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Growing Fast and Can’t Keep Up? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine My question is: how does an organization scale their management team and keep skills sharp as they grow? We are a software development services shop and we are growing fast-we currently have 30 people in management positions. It’s getting more difficult each day to make sure everyone is managing from the same playbook.…

Leaders: Tap into Your Unique Energy Source

Leaders work with coaches to take purposeful action in the advancement of their goals and in the interest of their organizations. But how does this really occur? Certainly not with the coach standing there, bullhorn in hand, yelling at the leader to stay on task. Instead, the coach listens carefully to what really matters to…

Just Graduating and Need to Get Better at Networking? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am regular reader and a fan. I’m about to graduate from my grad school program. You talk a lot about the importance of networking. I feel like I’ve been somewhat insulated from the reality and necessity of building a network and was wondering if you could give me some ideas of what…

Your Leadership Training Is Probably Missing These Two Components

In a recent interview, Scott Blanchard, principal and executive vice president with The Ken Blanchard Companies identified two key competencies missing from most leadership development curriculum. “Managers need to know how to set clear goals, diagnose development levels, and determine the correct leadership style to bring out the best in people. That’s a foundational management…

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The 1 Thing Employees Don’t Get Enough of at Work

I don’t have an exact count, but over the years of conducting training classes on Building Trust or speaking to large groups about trust and leadership, I’ve worked with thousands of employees around the globe from all sorts of organizations and industries. Frequently I will ask people to respond to this question: “Raise your hand…

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Ken Blanchard on Having Trust Conversations at Work

“I don’t trust you!” Trust is always an emotionally loaded topic. A new Building Trust program developed by The Ken Blanchard Companies helps create a framework for successfully navigating sensitive trust-related conversations.The program features a four-part assessment that allows a more objective look at what might be causing problems. Participants learn how to assess trust…

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3 Coaching Skills for Managers that Improve Trust and Well-Being

Coaching has a positive impact on follower trust, affect, and ultimately on performance and productivity. That’s the key takeaway from a new research report just released by The Ken Blanchard Companies. Blanchard researchers surveyed 1,800 workers looking at the connections between trust, well-being and coaching behaviors.The research found that trust and well-being were both positively…

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New Research Shows Links Between Leader Coach-Like Behaviours, Trust, And Organization Performance

The Ken Blanchard Companies challenges organizations to educate their leaders on how to build trustworthiness and how to use coaching behaviors in their day-to-day management of people. SAN DIEGO, CA – January 10, 2017- The Ken Blanchard Companies, a global leader in management training, released the findings of its research that shows using coach-like behaviors…

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New eBook Encourages Managers to Develop Coaching Skills

Regular communication using coaching skills is essential for bringing out the best in people. A new eBook just published by The Ken Blanchard Companies identifies coaching as the single most important managerial competency that separates highly effective managers from average ones. When leaders coach their people it has significant positive effects on employee development, performance,…

A Kick-Start for 2017!

You’ve probably had your fill of articles and blogs about how New Year’s resolutions don’t work. So I want to give you a positive framework to begin the New Year. Creating your personal vision for the future is a different way to look at setting and achieving goals. A clear vision is made up of…

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Can’t Keep New Year’s Resolutions? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I have not once in my life kept a New Year’s resolution. And yet, here I am once again thinking about all I want to accomplish and feeling demoralized. Isn’t that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? How can I be successful…

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Achieve Your New Year’s Goals by Following This One Simple Method

Let me go out on a limb here. You’re probably reading this article because you’re contemplating resolutions you’re going to set for the New Year, right? You don’t have much confidence in keeping your resolutions because you’ve failed repeatedly in the past (surveys show only 8% of people keep their resolutions), so you’re looking for…

Taking Stock: 4 Ways to Make Better Sense of the Past Year

Yet another year has spend by. Almost everyone perceives time as moving faster the more time they have been on the planet. Most of us get to this point in the year and sit, dull-wittedly, asking, “What just happened?” So, now is a perfect time to take a moment to reflect on exactly that. There…

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Millennial Survey: 5 Ways Managers Can Be More Inspiring

New research published by The Ken Blanchard Companies cites a survey of 600 Millennial-aged workers asking them to list the leadership behaviors they believe most inspire better performance. An analysis of the responses identified five behaviors managers need to put into practice not to simply manage and deal with the next generation workforce, but to…