Blanchard LeaderChat

A Forum to Discuss Leadership and Management Issues

  • 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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  • Think You Made a Terrible Hiring Mistake? Ask Madeleine

    Think You Made a Terrible Hiring Mistake? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I recently hired a new member for my team. She was great in the many rounds of interviews, seemed to have the skills we needed, and was unanimously the first choice of the hiring...

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  • Getting Started with New Leadership Habits

    Getting Started with New Leadership Habits

    Learning something new is both exciting and challenging. Unfortunately, a lot of good ideas never survive to become new behaviors because we forget to address the realities of creating new habits.

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  • Generative AI: Separating Truth from Hyperbole

    Generative AI: Separating Truth from Hyperbole

    We are the ones who have ultimate control over AI. It is up to us to figure out how to make it do the work we need it to do says April Hennessey.

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  • Obsessing Over Losing Your Job? Ask Madeleine

    Obsessing Over Losing Your Job? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I was let go from my last job due to a massive reorganization. I didn’t like it, but my entire department was eliminated so I didn’t take it personally. I got a new job soon...

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  • Dear Next-Gen Leaders: Use AI to Empower and Inspire

    Dear Next-Gen Leaders: Use AI to Empower and Inspire

    People often fear what they don’t understand or feel they can’t control says Lara Dollens.

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  • 3 Skills for Becoming a Best Boss

    3 Skills for Becoming a Best Boss

    When you learn how to adjust your leadership style to match the needs of your people, you will become a trusted leader they will remember as one of their best bosses says Randy Conley.

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  • One of Your Managers Is Nasty to His People? Ask Madeleine

    One of Your Managers Is Nasty to His People? Ask Madeleine

    Dear Madeleine, I have been a student of leadership ever since I became a supervisor in my first job in the early 90s. I am now a VP of services for a collection of call centers across the UK. I...

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