Afraid You’re Becoming Boring? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I have been with the same organization for eight years. My company offers anyone who has been here for seven years a reduced pay, three-month sabbatical. My boss keeps pestering me to schedule it and take one. (I totally get that this is a good problem for me to have.) I don’t have…

Drowning in Email? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I know you have heard it before, but I just don’t know what to do about the amount of email I get. I cannot possibly attend to it all. I am constantly showing up at meetings and facing the question “Did you read my email?” The answer is almost always no, but people…

Trapped Yourself in a Gilded Cage? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I run the office of compliance for the parent company of a large financial institution. We are attorneys, paralegals, and accounting professionals. About a year ago, my boss was fired and I was made interim head of compliance. I’ve received no title change and no substantial raise, but they keep throwing stock at…

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:…

Can’t Say “No”?  Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a senior manager in what is essentially a call center. I am hoping you can help me. I am too nice.  I am a giver; I come from a long line of nice, generous givers. My Mom ran a dentist’s office and headed several volunteer committees, headed up events at our…