Your People Hate You?  Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am about eight months into my first senior department manager position at a government agency.  I have a lot of experience in this sector and was brought in to shake things up and make some changes.  My boss literally told me that my job is to kick *ss and take names.  After…

Jealous Co-Worker?  Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a young, new manager at a large health food grocery. I love the company, I love the job, and I am really learning a lot about being a new manager.  Here is my problem: when I joined the company as a cashier, I told one of my friends about my new…

Ken Blanchard: What Are You Thankful For?

Ken Blanchard recently posted a Thanksgiving holiday video on his YouTube and Facebook channels sharing his thoughts on being thankful along with some of the ways his family builds gratitude into their holiday traditions. As Ken shares,“Life is a very special occasion—don’t miss it. Part of that is being thankful for the blessings you have. It doesn’t mean that there…

Boss Wants to Be Your Best Friend? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I manage a small team at a software company. It’s go-go-go, constant crazy all the time, but that’s okay—it’s what I signed up for. I like the work and the atmosphere. My problem may sound odd to you: my boss wants to be my friend. She is always asking me to lunch and…

Feeling Guilty about a Tough Decision? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I run a small creative services business with a partner. We’ve had many long years of almost freakish success. We’ve accomplished amazing client work with great employees who have been dependable and excellent at their jobs. Over the years, we’ve also had our ups and downs—but lately it has been mostly downs. My…

Ethical Behavior in Leadership

“Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one is watching – even when doing the wrong thing is legal”. – Aldo Leopold * * * Ethical adjective Avoiding activities or organizations that do harm to people or the environment. * * * Examples of non-ethical behavior in business and leadership are all around…