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Are You Living Your Values? 3 Steps to Make Sure You Are On Track

When I first heard someone talk about values, I thought they were talking about things like “don’t steal” or “treat others the way you want to be treated.” I learned that values are the underlying aspirations and intentions we have for and about ourselves. A value could be a thirst for learning, a strong desire…

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5 Reasons to Take Your Vacation Time: Ask Madeleine

I’ve received various letters asking about the wisdom of taking personal time off when work is crazy busy. So in honor of July 4th—a very important holiday for those in the U.S. that falls, sadly, on a Saturday this year—I have decided to devote this week’s post to the issue of vacation time. (Spoiler alert:…

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7 Steps for Successfully Addressing Negative Behaviors

Providing feedback—especially less than positive feedback—is a task many managers dread.  But feedback is an essential part of providing the day-to-day coaching people need to succeed—especially in today’s fast-paced business environment where people at all levels are in a constant learning mode. In the new issue of Training Industry magazine best-selling business author Ken Blanchard…

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3 Ways to Recognize—and Embrace—a New Season of Life

As we go through life, we experience different personal and professional seasons that influence our daily activities. During each season, our priorities will likely change. Here’s an example. Prior to having my son, my highest priority was excelling professionally. I worked all the time. I devoted 125 percent of my energy to my professional responsibilities.…

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Four Steps to Being More Coach-Like in Your Conversations

“How did you do that?” This is a question we hear often from Blanchard clients. In a recent conversation with an organizational sponsor, I was asked to explain how Blanchard coaches were able to consistently help leaders in a high potential coaching program to make changes that stuck. Our client knew all about the skills…