing Your Leadership Point of View

    Developing Your Leadership Point of View

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  • Just Realized Your Old Boss Was a Bully? Ask Madeleine

    Just Realized Your Old Boss Was a Bully? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been on sick leave for the last few months. Before that, I worked as an essential medical worker—administrative, not patient care—in a big city. It was intense. We had big...

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  • New Assignment in a Foreign Country Going Poorly? Ask Madeleine

    New Assignment in a Foreign Country Going Poorly? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am the director of an experimental data analytics group for a global software company. I am an engineer and am good at starting things. I drew the short straw on a job that at...

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