Are Great Leaders Born or Made?

“Great managers aren’t born—they’re trained.” That’s the message Scott Blanchard, principal and EVP with The Ken Blanchard Companies, is sharing with audiences as he speaks to groups of leadership, learning, and talent development professionals. Blanchard points to research that shows most managers don’t receive that necessary training, however, until they are about ten years into…

Help! I Inherited My Team: Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am at my wits’ end. I worked hard in college and graduate school and have what some people might call a “Type A” personality. I take on a lot, I work really hard and I complete my work by the agreed-upon deadline. For the past few years I have been working for…

Define, Align, and Refine for a Culture that Works

Is your workplace frustrating and lifeless—or is it engaging and inspiring?  For many people, descriptors such as dreary, discouraging, or fear-based are often mentioned.  The problem, according to Chris Edmonds, author of The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace, is that leaders don’t put as much thought into…