Naturally Quiet but Need to Negotiate? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I manage a team of project and program managers responsible for keeping software implementations on track for a global company. I have five regional directors, each of whom manage about fifteen individual service representatives. The frontline folks are highly skilled—their jobs require a lot of technical experience and real expertise. They are dedicated…

EGO Getting in Your Way? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a director-level leader in a national insurance organization. The culture here is that things get done slowly, and only when everyone agrees with the change. I have been tasked with spearheading a ton of change, which is desperately needed. I have not made any friends with my approach and my boss…

Identifying and Managing your Span of Control with Carey Lohrenz

As one of the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilots in the US Navy, Carey Lohrenz knows all about pressure. During her intense training, she learned critical lessons about navigating in the most demanding, high-pressure environment imaginable—the cockpit of an F-14 fighter jet. The genius of her latest book, Span of Control, is how she…

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…

Looking Back on a Year of COVID-19

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since the world was blindsided by a global pandemic. Millions of people are mourning losses due to COVID-19: family members, friends, and colleagues who have died; businesses and jobs that have been lost; savings accounts that have been depleted. Almost everyone has experienced some form…

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…

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…