Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • 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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  • Feeling Stuck in Your Current Job? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Stuck in Your Current Job? Ask Madeleine

    Hi Madeleine, Earlier this year I joined a consulting firm that works with companies in my previous industry. I had taken a break to get a management degree and got a taste of consulting doing an...

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  • 2019 Learning & Development Trends—10 Expert Predictions

    2019 Learning & Development Trends—10 Expert Predictions

    2019 is right around the corner.  What are the top issues leadership, learning, and talent development professionals will be facing in the coming year? 10 industry experts have identified some of...

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  • Worried You’re Too Serious? Ask Madeleine

    Worried You’re Too Serious? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am serious person. I was a serious child, raised by very thoughtful and serious immigrant parents. I have always had high expectations and standards for myself. I am now a...

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  • Coworker Is Jealous of You? Ask Madeleine

    Coworker Is Jealous of You? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I spent a decade of my career at a very sexy, high profile tech company and rose to a senior position. I worked 24/7 and my commute was a horror show. When my kids were little, my...

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  • Doing All the Work Yourself? Ask Madeleine

    Doing All the Work Yourself? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I lead a team in a large organization. I stepped in as an interim leader when my boss went out on leave—but he never came back. At this point, my challenge is that I need to...

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  • 4 Key Elements of Emotional Intelligence—A Coach’s Perspective

    4 Key Elements of Emotional Intelligence—A Coach’s Perspective

    Everyone experiences emotions—happy, sad, angry, afraid, ashamed, etc. Emotions can move you forward or hold you back. Your reactions to others’ emotions can positively enhance a relationship or...

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  • Measuring the Impact of Leadership Training

    Measuring the Impact of Leadership Training

    Does training really work? “If we as leadership, learning, and development professionals can’t answer that question with an enthusiastic yes, we’re all in trouble,” says Dr. Paul Leone, ROI expert...

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  • Stepping on Toes While Pursuing Change? Ask Madeleine

    Stepping on Toes While Pursuing Change? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work for the tax collector’s office at my local county tax agency. The bulk of my efforts go to facilitating change into that environment. I am a career-driven person and I am...

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  • Anxious about Applying for a New Job? Ask Madeleine

    Anxious about Applying for a New Job? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I’ve had my eye on a position that might be opening in my company. It would be a big step for me, but I think this is the job I have always wanted. My problem is that the minute I...

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  • The Top 5 Characteristics of Servant Leaders

    The Top 5 Characteristics of Servant Leaders

    In their academic paper Identifying Primary Characteristics of Servant Leadership, researchers Adam Focht and Michael Ponton share the results of a Delphi study they conducted with scholars in the...

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  • Business Partner Treating You Like an Employee?  Ask Madeleine

    Business Partner Treating You Like an Employee?  Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I started a business with my best friend about ten years ago after the real estate bubble burst and we were both laid off from our financial services business.  Against...

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  • Feel Like You’ve Been Demoted? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Like You’ve Been Demoted? Ask Madeleine

    Hi Madeleine, I have been working for over 15 years in my field and have moved up the ranks. In my last role I was a manager.  Six months ago, I left my old job and moved to a company that had a...

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  • Not Sure How to Handle a Possible Harassment Issue? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure How to Handle a Possible Harassment Issue? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine,  I have been assigned to handle a new team and we are currently in the developmental stage. Yesterday as I did a few one-on-one sessions, one of the new hires on my team (let’s...

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  • What to Look for When Building a Servant Leadership Curriculum

    What to Look for When Building a Servant Leadership Curriculum

    “Building a servant leadership curriculum begins by identifying the attitudes, skills, and behaviors of a servant leader,” says Vicki Halsey, vice president of applied learning for The Ken...

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  • Doing the Work of Two People? Need Help? Ask Madeleine

    Doing the Work of Two People? Need Help? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work as a training manager in a large organization. Two years ago my boss was let go. Since then, I have been doing both her job and my old job. I like my current boss (formerly...

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  • 3 Ways to Combat Perfectionism

    3 Ways to Combat Perfectionism

    When a person goes through leadership coaching it often includes some kind of evaluation, such as a 360-degree assessment. Debriefing the assessment results is typically done during one of the...

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