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…

Coaching and Character: A Double Benefit

I’ve always appreciated this quote from famed author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” What good is building character only to have it erode due to a lack of maintenance?  Coaching enables people to gain clarity about who they are,…

Biggest Managerial Questions of 2017? Ask Madeleine

Madeleine Homan Blanchard is on vacation this week so we thought it would be fun to take a look at the three most viewed managerial questions Madeleine was asked through the first half of 2017. Here are the top three (with Madeleine’s advice) in ascending order. Click the title or picture to see the complete…

Summer Reading for the Business Professional?  Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, There are always recommendations for best summer reading and the lists usually point to fiction best-sellers.  Any suggestions for top business books?  I love a good novel but I also want to keep developing my skills. Business Minded   Dear Business Minded, There are so many great development focused books out there. I…

What a Famous Pediatrician Taught Me about Leadership

Think about a leader you admire. Maybe it is the CEO of your company, the principal of your local high school, or the president of your alma mater. If I asked you about the specific qualities that made them successful, you’d probably tell me about their hard skills—teachable abilities such as vision and strategic thinking.…

4 Types of Leaders Who Aren’t Ready for Coaching

All over the world, leaders are using coaching to gain a competitive edge. But does coaching solve every problem one might encounter in the workplace? “No. It’s not a panacea,” says coaching expert Patricia Overland in an article for Chief Learning Officer. “Determining when coaching is a good investment can be challenging.” Overland shares a…