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…

Self Awareness

Reframing, Metaphysics, and Coaching

As a science geek I read up on a lot of different things. Admittedly, some of it goes over my head. I couldn’t honestly say what a Bosun-Higgs particle does, or is, but I recognize one when I see it. (That’s a joke—they are too small to see.) I share this because I’ve been reading…

Boss Acting Weird? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a fairly new marketing manager for a large consumer goods firm. I have three great people who work for me—I inherited them, so I lucked out. We function like a well-oiled machine. The problem is my boss. She was promoted about two years ago and now oversees several managers of different…

Jealous Co-Worker?  Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a young, new manager at a large health food grocery. I love the company, I love the job, and I am really learning a lot about being a new manager.  Here is my problem: when I joined the company as a cashier, I told one of my friends about my new…

7 Best Books on Neuroscience for Coaches

Neuroscience has entered the coaching and leadership development conversation in a big way. The advent of the functional MRI machine has allowed neuroscientists to get a much better picture (literally) of what goes on in the brain under different circumstances. This new capability has given learning, leadership, and talent development professionals added insight into ways…

Dealing with a Difficult Employee? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I manage a large team of graphic artists for a popular online magazine. A few of my people are employees who do other tasks for the magazine, but most of my artists are independent contractors. On the whole, they are professional and easy to work with—but a couple are simply a pain in…