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Ask Madeleine: Top 5 Questions of 2016

What were the personal challenges readers wanted to know more about?  Scroll down to see the top five including the number one question for 2016.  Got a question for Madeleine?  Use the email link below. And be sure to join us when Ask Madeleine returns with a whole new set of reader questions beginning next week.    …

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Top 5 Leadership Articles from Blanchard ignite!

Blanchard ignite! brings learning, leadership, and talent development professionals free online resources each month plus a deep dive into a hot leadership topic.  Subscriptions are free (use the link on the right.)  Check out these top articles from recent issues! IMPROVING LEADERSHIP ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME Executive coach Madeleine Blanchard held the phone to her…

Don’t Slam People’s Fingers in Your Open Door Policy

Have you ever had a leader or associate mention that if you ever needed them, their door was always open? And it was. But it turned out later, they were never in there. Or, they were in there, but they were always busy, maybe because they were studying spreadsheets or some other stimulating thing. Or,…

10 Ways to Kill (or Heal) a Telecommuting or Virtual Work Initiative

Whether it is caused by flooding in Alberta, snowstorms in Washington D.C., or fires in California, the need for clear continuity of operations plans (COOP) has brought renewed emphasis on telework and virtual working. Unfortunately, too many organizations jump into telework without a clear understanding of what is necessary for a successful telecommuting initiative. Here…

Autonomy or Accountability? 5 Ways to Use Honey Instead of Vinegar to Motivate Employees

Last week I met with a group of sales managers for a national retailer that is doing very well.  Turnover is low.  Same-store sales have been outpacing their peer group for five years.  Quarterly and annual financials have been excellent. The question they were asking was, “How do we keep our people motivated?”  I asked…