Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • Disappointed with a New Executive Hire? Ask Madeleine

    Disappointed with a New Executive Hire? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a regional president for a global services company. One of my executive team members recently retired, leaving rather suddenly as the result of an unexpected health issue. We...

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  • Addressing Today’s Top Learning Challenges

    Addressing Today’s Top Learning Challenges

    Blanchard thought leaders share key insights and actionable strategies for addressing four of today's top learning challenges.

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  • Need to Influence Senior Leaders about Staffing? Ask Madeleine

    Need to Influence Senior Leaders about Staffing? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I manage a team of customer support specialists. The job requires in-depth knowledge of our products (outdoor/climbing gear, some of it very technical), so we have provided a lot...

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  • Have A Reputation for Being Moody? Ask Madeleine

    Have A Reputation for Being Moody? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I run a rapidly growing not-for-profit. I put together a great board, our fundraising efforts paid off, and I have a great team. In a recent chat, my head of accounting made a...

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  • The Ripple Effect of Inclusivity: Transforming Lives and Communities

    The Ripple Effect of Inclusivity: Transforming Lives and Communities

    It doesn’t matter if your action is big or small—what matters is that you are taking the next step says Blanchard Community manager Sarah Hempel.

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  • 5 Critical Components for Creating an Inclusive Employee Experience

    5 Critical Components for Creating an Inclusive Employee Experience

    Creating an inclusive employee experience requires a comprehensive approach that spans recruitment, onboarding, promotion, mentorship, and empowerment through access.

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  • Not Sure How to Push Back Against Work that Isn’t Yours? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure How to Push Back Against Work that Isn’t Yours? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I work on a team that has had a lot of turnover in the last couple of years. Although our company is very big, over time I have learned who to call to get things done. I am now...

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  • Too Good a Listener? Ask Madeleine

    Too Good a Listener? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I had a big job and got a lot of manager training early in my working life. Then a series of events (I had a child with special needs, then another one, parents needing care,...

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  • One Surprising Way (That Nobody Tells You) a Coach Can Stand Out in a Sea of Wannabes

    One Surprising Way (That Nobody Tells You) a Coach Can Stand Out in a Sea of Wannabes

    Coaching expert Madeleine Blanchard shares the best way she has found to keep coaching top of mind for people who are drowning in a sea of information, distractions, and mental stimulation.

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  • CEO Is Making A Colossal Mistake—and You’re Holding the Bag? Ask Madeleine

    CEO Is Making A Colossal Mistake—and You’re Holding the Bag? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am the COO for a medium sized, mostly US-based specialty product business. Our CEO was always the idea guy and I was execution. Our business used to be straightforward, but we...

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  • A Modern Approach to Inclusiveness and Belonging

    A Modern Approach to Inclusiveness and Belonging

    Demonstrate your commitment to inclusion and belonging by opening up opportunities for people, promoting them before they are ready, and providing access, direction, and support along the way.

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  • Teammate Keeps Taking Credit for Your Ideas? Ask Madeleine

    Teammate Keeps Taking Credit for Your Ideas? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I was lucky to land an incredibly cool job right out of school. I am in digital marketing and work on a team that supports influencers and artists, each with their own defined...

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  • Seven Ways to Detoxify the Workplace

    Seven Ways to Detoxify the Workplace

    Detoxifying a toxic workplace is difficult, but an effective leader can create a sanctuary of decency and engagement in even the most troubling environment says Doug Glener.

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  • Not Sure You Should Be So Career Focused? Ask Madeleine

    Not Sure You Should Be So Career Focused? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I am a young professional woman in the biotech space. I started with one company right out of college and then was recruited away to the company I am with now. I double majored in...

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  • Don’t Worry About Micromanagement—This Is the Bigger Problem

    Don’t Worry About Micromanagement—This Is the Bigger Problem

    Try this proven three step process if you are serious about wanting to avoid being labeled a micromanager.

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  • Generative AI and the Future Workforce

    Generative AI and the Future Workforce

    Generative AI is here to stay. How you embrace it and build a growth mindset within your organizational culture will be the differentiator between you and other organizations says Ashley Vevoda.

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  • Afraid of Being Labeled a Micromanager? Ask Madeleine

    Afraid of Being Labeled a Micromanager? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, My company offers a lot of classes, and about six months ago I learned SLII®. I have been managing people for about a decade and honestly, learning SLII® changed everything for me....

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  • Creating an AI-Enabled Chatbot for Leadership Development

    Creating an AI-Enabled Chatbot for Leadership Development

    It still feels like early days in the LLM chatbot space and an exciting time to be experimenting with this technology for such an important purpose says Dr. Jay Campbell.

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  • Three Essential Leadership Principles

    Three Essential Leadership Principles

    Partnership, praising, and love: Practice these three principles as you lead people day by day says leadership expert Ken Blanchard.

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  • 5 Questions Professional Coaches Should Never (Ever!) Ask

    5 Questions Professional Coaches Should Never (Ever!) Ask

    One of the big differences between a good coach and a great one is their careful use of language and the quality of their questions.

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