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Six Tips for Choosing a Mentor, or a Coach, or Both!

This Coaching Tuesday guest post is by Judith Donin. I recently found myself sitting beside a young entrepreneur on a flight, and we started chatting. His business was at a crossroads and he was seeking a mentor for help getting unstuck. When he noticed my study books, the topic turned to coaching. Then he asked me…

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Ask Madeleine: The Top Five of 2015

Ask Madeleine is on holiday break this week.  Coaching expert Madeleine Blanchard will return to answer a new set of questions about workplace challenges on January 2.  In case you missed them, here are the five most viewed questions Madeleine answered in 2015. #5.  My Boss Is a Jerk Dear Madeleine, My boss is a total jerk.…

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Dealing with a Challenging Employee: Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I have an employee who is borderline insubordinate and unquestionably insolent. The issue is that she is a hot-and-cold employee—possibly suffering from depression. Instead of listening when I try to help her with her challenges at work, she verbally attacks me. How do I supervise someone who is hostile one day and yet…

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Can Anyone Be A Coach? 4 Common Myths and Misconceptions

Over the last several days I’ve been working with a really wonderful client who offers their entire leader population all sorts of phenomenal development opportunities—including coaching skills training. While everyone agrees that coaching is a good thing, there is disagreement about how, when, and where coaching should be applied. Here are some myths and misconceptions…

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The Ultimate Coaching Question

During our recent 2015 Blanchard Summit, we were lucky to have Mike Rognlien from Facebook conduct one of our client sessions. Mike said a couple of things that really stuck with me, including how if you see a problem, it is your job to solve it. If all you do is complain about it, you…

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Dos and Don’ts for Dealing with a Disillusioned Direct Report

People cycle through four predictable stages when presented with a new task or goal at work. If it’s something they’ve never done before, they’ll usually start out as an enthusiastic beginner—full of confidence but short on experience. This is followed by a dip in commitment and competence as the challenge of learning something new settles…