Plan More, Hurry Less when Navigating Whitewater

I went whitewater rafting down the Kern River this week with my husband and friends. (That’s me, underwater, at the front of the boat.) We had our choice of several guides, and we all agreed the guy with the grey hair looked like he had more experience than anyone else. We were correct. Our guide,…

Operational Leadership: Better Conversations Are the Key

Good operational leadership is a consistent process of providing clear goals, coaching, and review to make sure people are clear about their tasks, have the direction and support they need to succeed, and get feedback on how they are doing along the way. But the results of a Blanchard survey suggest that leaders are falling…

First-Time Managers: Survey Says Get Help!

As a part of the research into the release of our new First-time Manager program, we have asked people to fill out a survey about their experience as a first time manager. We ask what they wish they had known before they started, what surprised them about their new role, and what mistakes they made.…

Infographic: Most New Managers Are Not Ready to Lead

A new infographic from The Ken Blanchard Companies looks at the challenges individual contributors face when they step into their first leadership assignments. With over two million people being promoted into their first leadership roles each year—and over 50% struggling or failing—the care and feeding of first-time managers needs to be front and center on…

Faked Out by a Direct Report? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, A long-time employee I really liked and respected recently left for another opportunity. I tried to keep her but couldn’t offer her enough money, so I gave her an excellent reference. The whole team was sad, and off she went with a fond farewell. Surprisingly, while training her replacement, I was stunned to…