Cat Leaders vs. Dog Leaders

I woke up this morning to a face full of licking and paws on my chest. Now, Chico isn’t a small dog—he’s a bull terrier who was described as “one big muscle” by a guy on his way to work today. So his stepping on my stomach didn’t just pull me out of my dreams,…

Can’t Take a Vacation? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine,  I am a leader who is conscientious, caring, and committed. Now, at the middle of my career, I find myself becoming a bit resentful of working long hours. I am constantly in danger of losing my PTO and yet the stress of preparing to be off work, along with the avalanche of work…

Hair on Fire at Work? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I run a department in a fast growing biotech company. Things are moving so fast that they keep promoting me and I have to say I am pretty sure I have no idea what I am doing at this point. I have excellent people reporting to me—they are all super smart, insanely dedicated,…

Take an 80/20 Approach to First-Time Management

Executive coach Linda Miller has worked with a lot of people who have made the transition from individual contributor to manager.  As a featured speaker in the upcoming First-Time Manager Livecast, Miller will be sharing that new managers need to approach their new role with a different mindset in two key areas: focus and relationships.…

Afraid You May Be Washed Up? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a creative director at an advertising agency, and I have been managing teams of people forever. I was the darling of the advertising world when I started, and developed a reputation for hatching brilliant ideas—in fact, you would recognize some of my work. It is a fast paced business with crazy…