Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Not Connecting with One of Your Direct Reports? Ask Madeleine

    Not Connecting with One of Your Direct Reports? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, What do I do if I just can’t connect with one of my direct reports? I was recently promoted and inherited a whole new team in addition to the one I had before. The team is good and...

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  • What My 3-Year-Old Taught Me about Goal Setting

    What My 3-Year-Old Taught Me about Goal Setting

    The art of leadership has many parallels to the art of parenting. Both will stretch you, teach you, and—like it or not!—keep you humble says Courtney Harrison.

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  • Don’t Let Power Dynamics Derail Work Communications

    Don’t Let Power Dynamics Derail Work Communications

    Leaders can learn to carry their authority in a way that lifts, rather than lowers, the conversational capacity of their team says communication expert Craig Weber.

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  • Team Member Accused Another of Sabotaging Their Work? Ask Madeleine

    Team Member Accused Another of Sabotaging Their Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage three large global teams. They do similar customer service, but for different product lines. They all have very seasoned team leads and produce excellent results. Our...

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  • Helping Your People Make Great Decisions

    Helping Your People Make Great Decisions

    A good leader will help their people make the right decisions until they have the experience and skills to make good choices for themselves explains leadership expert Britney Cole.

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  • Are You a Best Boss?  Four Ways to Tell

    Are You a Best Boss? Four Ways to Tell

    Leaders are facing a new world explains management expert Ann Phillips. One where leaders care, share, listen, and support performance.

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  • Needing to Be Liked Getting in Your Way? Ask Madeleine

    Needing to Be Liked Getting in Your Way? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, Is it naïve to want people to like me? I have been very successful at sales and developing partnerships in my job, partially because I am so good at knowing how to relate to people...

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  • My Journey from Toxic Leadership to Servant Leadership

    My Journey from Toxic Leadership to Servant Leadership

    You can have a good heart and still be a toxic leader, shares leadership expert Bob Freytag in this personal story.

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  • Leadership and the In-Group/Out-Group Phenomenon

    Leadership and the In-Group/Out-Group Phenomenon

    The in-group/out-group phenomenon extends far past the people you pick to be on your team says leadership expert Dr. Nicole Johnson.

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  • Want Deeper Relationships Across Your Business Network? Ask Madeleine

    Want Deeper Relationships Across Your Business Network? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have a couple of questions about networking that I was hoping you could help me with. I am pretty good at walking up to people and networking with them these days. I also message...

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  • Save Time with a One Minute Approach to Management

    Save Time with a One Minute Approach to Management

    Ken Blanchard shares how the Three Secrets of the One Minute Manager can help managers find that extra minute to bring out the best in others!

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  • Top Three Traits of Best and Worst Leaders

    Top Three Traits of Best and Worst Leaders

    Drawing on thousands of responses from the past ten years, Blanchard consultant Brent Bystedt shares the results of a telling training exercise.

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  • Not Sure You Want to Stay with Your Company? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure You Want to Stay with Your Company? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a small team for a startup health and wellbeing subscription platform. I was super excited at the beginning—the founders seemed to have the right values and care about...

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  • Rewiring Your Brain to Beat Languishing

    Rewiring Your Brain to Beat Languishing

    The pandemic forced our brains to create neural connections that promoted safety. Now we need to rewire our brains to do things that bring us joy says Dr. Vicki Halsey.

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  • New Blanchard Survey Explores Top Manager Challenges

    New Blanchard Survey Explores Top Manager Challenges

    The shift to hybrid work arrangements, and heightened turnover have been adding to an already long list of managerial challenges says Jay Campbell of The Ken Blanchard Companies

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  • Boss Just Keeps Asking You to Do More and More? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Just Keeps Asking You to Do More and More? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, A few years back, I started working for a boutique real estate investment trust (REIT) company. I was inadvertently so good at it that I was made a junior partner in two years. I...

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  • Six Habits of Highly Productive People

    Six Habits of Highly Productive People

    High productivity is an intangible aspiration of the modern workplace. The trouble is, prioritizing tasks can be difficult when everything seems to be a priority says Britney Cole.

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  • Profiles in Servant Leadership

    Profiles in Servant Leadership

    Bob Freytag shares how servant leader behavior created remarkable positive cultures in some of the most demanding of work environments.

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  • Need Help with Possible Layoffs? Ask Madeleine

    Need Help with Possible Layoffs? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a talent acquisition leader with a midsize tech company. I built my team from scratch in the past year. We are a high performing team that is greatly appreciated by our...

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  • The Top Challenges You’ll Face at Each Stage of Your Leadership Journey

    The Top Challenges You’ll Face at Each Stage of Your Leadership Journey

    Whether you’re an individual contributor considering getting into management or you’re well established in your leadership journey, it’s important to be aware of common challenges you’ll face.

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