Mark Sanborn on The Potential Principle

“We all know how good we’ve become—but we don’t know how good we could be,” says Mark Sanborn in his new book, The Potential Principle. “Almost all people have a desire to get better—but only 30% have a plan.” That’s wishful thinking, says Sanborn. Sanborn recommends that people practice “positive discontent” in their lives and says…

A Coaching Take on the Annual Review

We’re winding down to the end of another year. I find that late December provides a great opportunity for a “year in review” assessment. But instead of looking at your goals and lining them up against the measures for success delineated by your company, I propose a different review today. Ready? Look ahead—far, far ahead.…

Beverly Kaye on Up Is Not the Only Way

In this episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat podcast, we interview Beverly Kaye, author of the new book Up Is Not the Only Way. Kaye shares new ways to stay engaged and feel valued for managers and others who work in flat organizations—companies that offer few opportunities to climb the traditional corporate ladder. Kaye says a…

Sleepworking? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I have been managing a team in the insurance industry for the last fifteen years. There has been a lot of change—mostly reductions in staff size and increases in work load—but basically it is pretty much the same stuff, just a different day, and has been for a long time.  My last kid…

The Mindset of a Coach—and 5 Ways to Develop It

People from all walks of life gravitate to the profession of coaching. Many are service oriented and find joy in helping others achieve their dreams. Some enjoy the entrepreneurial aspect of owning their own business and having the freedom to work with as many or as few clients as they desire. Still others work in…