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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.

January 20, 2017
Chief Learning Officer

Employees need collaboration and development, not command and control. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

October 28, 2016
Inc.com

Trick or treat? Which of these ghostly and hair-raising traits are present in your leaders?

October 05, 2016
Training Magazine

An excerpt from the book “Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work … And What Does” by Susan Fowler.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

May 20, 2016
Fast Company

Business leaders and film experts weigh in on the best leadership movies. See Ken Blanchard's pick. 

May 17, 2016
Training Journal

Scott Blanchard explores four conversations that are crucial for first-time 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.

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. 

May 01, 2016
Chief Learning Officer

They've entered boss territory, but that doesn't mean they don't need guidance

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.

March 17, 2016
Chief Learning Officer

Successful leadership is not as complicated as it’s made out to be. Trust is the missing Key. 

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.

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! 

March 07, 2016
Training Industry

Enable people to do their best work. 

March 02, 2016
Chief Learning Officer

Set the tone for your management style with these conversations.

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!

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.

January 15, 2016
Chief Learning Officer

Goal setting, diagnosis and matching can help you achieve even stubborn goals.

December 11, 2015
SUCCESS

Presenting 2015's most influential leaders in self-improvement.

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.

November 17, 2015
Chief Learning Officer

Analyze the work environment carefully to determine whether employees intend to perform, engage and remain within an organization.

November 01, 2015
Training Journal

Pioneer of leadership and management thinking Ken Blanchard provides a look at what makes him tick.

November 01, 2015
Chief Learning Officer

Collaboration is about essence and form. Essence, or connecting, comes first.

October 01, 2015
Talent Management

Today's leaders must navigate intense and emotionally charged discussions with open, vibrant and direct communication.

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.

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.

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.

July 01, 2015
Training Magazine

One strategy for higher employee retention is more frequent one-on-one conversations with managers.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

June 01, 2015
Training Industry Magazine

Providing feedback—especially negative feedback—is a task many managers dread.

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.

May 21, 2015
Fast Company

Here's three secrets to working harder, better, faster, stronger—even with all the virtual and real-life distractions.

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.

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.

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

May 05, 2015
Inc. Magazine

Ken Blanchard, author of 'The New One Minute Manager,' has some counterintuitive advice for leading your team.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

March 20, 2014
Training Industry Magazine

No matter how compelling the topic, research show that only 20% of training sticks without continuous reinforcement. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

August 01, 2013
Ratchet + Wrench

Automotive industry magazine lists The One Minute Manager as a top leadership book for auto shop owners.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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?

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.

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. 

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

August 01, 2012
Training Magazine

What employees and executives believe about each others’ motivation can make a big difference in employee engagement.

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.