3 Ways to Help Managers and Direct Reports Collaborate to Achieve Goals

Want a more purposeful, aligned, and engaged organization? “Make sure managers and direct reports are taking a collaborative approach to performance,” says Susan Fowler, senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies and coauthor of the company’s Self Leadership training program. “It starts with agreed-upon goals,” Fowler continues. “In my early days as a consultant,…

7 Tips for Letting Go as a Manager

Delegation and control are common topics with my coaching clients. They recognize the importance of delegation and how it can serve them, but some still struggle with letting go. In order to free up space to be more strategic, have a greater impact, be more efficient, and achieve work/life balance, delegating appropriate tasks to others…

Not Sure About Giving Feedback? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I run a small team for a large nonprofit. One long-term member of the team really knows the ins and outs of the organization and can be really helpful. The problem is, he does a couple of things that drive everybody crazy. He often decides to do things—presentations, publications, project plans—differently from the…

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…

Coaching to Support Learning

Think about the last time you attended a training session. If you are like me, you got excited about the content, fired up about changing things back at work based on what you learned, and ready to be a different and better leader. Then reality hits. Hundreds of emails, 22 meetings, and 17 “I just…