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…

Feeling Lost at Work? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a relatively new manager at a not-for-profit organization. During my first two years working here, my boss told me exactly what to do all the time. A classic micromanager, he constantly breathed down my neck. He left the organization and I now I report to the woman who was his boss.…

Saying Yes or No? Exercise Your Power of Choice

On a daily basis, we are all faced with making yes or no decisions that lead to certain consequences. With today’s many distractions and demands, it is easy to react quickly without first thinking through the implications. Are you making conscious responses that align with your commitments and goals? For example, one client I was…

Need More Time? How Recurring One-on-One Meetings Can Help

This Coaching Tuesday guest post is from Blanchard network coach Antonio Estrada. I recently coached an ambitious sales person with ten direct reports after he attended a three-day Managing People workshop customized for his employer by The Ken Blanchard Companies. This leader was very busy, working an average of twelve hours a day. Due to…

5 Reasons to Take Your Vacation Time: Ask Madeleine

I’ve received various letters asking about the wisdom of taking personal time off when work is crazy busy. So in honor of July 4th—a very important holiday for those in the U.S. that falls, sadly, on a Saturday this year—I have decided to devote this week’s post to the issue of vacation time. (Spoiler alert:…