In the News How to Build a High Trust Workplace March 13, 2017 Chief Learning Officer If people trust their leadership, they’re willing to turn their backs to their bosses. Love Is in the Air – Bring Some Into the Office February 14, 2017 Recruiter.com It’s Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air – and if there’s one thing people love, it’s love itself. But what does that have to do with Recruiter.com, you ask? There should be love in the workplace, that’s what. Employees who love their jobs are more engaged, satisfied, and productive. They skip work less, they work better with colleagues, and they are less likely to quit. So why aren’t more companies showing employees the love. Self-Leadership: More Important Than Ever January 20, 2017 Chief Learning Officer Employees need collaboration and development, not command and control. Why Trust In Leadership Leads To Better Employee Performance January 17, 2017 Forbes Trust is one of those softer management qualities that people usually believe are good but whose value they have a hard time quantifying. Which is why I was pleased to see a new study from the Ken Blanchard Companies examining the connection between trustworthy leadership behavior and productive employees. What About These Workplace Perks! November 13, 2016 The San Diego Union-Tribune Some of the cool perks offered by local companies that were named Top Workplaces in this year’s Union-Tribune survey. At These Companies, Health Comes First November 13, 2016 The San Diego Union-Tribune More and more local companies who made The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Top Workplaces list are offering employees health and wellness perks to increase productivity and retention rates and reduce absenteeism. Data: Top San Diego Workplaces November 10, 2016 The San Diego Union-Tribune WorkplaceDynamics conducted an engagement survey of San Diego-area employers with at least 50 employees. To find possible survey participants, the San Diego Union-Tribune used print and online advertising to seek nominations from workers, bosses and others. 6 Spooky Signs You Work for a Halloween 'Frankenboss' October 28, 2016 Inc.com Trick or treat? Which of these ghostly and hair-raising traits are present in your leaders? The Problem with Feeding People Motivational Junk Food October 05, 2016 Training Magazine An excerpt from the book “Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … And What Does” by Susan Fowler. L&D’s Role in Moving the Needle on Employee Engagement September 06, 2016 Training Industry Engagement levels are not likely to change until managers get involved, and L&D professionals have an important role to play in the process. Four Essential Skills That Every Manager Needs August 09, 2016 ERE Media A lack of initial training for new managers, and scant or non-existent ongoing training and support are widely attributed to the dismal state of middle management in many organizations. The 6 Books Shark Tank's Daymond John Wants You to Read June 23, 2016 Fox News Remaining humble, the FUBU co-founder didn’t seize the opportunity to plug his own books, though he easily could have (other Sharks did). He didn’t even mention them. Instead, and without a moment to prepare ahead of time, he quickly rattled off the names and authors of six books that forever changed him and that he thinks all entrepreneurs will benefit from reading, too. 4 Conversations First-time Managers Need to Have June 23, 2016 Talent Management The role of star individual contributor seldom prepares someone to effectively manage the performance of other people. These conversations should help with the transition. 8 Movies That Can Make You A Better Leader May 20, 2016 Fast Company Business leaders and film experts weigh in on the best leadership movies. See Ken Blanchard's pick. Talking about Performace May 17, 2016 Training Journal Scott Blanchard explores four conversations that are crucial for first-time managers. Why Do We Wait to Train Our Managers? May 16, 2016 Training Industry Companies rarely think about providing training to people making the transition into their first leadership position until the individual actually settles into their new role—or later. Collaboration Begins With You May 01, 2016 Chief Learning Officer Collaboration is key to facilitate positive business outcomes. But it's not all about the team. It starts on an individual level, with each person's mindset and behaviors. Set Up First-time Managers for Success May 01, 2016 Chief Learning Officer They've entered boss territory, but that doesn't mean they don't need guidance 5 Short Books That Will Make You a Better Leader March 25, 2016 Inc. Want to level up your leadership skills? Read these 5 short books. The New One Minute Manager is listed at #4. Leaders, Build Your Success on Trust March 17, 2016 Chief Learning Officer Successful leadership is not as complicated as it’s made out to be. Trust is the missing Key. The Biggest Leap You’ll Ever Make: From Team Member to First-Time Manager March 15, 2016 Seapoint Center The jump from the role of individual contributor to a first-time manager is one of the most dramatic and most challenging leaps one can make. It requires a complete shift in how you see your role and in how you deliver results. Ken Blanchard: Conversations for New Managers March 10, 2016 Thin Difference Many Millennials are in the workplace today, and many more on the way. Providing the skills and mentoring will enable them to be the best managers and leaders, always learning and growing. No better legacy to leave than to give the next generation a solid start! Design Learning so Everyone Gets an 'A' March 07, 2016 Training Industry Enable people to do their best work. 4 Dialogues for First-time Managers March 02, 2016 Chief Learning Officer Set the tone for your management style with these conversations. The Top 100 Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs of 2015 February 09, 2016 Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness Blanchard's LeaderChat and Leading with Trust blogs both named to The Top 100 Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs Of 2015! How to Extend Learning Beyond Training February 05, 2016 Chief Learning Officer There are some tried and true tactics that can help make learning stick and be used on the job. Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work January 15, 2016 Chief Learning Officer Goal setting, diagnosis and matching can help you achieve even stubborn goals. The SUCCESS 25: 2015's Personal Development Leaders December 11, 2015 SUCCESS Presenting 2015's most influential leaders in self-improvement. Four Work Conversations New Managers Need to Master December 01, 2015 Training Industry Magazine Having the skill, intent and capacity to engage in effective conversations is a key competency for success as a new manager. Help your new managers get off to a fast start by sharing these strategies. It will smooth their transition and improve the performance of their team. 5 Warning Signs You're Losing Your People November 17, 2015 Chief Learning Officer Analyze the work environment carefully to determine whether employees intend to perform, engage and remain within an organization. Spotlight on...Ken Blanchard November 01, 2015 Training Journal Pioneer of leadership and management thinking Ken Blanchard provides a look at what makes him tick. The Power of Collaboration November 01, 2015 Chief Learning Officer Collaboration is about essence and form. Essence, or connecting, comes first. Conflict? Talk It Out! October 01, 2015 Talent Management Today's leaders must navigate intense and emotionally charged discussions with open, vibrant and direct communication. Stock in the Middle October 01, 2015 Workforce Magazine Why middle management is the toughest job in leadership; it’s a thankless marathon endurance event for many whose careers aren’t cleared for takeoff. Is This Tiny Thing Majorly Draining Your Productivity? September 15, 2015 Fast Company While conventional wisdom tells us not to sweat the small stuff, both Blanchard and Schilder say that paying attention to irritations can reduce negative emotions, free up energy, and improve our productivity. Here’s how to do so efficiently. Collaboration Begins With You September 01, 2015 Chief Learning Officer Eschew self interest and silos to advance the greater good. Ken Blanchard is chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies and coauthor of Collaboration Begins with You: Be a Silo Buster. Meet & Keep July 01, 2015 Training Magazine One strategy for higher employee retention is more frequent one-on-one conversations with managers. Who Is the Best Leader for Performance? June 29, 2015 Chief Learning Officer People often ask me: “Which is more important: good leadership or good management?” Most folks are dismayed when my answer is “both.” The Age of Agile Leadership June 24, 2015 Chief Learning Officer The digital economy requires a new kind of leader, one who can energize, build and lead people in a direction that will benefit a complex set of customers and stakeholders. NTERVIEW: Dr. Ken Blanchard on Leadership and Management June 09, 2015 HR Bartender One of the classic questions we ask business people is something about the books they read. It might be “Tell me the one book every manager needs to have on their bookshelf.” Or “What’s the business book you’d take with you to a secluded island?” You get the point. Well, The One Minute Manager is definitely one of those books. Leading At A Higher Level June 01, 2015 Training Industry Magazine The most successful leaders that leadership is not about them. Its about serving others by doing four things well. Providing Feedback: The One Minute Redirect June 01, 2015 Training Industry Magazine Providing feedback—especially negative feedback—is a task many managers dread. Understanding the Root of Employee Disengagement May 27, 2015 WashingtonExec Employees’ perceptions of their companies — from if an individual feels they are being heard or have an opportunity to express their creativity — and their willingness to endorse the company, directly impacts their engagement with their employer. How to Keep Your Workday on Track May 21, 2015 Fast Company Here's three secrets to working harder, better, faster, stronger—even with all the virtual and real-life distractions. Blanchard Ranked #1 Executive Training Company May 18, 2015 San Diego Business Journal With a total of 2,068 business training contracts in 2015, The Ken Blanchard Companies has ranked No. 1 for four consecutive years by the San Diego Business Journal. KUSI News interview: Ken Blanchard on The New One Minute Manager May 15, 2015 Good Morning San Diego, KUSI News Ken Blanchard is recently interviewed on Good Morning San Diego by anchor David Davis of KUSI News. Ken explains the improvements in his new book The New One Minute Manager, a revision of his 1982 best seller The One Minute Manager. David also asks him about his work with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the city of San Diego. Modernizing the Minute May 11, 2015 San Diego Union Tribune Best-selling management book’s author revises it for today’s business style with more technology, less hierarchy The Most Important Minute of Your Day May 05, 2015 Inc. Magazine Ken Blanchard, author of 'The New One Minute Manager,' has some counterintuitive advice for leading your team. The New One Minute Manager April 13, 2015 Chief Learning Officer Modern leaders offer real-time redirects. When the original "The One Minute Manager" was published, top-down leadership was a way of life. But today that structure is too slow, and people recognize that brain power isn't located exclusively in the executive wing. Everyone in the organization has talent to contribute. The new one-minute manager recognizes this and treats people as key contributors to organizational success. 3 Leadership Secrets From 'The New One Minute Manager' April 13, 2015 Inc. Magazine The original One Minute Manager was one of the best-selling business books of all time. This new edition tries to do even better. In The New One Minute Manager the authors update their classic book to introduce its lessons to a new generation of leaders. 5 Questions With...Ken Blanchard March 10, 2015 Life Sciences Trainers and Educators Network, Focus Magazine What's the secret of being a great leader? It's a question everyone in a position of authority—whether running a multinational corporation or a local volunteer group—wonders sooner of later? Ken Blanchard Named One of AMA's Top 30 Leaders in Business of 2014 February 18, 2015 American Management Association These 30 leaders stood out due to their immense contributions to the business world, through their inspirational words, conceptual developments, and technological breakthroughs. AMA congratulates these 30 business leaders for all of their accomplishments. Ken Blanchard in SUCCESS Magazine December 11, 2014 Success Magazine SUCCESS magazine releases their first ever SUCCESS 25 list with Ken Blanchard named as one of 2014’s most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Read Article The Success 25 Read takeaways from the 2014 most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Download .pdf VUCA Leadership in Today's Multigenerational Workplace December 09, 2014 Training Industry Magazine Strategic planners in the business world have embraced the acronym VUCA to describe an environment that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Mind Exercises December 01, 2014 Chief Learning Officer Executives who behave as if their brain is a finite resource know they need to take care of it. A tired brain leads to questionable decision-making and behavior. Message to My Manager: Stop Trying to Motivate Me! November 18, 2014 About Money Dear manager. Please stop using inane tactics to motivate me. It's frustrating for everyone involved and it just doesn't work. The effect of your tactics is the opposite of what you want. I’d like to help you help me by requesting that you stop doing three things ... Leadership Expert Explains Science of Motivation November 10, 2014 Inside USD What is motivation anyway? What makes us get up in the morning to show up for work or class? Attendees had a chance to learn the answers to these and other questions about motivation at a Nov. 5 talk by leadership expert Susan Fowler, author of a new book, “Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … and What Does: The New Science of Leading, Energizing and Engaging.” The USD School of Business Administration sponsored the event. Federal Employees Still Suffer Low Morale, Survey Shows November 07, 2014 Signal Online Consistent surveying key to mitigating problems of disgruntled employees Federal employees continue to express overall discontent with their jobs, agencies and senior leadership, and the dissatisfaction leads to a staggering amount of lost productivity, experts say. 'Disturbing': Federal employee moral, confidence in leadership drops October 24, 2014 FedScoop In a year plagued by the hangover from sequestration and the government shutdown, the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows that federal workforce morale isn’t getting any better, and negative feelings for senior leadership might be the lead culprit as it has dropped to a five-year low. Agencies to pilot workforce engagement tool from Blanchard October 06, 2014 FedScoop Three federal agencies are in the planning stages of piloting a tool from the Ken Blanchard Cos. that aims to shed light on what could be causing disengagement among workers, a company official said. Improving Online Learning Performance September 23, 2014 Training Industry Magazine Online learning offers a consistent, convenient way to deliver training across all parts of the organization—especially to people who are geographically dispersed, hard to remove from frontline duty, or who prefer to learn in an online environment. How well connected are you really? August 13, 2014 Training Zone Jim O'Brien, EMEA MD of The Ken Blanchard Companies, looks at whether technology is actually improving our connectability or not. Three Ways to Create Innovative Leaders July 01, 2014 Chief Learning Officer To build innovation capabilities, CLOs should address the challenge on three levels: building individual skills; helping teams innovate new products, processes or business models; and building systemic capabilities for the whole company. 21 Inspiring Quotes for Leaders June 06, 2014 Inc. From Steve Jobs to Sheryl Sandberg to Sam Walton to Oprah, the thoughts of these great achievers will lift your mood--and elevate your game. Three Ways to Make Learning More Engaging March 20, 2014 Training Industry Magazine No matter how compelling the topic, research show that only 20% of training sticks without continuous reinforcement. What’s Your Development Level? March 01, 2014 Chief Learning Officer Identifying skill levels can determine the appropriate leadership style. People can be at one of four development levels, depending on their experience and commitment. 12 Ways To Get More Of What You Want February 21, 2014 The Huffington Post Margie Blanchard, Ph.D., has been a driving force behind the Ken Blanchard Companies' growth as a premier management consulting firm. She heads up its office of the future, a study of emerging trends in the workplace. Feedback is the Food of Champions February 05, 2014 The HR Director Ken Blanchard wrote “feedback is the food of champions”. This eloquent summary of the power of feedback makes it difficult to understand why organisations do not invest more heavily in creating an environment rich in high quality feedback. Book Review: 'Fit at Last' by Ken Blanchard and Tim Kearin January 24, 2014 Seattle Post Intelligencer This book follows Blanchard's fitness journey where he works from interest to commitment. He does so with the help of a fitness coach who is also his co-author for the book. Ken Blanchard Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award December 23, 2013 San Diego Business Journal The San Diego Business Journal honored Ken Blanchard with the Lifetime Achievement Award in their 7th Annual Most Admired CEO Awards. Create Connection that Matters in the Workplace November 15, 2013 The Society for Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers How connected are you to your boss, direct reports and teammates? Do you speak the same language? Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Honors Ken and Margie Blanchard as Lifetime Laureates October 08, 2013 Junior Achievement’s Hall of Fame lifetime laureates are exceptional role models and epitomize the lessons taught by JA’s financial literacy programs. Ken Blanchard Shares Leadership Mantras with ISB Students September 26, 2013 Business Today Ken Blanchard delivered a keynote address on leadership to corporate head honchos and management students at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. Spelled Out: Five Shop Owners Share the Leadership Books that Changed their Careers August 01, 2013 Ratchet + Wrench Automotive industry magazine lists The One Minute Manager as a top leadership book for auto shop owners. 6 Steps for Successfully Bringing Change to Your Company August 01, 2013 Fast Company There's a right way and a wrong way to push for organizational change. Here's how to avoid backlash, and get everybody involved in the process. Manager Meetings & Motivation July 15, 2013 Training Magazine Are employees’ needs being met by one-on-one time with their managers? The answer is, “No,” according to a survey conducted by Training magazine and The Ken Blanchard Companies. Trust in Ability July 01, 2013 Chief Learning Officer Developing employees can inspire trust and improve the bottom line. Even if you are not highly skilled, a postive attitude and willingness to learn can lead to exceptional ability. Dealing with Trust Issues July 01, 2013 Training Industry Quarterly Building trust as a defining competency for leaders. Dealing with Trust Issues. People will not go out on a limb for you unless they know it is not going to be cut off. Half of 2013 Is Gone, So Where Are You Headed? 4 Steps to Get You in the Right Direction July 01, 2013 Fast Company Don’t continue down a path that isn’t taking your company where you want it to go. If you’re like many people, some things are going well while others could use a mid-course correction. Too Much of a Good Thing? June 24, 2013 Talent Management Multisource feedback can create behavior change, but it has the potential to lower performance if used incorrectly. Multi-rater, or multisource feedback (MSF) assessments have gained popularity during the past decades. Doing More With Less: 4 Ways to Cope (And Even Succeed) In a Downsized World May 31, 2013 Fast Company Scaling down your operation doesn't have to be scary. But many people confuse activity and results. Meanwhile, effective leaders succeed with limited resources by distilling their central objectives, and simplifying communication. The Four Pillars of Trust May 01, 2013 Chief Learning Officer The lack of trust has reached epidemic proportions in our world. As a leader, investing time to build trust can offer many rewards and build strong relationships. Just as a table can't stand on one leg, trust is not built on one behavior. Do Your Employees Trust You? April 26, 2013 Fast Company They might like you. They may even love you. But can they be sure you'll get the job done when the chips are down? Legendary Service Leadership April 01, 2013 Customer Focus - the magazine of the Institute of Customer Service Meeting the ever-increasing expectations of the customer must be a leader’s top priority in today’s challenging climate. How To Identify And Conquer Entrepreneurial Growing Pains March 06, 2013 Fast Company The first stage in a company's birth and evolution happens when an entrepreneur (or two or three) come up with an idea, have a model in mind, and take the first steps to start a company. Leadership with Integrity March 01, 2013 Chief Learning Officer What is legal may still be unethical. There are two aspect to leading with integrity. The first is knowing the right thing to do. The second is actually doing it. Poor Behavior: Your Brain is Partly to Blame March 01, 2013 Training Industry Quarterly Stress causes the instinctive side of the brain to take over. When was the last time you behaved in a way that was not consistent with the person you know yourself to be? Focus Performance Management on Contributions February 01, 2013 Talent Management Organizations would be better served if they changed their mindset and saw performance management as a way to manage an employee’s contribution. Ongoing performance conversations are more productive when goals are clear, feedback is mostly positive and coaching is available. Getting Your Team Emotionally Engaged Is Half The Leadership Battle January 28, 2013 Fast Company For leaders to be effective, they need to be able to be able to organize, direct, and focus people's efforts toward the goals of the organization. How to Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2013 January 02, 2013 Entreprenuer Companies also will be taking steps to achieve greater prosperity next year. To make your own resolutions about growing your leaders, consider these 10 steps as part of a successful 2013 action plan. The Art of Apology January 01, 2013 Chief Learning Officer An appropriate apology begins with surrender. Affirm that you are better than your behavior. Done right, an apology raises a leader's credibility and mends broken trust. An Equation for Success in Any Economy January 01, 2013 Training Industry Quarterly An equation savvy leaders can use to guide decisions and position their organizations regardless of the economy or business climate. The Best Gift Managers Can Give Their People This Season December 21, 2012 Fast Company Truly great managers lead others, not themselves. By focusing on maximizing your employees' potential, you'll grow your company and find your own path to success. Intrapreneurship: Work Game-Changer December 12, 2012 Talent Management Understanding the needs and aspirations of ‘Gen I’ will help organizations design an innovation culture that fulfills this new generation’s expectations of work. Why Trying To Manipulate Employee Motivation Always Backfires October 25, 2012 Fast Company CEOs have two levers they pull on a regular basis to influence their organizations. The first lever adds to, or takes away from, strategic intentions. The second one controls the hiring of key talent to ensure that the right people are in the right seats. How Do You Get Leaders to Change? October 01, 2012 Chief Learning Officer Five Steps for helping leaders grow and change. Emphasizing dialogue, data, respect, and patience can make change happen. First the person must see a need for change. The Wisdom Of The Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Career Plan September 24, 2012 Fast Company Are you living your career? People often think of their career as something different and distinct from what they are doing in their present job. Close the Relationship Gap in Your Organization September 01, 2012 Talent Management Managers and employees need to be able to trust one another and communicate effectively to succeed. Listening and direct communication techniques can help. One of the biggest productivity and performance gaps in most organizations is the distance that separates the organization's managers from their direct reports. To Encourage Innovation, Eradicate Blame August 20, 2012 Fast Company Leaders who take a more constructive approach to failure can begin eliminating the fear, reticence, and inertia that plagues many organizations. Motivation Misunderstanding August 01, 2012 Training Magazine What employees and executives believe about each others’ motivation can make a big difference in employee engagement. Optimal Motivation: From Theory to Practice March 16, 2012 Talent Management It’s not just the organization’s or the talent managers’ job to motivate employees. Individuals play a significant role in their own motivational outlook. A funny thing happened on the way to understanding what motivates people.