5 Steps for Tackling Tough Conversations

In a new article for Talent Management magazine, consultants Rachel Eryn Kalish and Pat Zigarmi, coauthors of The Ken Blanchard Companies Challenging Conversations training program, share how leaders can address intense and emotionally charged discussions with open, vibrant, and direct communication. In an article titled, Conflict? Talk It Out, they explain that while most leaders…

3 Ways Good Leaders Get Conversations Wrong

Improving the frequency and quality of conversations that take place inside your organization is one of the best ways to improve the overall quality of your company’s leadership. That’s the message Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard share in their latest column for Training Industry Magazine.  With the speed of work, the generational and cultural diversity…

Coaching Tuesday: 3 Steps to Communicating More Effectively

Communicating effectively is a key to success in life and work. But many times communication doesn’t go as well as we would like. We’ve all been part of conversations that were less than effective. I worked with a client who was unsuccessful in communicating with upper management during the course of several meetings. His intention…

The Bold Conversation—3 Steps to a Successful Outcome

Succeeding in a senior leadership position doesn’t happen without the ability to embrace and successfully navigate bold conversations. But that doesn’t mean these conversations are easy. In our executive coaching practice, a common request is to be coached on an upcoming bold conversation. Reasons for bold conversations can vary widely. You’re in a relationship that…

Leaders: Got Questions? Ask Your People!

Ken Blanchard tells a story about his early days as a consultant.  One day he was brought in to help address a turnover problem at a manufacturing plant in the Southeastern United States.  In spite of competitive wages and benefits and an overall positive assessment from employees, the plant was experiencing large spikes in people…

Motivation as a Leadership Competency: 3 Ways to Get Started

The great motivation debate among business leaders has been whether motivation is a trait we are born with or a skill that can be developed. Contemporary research has answered that question; motivation is a skill that can be nurtured and developed in oneself and others. This important finding means that employees at all levels have…