Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • 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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  • Action Trumps Intent – How to Create the Habits of Effective Leadership

    Action Trumps Intent – How to Create the Habits of Effective Leadership

    When forming new routines, it’s helpful to leverage nudges—behavioral tips and techniques—that can help you build the habits of servant leadership says Randy Conley.

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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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  • Leaders: Who Do You Think You Are?

    Leaders: Who Do You Think You Are?

    Identifying and sharing your leadership point of view is a process of discovery. The work can be challenging but it will lead to deeper, more productive relationships between you and those you lead.

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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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  • Developing Great Leadership Habits: Making Common Sense Common Practice

    Developing Great Leadership Habits: Making Common Sense Common Practice

    Leadership experts Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley are on a mission to make common sense common practice when it comes to bringing out the best in people at work.

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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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  • 3 Steps to Achieving Your 2024 Goals

    3 Steps to Achieving Your 2024 Goals

    Entire books have been written on the science of goal achievement—but it doesn’t have to be that complicated says Ken Blanchard.

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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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  • Sneak Peek at How to Align Your 2024 L&D Plans with Today’s Biggest Challenges

    Sneak Peek at How to Align Your 2024 L&D Plans with Today’s Biggest Challenges

    Solutions architects from Blanchard’s Innovation Lab share strategies for addressing top challenges identified in 2024 HR/L&D Trends Survey.

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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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  • Banishing Fear and Feeding Innovation

    Banishing Fear and Feeding Innovation

    As a leader, you have tremendous influence in ensuring that innovation happens on your team says innovation expert Britney Cole.

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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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  • Three HR / L&D Trends to Keep An Eye On in 2024

    Three HR / L&D Trends to Keep An Eye On in 2024

    The changing business landscape will require an openness to new ideas combined with strategic adaptation and resilience says Blanchard researcher David Witt.

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  • Ask Madeleine: The Top 5 of 2023

    Ask Madeleine: The Top 5 of 2023

    The year 2023 will be remembered as a time of high managerial expectations from an in-demand workforce. Readers of Madeleine’s Advice for the Well-Intentioned Manager continued to adapt, grow, and...

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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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  • Blanchard Survey Identifies Top HR / L&D Challenges for 2024

    Blanchard Survey Identifies Top HR / L&D Challenges for 2024

    2024 challenges will require strategic planning, innovative designs, and focused application to chart a path through an ever-changing and unpredictable business landscape sys David Witt.

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