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  • Working at Home a Challenge? Ask Madeleine

    Working at Home a Challenge? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, The COVID-19 pandemic has been such a disruption over the past couple of weeks. At work, all travel has been put on an indefinite hold, all training classes and in-person meetings...

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  • Health Concerns about Working Instead of Staying Home? Ask Madeleine

    Health Concerns about Working Instead of Staying Home? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am the GM for a small brewery that has been shut down during the COVID-19 crisis as non-essential. However, the owner believes it is still worthwhile to stay open to serve...

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  • Trying to Manage Your Reaction to Coronavirus? Ask Madeleine

    Trying to Manage Your Reaction to Coronavirus? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work as a marketing director at a medium-sized firm and I’m a longtime reader of your column. My company reacted quickly to the warnings about COVID-19 and sent all of us home...

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  • The Importance of Leading with Gratitude, with Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

    The Importance of Leading with Gratitude, with Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

    After surveying more than one million employees from a wide range of organizations, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton have found that leading with gratitude is the easiest, fastest, least expensive...

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  • 5 Concerns Employees Will Have After Reading a Coronavirus Contingency Statement

    5 Concerns Employees Will Have After Reading a Coronavirus Contingency Statement

    Organizations are quickly releasing policy statements as part of their contingency response to the coronavirus outbreak around the world. In addition to having well thought out strategies, it’s...

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  • 7 Steps to Virtual Training Success

    7 Steps to Virtual Training Success

    Venturing into virtual territory without a road map for success can lead to a bumpy and uncertain journey. Although virtual delivery differs from classroom delivery, there are similarities. A few...

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  • Making the Digital Learning Shift with Leadership Development

    Making the Digital Learning Shift with Leadership Development

    Historically, leadership development has been the one “vertical” within traditional learning and development curriculums that was immune to digitalization. Training and workshops had to be face to...

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  • Feeling Anxious? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Anxious? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I need your advice. The coronavirus is really putting everyone in my office on edge. Clients are canceling bookings. Executives are calling emergency meetings to try to figure out...

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  • Overlooked at Work?  Ask Madeleine

    Overlooked at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a very quiet person, not so much shy as simply quiet. I am interested in people but have almost no need to be interesting to others. Social events aren’t hard for me, except...

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  • Making Sense of Today’s Learning Technologies

    Making Sense of Today’s Learning Technologies

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  • Just Realized You’re Biased? Ask Madeleine

    Just Realized You’re Biased? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am biased. I thought for the longest time that I wasn’t, but it has become clear to me that I am. I realize I am biased against certain types of people. My biases are not...

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  • 9 Frequently Asked L&D Questions about Creating Learning Journeys

    9 Frequently Asked L&D Questions about Creating Learning Journeys

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  • Learn How to Master Your Motivation with Susan Fowler

    Learn How to Master Your Motivation with Susan Fowler

    Do you ever wonder why you reach some goals easily and struggle with others? In her latest book, Master Your Motivation, Susan Fowler explains the three scientific truths behind motivation that...

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  • Got a Leadership Question? Ask Madeleine

    Got a Leadership Question? Ask Madeleine

    We’ve just celebrated the fifth anniversary of this blog. My goal has been to host an advice column for you, the well-intentioned manager. Over the past five years we’ve looked at over 200...

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  • 5 Strategies for Surfacing and Resolving Concerns about Change

    5 Strategies for Surfacing and Resolving Concerns about Change

    Constant change is a way of life in organizations today. How do managers and leaders cope with the barrage of changes that confront them daily as they attempt to keep their organizations adaptive...

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  • Your New Boss is Nuts? Ask Madeleine

    Your New Boss is Nuts? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been working for the internet arm of a retail company for almost twenty years. When I started, we were truly innovating with the speed and fierceness of a startup. I was...

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  • Organizational Growth Requires a Balancing Act

    Organizational Growth Requires a Balancing Act

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  • 5 Reasons You Need an Accountability Partner

    5 Reasons You Need an Accountability Partner

    Most people will agree that ongoing professional growth and development is important. That said, most people also know it can be quite challenging to establish new skills and behaviors. Competing...

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  • Direct Reports Think You’re Mean? Ask Madeleine

    Direct Reports Think You’re Mean? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been a manager for many years. I came up through the ranks and have been steadily promoted because of my technical and analytical skills—also, because I am almost always...

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  • Learn How to Play The Infinite Game with Tips from Simon Sinek’s Latest Book

    Learn How to Play The Infinite Game with Tips from Simon Sinek’s Latest Book

    How do people who are comfortable with finite games like football or chess learn to flourish in a world that operates with an infinite mindset? In his latest book, The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek...

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