Boss Is Making You Afraid? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, My boss is really tough—I would say borderline abusive. It isn’t just to me. He is awful to everyone. Because of this, I am in a constant state of anxiety and my work has definitely suffered. I was very good at my job but I know the quality has decreased because I have…

Don’t Forget Coaching When Transitioning New Leaders

Between 50 and 70 percent of executives fail within the first 18 months of being placed in an executive role, whether they are promoted from within or hired from outside the organization, according to research from the Corporate Executive Board. That statistic is unnecessarily high, say organizational coaching experts Madeleine Homan Blanchard and Patricia Overland.…

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…

Leadership Training—3 Challenges When Making the Business Case

Senior executives instinctively know that the quality of leadership in an organization impacts that organization’s performance. But leadership, learning, and talent development professionals still have to make the business case if they expect their training initiatives to make it through the budgeting process. Here are the three biggest challenges L&D professionals face—along with some resources…

Mindless Work Killing Your Soul? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I hate my job. I am just bored to tears. When I completed graduate school, I was recruited into what I thought was the perfect job for me—the job description was exactly what I was looking for. A year later, I am doing a ton of mindless administrative work and almost none of…

Ken Blanchard Ignite Newsletter August 2017

The Ken Blanchard Companies Ignite newsletter is a must-read for leadership, learning, and talent development professionals. Highlights from the just published August issue include Getting Buy-In for Leadership Development Training One of the biggest challenges leadership, learning, and talent development professionals face when they propose a new initiative is convincing their CEO of the financial…