Bad Intern Experience?  Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I recently interned at a company where my project charter was to “create a competency based interview process and standard operating process for talent acquisition.” My project guide, who is head of talent acquisition, asked me instead to create an interview evaluation sheet based on competencies that were already in place and a…

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…

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…

Mindless Work Killing Your Soul? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I hate my job. I am just bored to tears. When I completed graduate school, I was recruited into what I thought was the perfect job for me—the job description was exactly what I was looking for. A year later, I am doing a ton of mindless administrative work and almost none of…

Four Hard Truths about Self Leadership

I can’t get what I need. My boss doesn’t understand me. My organization’s systems don’t work. I don’t have the resources I need. My job doesn’t take advantage of my strengths. No one appreciates me. My boss micromanages me. There’s no room for me to grow. They don’t understand how much I could be contributing…