Want to Lead a Successful Change? Involve Your People!

As so many industries are beginning the long challenge of recovering from the pandemic, organizational change seems to be happening everywhere. The first issue many organizations must deal with when planning a change is finding an effective leadership approach that encourages large numbers of people to buy into a change at the same time. What…

Want to Be A Better Coach? Ask Madeleine

Aloha Madeleine, I’m currently a Human Resources director in the hospitality industry. I believe right now, more than ever, our industry needs strong coaches. What resources can you share to help me strengthen these skills through self-learning? Any suggestions you have would be most welcome! Mahalo! Want to Be a Better Coach ________________________________________________________________ Dear Want…

Unlock Your Hidden Genius with Victoria Labalme

For years, Victoria Labalme thought she couldn’t succeed without a clear plan. She made choices along the way that were not typical but felt right to her. Even when she felt like she was falling behind, she kept pursuing what interested her. One day, out of nowhere, she received a call that changed the course…

Nervous and Anxious about Work Presentations? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I read your article called Terrified about Doing a Presentation at Work? and I am writing to see if I can get some help. I have spent 23 years in the IT industry and am still nervous about presenting. I have challenges remembering the right words during the presentation. I tend to rush and…

Leading from a Distance: One Year Post COVID

Now that we’ve dealt with the initial implications of leadership and development in a COVID environment, L&D professionals are increasingly turning their attention to what the future will look like in a post-COVID world. Remote working will not go away after COVID—in fact, many research firms predict that 2021 will see the number of employees…

A Formula for Doing the Impossible with Steven Kotler

Have you ever thought about how elite performers achieve their level of accomplishment? Steven Kotler has—and in his latest book, The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer, he shares what he has learned from decades of research into the exploration of human possibility. Kotler believes everyone is capable of achieving the extraordinary, and he…

Boss Says You Need to Be More Innovative? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I manage an IT group—12 people—that does the tech stack for all supply chain management for a national chain of service providers. We also sell some product, but not a lot. I report directly to the CTO and have a good relationship with him. At the beginning of the year, after much discussion…

Three Steps to Winning the Talent Shift

What started as a book to help an author’s college grad daughter navigate the business world turned into a guide for employers everywhere who want to build a high-performing workforce. In her new book Winning the Talent Shift: Three Steps to Unleashing the New Higher Performance Workplace, Berta Aldrich explains why companies struggle to hire…

Legendary Customer Service: As Important as Ever

When my colleagues Vicki Halsey and Kathy Cuff and I were creating the Legendary Service customer service training program, we asked people in organizations two questions: Why is creating a positive customer experience important?  How do you want your customers to feel when working with your organization? We always got the same answers: If customers…