Madeleine Homan Blanchard

Madeleine Homan Blanchard is a Master Certified Coach and cofounder of Blanchard Coaching Services. She is coauthor of Blanchard’s Coaching Essentials training program, and several books including Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest, Coaching in Organizations, and Coaching for Leadership.

  • Daily Back-to-Back Meetings Have You Fried? Ask Madeleine

    Daily Back-to-Back Meetings Have You Fried? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a small team in a big company. Here is my problem. I start my day at 7 a.m. with a meeting, and then my entire day is back-to-back meetings. Almost every meeting generates...

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  • Dealing with a Toxic Boss? Ask Madeleine

    Dealing with a Toxic Boss? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, My boss is just awful. He is the son of a friend of the owner, and the owner has no idea how he treats people. Although he comes from a company in our industry, where he was the...

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  • Influential Coworker Making You Crazy? Ask Madeleine

    Influential Coworker Making You Crazy? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I just read one of your past columns entitled Latest Team Member Causing Chaos? I recognized the person as what I call HOF—“Hair On Fire”—and we have someone like that at our...

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  • Promotion Seems Like a Deal with the Devil? Ask Madeleine

    Promotion Seems Like a Deal with the Devil? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work for a large publishing company. I started here because my dream is to someday be a published author, so I thought I would at least be in the industry. I have been here for...

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  • Myths and Truths about Goal Setting

    Myths and Truths about Goal Setting

    So much of the instruction relating to goal setting makes it sound so simple—so when people fail, they assume they didn’t do it right says Madeleine Blanchard.

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  • Making Change without Breaking Things? Ask Madeleine

    Making Change without Breaking Things? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am the CEO of a mid-sized business. I was the COO for many years and stepped into the CEO role six months ago. The good news is that the business is in good shape—there is a high...

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  • Working from Home and Feeling Left Out? Ask Madeleine

    Working from Home and Feeling Left Out? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work on a team where I am the only member who is remote. Pre-Covid we all worked together at the office, but during the shutdown I took advantage of my company’s remote-work...

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  • Hired the Boss’s Son? Ask Madeleine

    Hired the Boss’s Son? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a large global organisation. The president for EMEA (UK and all of Western Europe) is my boss’s boss. I recently hired his son into my team. He gave a good interview and...

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  • Concerns about an Upcoming Performance Review? Ask Madeleine

    Concerns about an Upcoming Performance Review? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a global team of extremely talented scientists. It is clear how the work we do benefits our organization. I got a new boss about nine months ago, and I’m pretty sure my...

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  • A Beautiful Way to Wrap Up Your Year

    A Beautiful Way to Wrap Up Your Year

    The end of one year, and the start of another, provides the perfect opportunity for reflection says master certified coach Madeleine Homan Blanchard.

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  • Coworker Comment Caught You Off Guard? Ask Madeleine

    Coworker Comment Caught You Off Guard? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a senior sales manager in a mid-sized company. I love the company, the work we do, and the people. I have been identified as a high potential. My team always hits goal, I get...

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  • Accountability Issue with a Team Member? Ask Madeleine

    Accountability Issue with a Team Member? Ask Madeleine

    This letter came to Lucy Dannewitz and me as a result of our podcast, “Leaders Who Influence,” in Blanchard Community. Blanchard Community is a space created for all who are interested in...

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  • Don’t Want to Overcommit? Ask Madeleine

    Don’t Want to Overcommit? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work in a call center that delivers customer service for highly technical products. I have been a supervisor for about six months. I have a great manager and a great team. My...

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  • Dealing with a Mean Boss? Ask Madeleine

    Dealing with a Mean Boss? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a financial analyst and have always been very good with numbers. I am young and this is my first job out of college. I was happy to get the job. My problem is that my boss is...

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  • No Way You Can Maintain Current Work Pace? Ask Madeleine

    No Way You Can Maintain Current Work Pace? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a mid-level manager in a global software company. I have been working here for about ten years and I lead three teams. Right now I am working with my manager on our goals for...

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  • People Assume You Have a Four-Year Degree but You Don’t? Ask Madeleine

    People Assume You Have a Four-Year Degree but You Don’t? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I recently started a new job. I am super interested and engaged. I think I am doing well and my manager seems thrilled. People here think I’m much older than I am, and everyone...

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  • Feel Betrayed by Your CEO’s U-Turn on Working from Home? Ask Madeleine

    Feel Betrayed by Your CEO’s U-Turn on Working from Home? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I love my job and I am good at it. When the COVID lockdown was settling in for a then-unknown period of time and everyone in my company was working from home, my partner and I took...

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  • At a Crossroads Late in Your Career? Ask Madeleine

    At a Crossroads Late in Your Career? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am at a crossroads in my career. I am 63 years old and have held positions of plant manager and operations manager. I currently serve as director of operations at a company that...

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  • Not Sure How to Exceed Expectations with Your Boss? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure How to Exceed Expectations with Your Boss? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I lead a team that provides services to the professionals in my company. In my last performance review, my boss told me I needed to find new ways to add value to the organization....

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  • Life Issues Making You Less Effective at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Life Issues Making You Less Effective at Work? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have always been good at dealing with stress in my personal life—difficult pregnancies, a special-needs child, and parents requiring help. But now I am going through a...

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