Ask Madeleine: Top 5 Questions of 2016

What were the personal challenges readers wanted to know more about?  Scroll down to see the top five including the number one question for 2016.  Got a question for Madeleine?  Use the email link below. And be sure to join us when Ask Madeleine returns with a whole new set of reader questions beginning next week.    …

Blanchard’s Top 5 Most Shared Posts

The best way to tell if your advice is useful is to look at how often people share it with others. Here’s LeaderChat’s most shared blog posts via LinkedIn. The most shared topics include coaching tips for leaders, biggest mistakes, and “the #1 thing I’d wish I known before becoming a manager.” A great cross section…

Want to Improve Work Performance? Focus on Your Conversations

A new infographic released by The Ken Blanchard Companies shows that work communication isn’t happening with the quality or frequency people are hoping for.  The infographic looks specifically at one-on-one conversations and finds huge gaps (20 to 30 percent) between what employees want and what they actually experience when conversing with their manager. These gaps…

Infographic: Are One on One Meetings Meeting People’s Needs?

Meetings are a great way for managers to have quality development opportunities with their people. Sadly, survey research originally conducted by The Ken Blanchard Companies together with Training Magazine in 2013 shows that most managers are missing the boat.* Surprisingly, while meetings should include discussions about goals and objectives, it’s not happening as often as it…

Shocked by 360° Feedback? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a director in a large retail organization. Recently everyone at my level received an online 360° feedback. My report shows that my whole team is very unhappy with my hands-on style. All 14 of my people—not just 1 or 2— see me as a micro-manager. In the open-ended comments were phrases…

Infographic: Will Your New Managers Sink—or Swim?

The Ken Blanchard Companies just closed out a research survey with over 500 people in management roles to ask them about their experiences when they first stepped up into management. The company will be sharing the results of the research as a part of the rollout of its new First-time Manager program, but some of the initial…

Infographic: Most New Managers Are Not Ready to Lead

A new infographic from The Ken Blanchard Companies looks at the challenges individual contributors face when they step into their first leadership assignments. With over two million people being promoted into their first leadership roles each year—and over 50% struggling or failing—the care and feeding of first-time managers needs to be front and center on…