The Leader as Coach – 3 Common Traps to Avoid

A leader’s ability to coach effectively can really foster the development of the people they lead.  But like any leadership style, using a coaching style incorrectly has its drawbacks—especially if you are new to it.  Here are a few of the common mistakes. The leader does the heavy lifting.  To be effective, a coaching conversation…

Your Admin is Terrible? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a senior leader in a large commercial services organization. I spent many years learning how to make good use of an assistant and I’ve always made sure I had a great one. Over the last few years, the company has been reducing the size of the administration group and I have…

Coaching Others? Put Your Own Mask on First

Anyone who has ever flown has heard these words: “Should a drop in cabin pressure occur, put your own mask on first.”  Yes, in order to help others, you must take care of yourself first. Since I almost always ponder life through the filter of coaching, this brings to mind three of my recent clients:…

Top 5 Leadership Articles from Blanchard ignite!

Blanchard ignite! brings learning, leadership, and talent development professionals free online resources each month plus a deep dive into a hot leadership topic.  Subscriptions are free (use the link on the right.)  Check out these top articles from recent issues! IMPROVING LEADERSHIP ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME Executive coach Madeleine Blanchard held the phone to her…

Can’t Delegate? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am the new CEO of an asset management firm. I am concerned that my executive team is not up to speed and I am nervous about delegating to them. They are all super talented, bright and experienced. The problem is the former CEO was a micromanager who was punitive when people asked…