Stop Trying to Be Everything to Everyone—Making Distinctions between Managing, Coaching, and Mentoring

Managers who understand how to conduct useful management, coaching, and mentoring conversations can address the needs of their employees quickly and effectively. The challenge is knowing when each conversation is most appropriate. Without clear distinctions it is easy for these conversations to blend together and overlap. And once that happens, managers may find themselves attempting…

The Leader as Coach – 3 Common Traps to Avoid

A leader’s ability to coach effectively can really foster the development of the people they lead.  But like any leadership style, using a coaching style incorrectly has its drawbacks—especially if you are new to it.  Here are a few of the common mistakes. The leader does the heavy lifting.  To be effective, a coaching conversation…

Adding Coaching to the HR Business Partner Role

The HR business partner is a strategic asset to leaders in business units. The HRBP provides advice, solves problems, acts as a sounding board, and more and more often is also called upon to coach the leader. Blanchard has worked with a number of clients who are using this strategy along with external coaching for…

15 Questions to Ask Before Recommending (or Receiving) Coaching

At Blanchard Coaching Services, we work with learning and development professionals in organizations to roll out coaching initiatives. Most of the people who are to chosen to receive coaching are excited about the prospect and immediately enthusiastic; however, some are not. These folks either miss the initial email from their L&D business partners, or they…

Does Phone Coaching Work?

Coaching over the phone? Not texting, but actually talking on the telephone? How quaint! When it comes to interacting with others in today’s digital age, the telephone may seem like a relic from the past.  You may think coaching over the phone would be a poor substitute compared to face-to-face interaction. But the truth is,…