4 Ways to Experience the Joys of Coaching

There is a joy that coaches experience when they provide leaders with the one-on-one support that increases effectiveness and professional growth. That sense of satisfaction is available to managers at all levels in an organization if they are willing to adopt some of the behaviors that professional coaches use. Below are a few key skills…

Stop Trying to Be Everything to Everyone—Making Distinctions between Managing, Coaching, and Mentoring

Managers who understand how to conduct useful management, coaching, and mentoring conversations can address the needs of their employees quickly and effectively. The challenge is knowing when each conversation is most appropriate. Without clear distinctions it is easy for these conversations to blend together and overlap. And once that happens, managers may find themselves attempting…

New Hire Is Dressing Inappropriately? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a VP of international sales in technology. We are a fast-paced and very lean startup, so we barely have any HR department and no employee manual yet—certainly no one who can help me with this. I recently hired a young woman who is just great. She is smart, quick, she goes…

Your People Hate You?  Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am about eight months into my first senior department manager position at a government agency.  I have a lot of experience in this sector and was brought in to shake things up and make some changes.  My boss literally told me that my job is to kick *ss and take names.  After…

The Manager as Coach: Coaching with the Time You Have

In today’s fast-paced working environment, people in leadership roles are being asked more and more to use a coaching approach to move people and their projects forward. Interestingly, the number one reason managers give for not coaching is that it takes too much time. Let’s explore that reasoning. At The Ken Blanchard Companies, we define…