Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Solving Problems in a Team Setting

    Solving Problems in a Team Setting

    Put two people in a room and they will eventually disagree. It's human nature. Maria Casanova shares four strategies for helping teams effectively solve problems by working together.

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  • Frustrated by All the New Software Platforms You’re Expected to Use? Ask Madeleine

    Frustrated by All the New Software Platforms You’re Expected to Use? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am at the end of my rope with all of the new software platforms my company expects me to use as part of my job. Every time I turn around, there is a new app introduced but never...

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  • Embracing Diversity

    Embracing Diversity

    Multiple generations with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences make up workforces in today’s global economy. Ken Blanchard shares how to appreciate people from all walks of life.

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  • Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Feedback

    Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Feedback

    Feedback is essential for growth and development. But before you offer feedback, be sure to check out your intentions.

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  • Hungry for Constructive Feedback? Ask Madeleine

    Hungry for Constructive Feedback? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I get no feedback. I like my job, my boss, the team I work with, and my company. At every annual review I write my own review first and my manager adds her two cents, always...

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  • Reading Digital Body Language in Virtual Meetings

    Reading Digital Body Language in Virtual Meetings

    The virtual workplace brings a challenge. Studies show that 70% to 80% of our communications in face-to-face situations come from nonverbal clues such as posture and facial expressions.

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  • Top Takeaways from This Year’s Learning Solutions Conference

    Top Takeaways from This Year’s Learning Solutions Conference

    The Ken Blanchard Companies' Chief Solutions Architect Ann Rollins shares four key takeaways from The Learning Guild's annual conference.

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  • Thinking about Giving Up and Quitting? Ask Madeleine

    Thinking about Giving Up and Quitting? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I report to a CHRO in a large global manufacturing company where I’ve worked for 15 years. About two years ago our company was sold to a group of investors, and they installed a...

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  • Overcoming Unconscious Biases

    Overcoming Unconscious Biases

    Inclusive leadership depends on seeing events, situations, and most of all people objectively. Dr. Nicole Johnson shares two common biases and how to address.

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  • Leveraging the Power of Diversity

    Leveraging the Power of Diversity

    Diverse teams generate better decisions and outcomes by leveraging varied thoughts, backgrounds, and inputs. Learn how to make team diversity your edge to being more competitive and innovative.

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  • Want to Exceed Expectations but Don’t Know How? Ask Madeleine

    Want to Exceed Expectations but Don’t Know How? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I want to be a rock star at my job. I have always been driven and ambitious—but now, a few years into a professional job after college and grad school, I find myself a bit at sea....

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  • The Self-Aware Leader: Take an Inside-Outside Approach

    The Self-Aware Leader: Take an Inside-Outside Approach

    Can someone be a great leader and not be self-aware? I believe all great leaders are self-aware. If you don’t know how your behaviors affect others, it’s difficult to lead successfully....

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  • Managing Negativity at Work

    Managing Negativity at Work

    “Between stimulus and response lies a space. In that space lie our freedom and power to choose a response. In our response lie our growth and our happiness.” This is one of my favorite quotes,...

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  • Done with Climbing the Leadership Ladder? Ask Madeleine

    Done with Climbing the Leadership Ladder? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I need your professional advice on career goals or growth. I worked in the construction industry for 25 years, starting out as an electrician and moving up to a field manager. I...

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  • Six Keys for Setting Team Priorities and Delegating

    Six Keys for Setting Team Priorities and Delegating

    The business world is only going to keep moving faster, which is forcing leaders to become increasingly adept at managing their team’s priorities and delegating tasks. But that can be a tricky...

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  • Are You a Trustworthy, Self-Aware Leader?

    Are You a Trustworthy, Self-Aware Leader?

    In our new book Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust, my coauthor, Randy Conley, and I cover a lot of topics—fifty-two, to be exact. As the subtitle...

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  • Feel Like a Fraud? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Like a Fraud? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I was recently promoted to executive vice president in a company where I started as an entry level coordinator right out of college. I took advantage of the company’s training and...

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  • Make Career Conversations a Regular Agenda Item in One-on-Ones

    Make Career Conversations a Regular Agenda Item in One-on-Ones

    Why would anyone want to be a career builder when they risk losing the people they develop? It’s a provocative question many leaders answer by not developing their people. But this strategy...

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  • Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace

    Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace

    Feeling psychologically safe in the workplace has never been more important. The storm of the past two years has generated tidal waves of competing priorities and pressing demands, all vying for...

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  • Boss Wants You to Tell People They Have to Come Back to the Office? Ask Madeleine

    Boss Wants You to Tell People They Have to Come Back to the Office? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I run a large team for a media company. The CEO has a lot of strengths but is inconsistent and often irrational. My team is constantly on the hook to respond to endless PR issues,...

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