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Performance planning, coaching, and review are the foundation of any well-designed performance management system, but the results of a recent study suggest that leaders are falling short in meeting the expectations of their direct reports. A survey of 470 human resource and talent management professionals by Training magazine and The Ken Blanchard...

Bright Idea ConceptEver get a good idea? It starts out as a feeling that you might have a solution to a problem. A few days later you’re thinking Hey, I’ve got something here. This could really help. And the cost is well within reason. I owe it to myself and the organization to get this on the radar. But how do you go about it?

There are three phases in selling ideas...

Boy With BlocksYesterday, I went to my favorite retail store to pick up a pair of silver hoop earrings for my friend’s birthday.  While there, I saw a lot of little things that felt new and fresh.  I asked my usual salesperson (who has been there forever), “What is different around here? It feels spacious and inviting!” She lit up and shared t...

Coaching Strategy ObstructionCoaching as a follow-up to a traditional one- or two-day leadership development program can greatly improve the transfer of learning. But to be successful, sponsoring executives need to avoid a couple of common mistakes that even the best-intentioned organizations can fall into. In a recent interview for The Ken Blanchard Companies Ignite...

Job Interview 2The dress code in my office is business casual, but every once in a while I like to wear a tie. You know…look good, feel good…dress for the job you want, not the job you have…all that good stuff. Actually, there are times I just like to dress up for no special reason. But whenever I do, invariably I hear the same wisecrack from o...