Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Feeling Overwhelmed Managing the Work of Others? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Overwhelmed Managing the Work of Others? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an attorney in a government office. I was just promoted and have inherited four new direct reports. Although I have trained interns in the past, I am feeling overwhelmed with...

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  • 4 Keys to Realizing Your Authentic Leadership Presence

    4 Keys to Realizing Your Authentic Leadership Presence

    In my role as an organizational coach, leadership presence is a frequent topic of discussion with executive clients and leaders who are striving to reach a desired position within their companies....

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  • Feeling Judged as a “Working Mom”? Ask Madeleine

    Feeling Judged as a “Working Mom”? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am an executive vice president at a large, fast-moving communications company. I started here as an intern. I love this company, my job, and my team—but most of all, I love to...

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  • 4 Steps to Authentic Behavior Change

    4 Steps to Authentic Behavior Change

    A new year is upon us. For many people, this time of year represents “out with the old, in with the new”—a new start or a new opportunity. I believe right now is the best time for self-reflection...

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  • Don’t Feel Like Making New Year’s Resolutions? Ask Madeleine

    Don’t Feel Like Making New Year’s Resolutions? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I hate New Year’s resolutions and I don’t feel like making any this year. I have had some success with them in the past, but this year I just feel overwhelmed with everything I...

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  • 2020 Leadership Development Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

    2020 Leadership Development Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

    Scott Blanchard shares key takeaways from The Ken Blanchard Companies 2020 HR L&D Trend Survey.

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  • “People Think You’re Having an Affair at Work?” Ask Madeleine Top Questions of 2019

    “People Think You’re Having an Affair at Work?” Ask Madeleine Top Questions of 2019

    Each week, Ask Madeleine columnist Madeleine Blanchard answers reader’s questions about pressing problems at work. Here are the most viewed questions of 2019 while Madeleine is on holiday...

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  • Benchmarking Team Performance: How Would Your Team Score In These Four Areas?

    Benchmarking Team Performance: How Would Your Team Score In These Four Areas?

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  • Can’t Get People to Change? Ask Madeleine

    Can’t Get People to Change? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior leader in a mid-sized organization. I introduced a new strategic approach to the organization about six months ago. In some parts of the organization, things are...

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  • 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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