A DREAM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

OVER 35 YEARS OF
DEVELOPING great LEADERS

Drs. Ken and Marjorie Blanchard incorporated The Ken Blanchard Companies in 1979 with three simple goals—to make a difference in people’s lives, to drive human worth and effectiveness in the workplace, and to help each organization we work with become the provider, employer, and investment of choice.

1979
1979 Blanchard Leadership Training and Development is Incorporated | Ken Blanchard
  • The Founding Associates (Ken Blanchard, Fred Finch, Pat Zigarmi, Don Carew, Drea Zigarmi, Eunice Parisi-Carew, Margie Blanchard and Laurie Hawkins) are formally named and acknowledged for the creation of the company and its intellectual property starting in 1979 and before. It was a bond of friendship, wanting to work with people we loved to make a difference, an idealistic sense that we could challenge conventional business wisdom by working with friends and relatives with a goal to make a more just and equitable world. 
  • Blanchard incorporates formally as Blanchard Training and Development, Inc.
1980
1980 One Minute Manager Training Book is Published | Ken Blanchard
  • Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson meet at a party and begin collaboration on The One Minute Manager
  • The One Minute Manager is self-published and sells 100,000 copies in its first year
  • A Situational Approach to Managing People is introduced as Blanchard's version of Situational Leadership®
  • Key clients for the year include Holiday Inn, Humana, and members of the Young Presidents Organization
1982
1982 Blanchard Leadership Development Company Featured on the Today Show | Ken Blanchard
  • Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson appear on the Today Show
  • The One Minute Manager is published by William Morrow
  • Key clients for the year include Burger King, Chevron, and Lockheed
1985
1985 Situational Leadership Training Program Released
  • Situational Leadership® II is introduced based on new research and becomes our flagship offering
  • Leadership and the One Minute Manager is published by William Morrow, highlighting new research from Situational Leadership® II
  • Corning Glass, Nissan, and PG&E become key clients
1988
1988 The Power of Ethical Management Training Book Published | Ken Blanchard
  • Ken Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale publish The Power of Ethical Management
  • Key clients for the year include AT&T, Autozone, Intercontinental Hotels, and McDonnell Douglas Helicopters
1990
1990 One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams Management Training Published
  • The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams is published and becomes the catalyst for Blanchard’s comprehensive team building program
  • Key clients include GE Information Services, Hershey Foods, and Nestlé
1993
1993 Ken Blanchard Self Leadership Training Expands to Canada
  • Blanchard expands its footprint into Canada and establishes new Canadian headquarters
  • Blanchard launches Situational Self Leadership, a program that empowers individual contributors to become self leaders
  • Creating Your Organization’s Future program is introduced, bringing Blanchard into the mission, vision, and values space
  • Dow Chemical, Glaxo, IBM, BellSouth, and State Farm join Blanchard’s client roster
1998
1998 Ken Blanchard Self Leadership Training Expands to the United Kingdom and Europe
  • The Ken Blanchard Companies opens a wholly-owned office in the UK, marking the beginning of a European hub
  • Blanchard officially changes its name from Blanchard Training and Development to The Ken Blanchard Companies
  • Key clients for the year include Merck, Pfizer, Caterpillar, Cargill, Gap, and GM
2000
2000 Coaching.com Launches Online With Full Service Coaching Courses
  • Coaching.com, Blanchard’s full service coaching practice and website, opens for business
  • Amgen, Eli Lilly, and TJX become key clients
  • Situational Leadership® II 2000 is released
2005
2005 Ken Blanchard Inducted to Amazon.com Hall of Fame for Leadership Development Authorship
  • Ken Blanchard is inducted into Amazon.com Hall of Fame as a distinguished author
  • Product development kicks into high gear as Blanchard introduces several new products
  • Situational Frontline Leadership is named one of the Top 10 Products of the Year by Training Magazine
  • Situational Team Leadership, an evolution of the previously launched Building High Performing Teams, is introduced
  • Coaching Essentials for Leaders becomes a product offshoot of Coaching.com
2006
2006 Leading At A Higher Level Leadership Development Book published
  • 25 years of research, development and thought leadership at The Ken Blanchard Companies culminates in the publication of Leading At A Higher Level—the definitive guide for leaders
  • San Diego Magazine names The Ken Blanchard Companies as one of the Best Places to Work
  • ELearning Magazine recognizes The Ken Blanchard Companies in the “Best of Leadership Content” category
2007
2007 Legendary Service Manager Training Program Launched
  • Retail giant Kohl's Corporation recognizes The Ken Blanchard Companies as its Human Resources Partner of the Year
  • New skill-building modules including Listening, Giving Feedback, and Challenging Conversations are introduced to deepen the application of SLII
  • Legendary Service is launched
2009
2009 Ken Blanchard Leadership Training Expands to Asia
  • Blanchard expands its footprint into Asia
  • The Ken Blanchard Companies is named Business of the Year by the ISA Association of Learning Providers
  • Blanchard named to Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies
  • Blanchard expands its academic influence with publication of research into the factors that influence Employee Work Passion
2010
2010 Blanchard Company Recognized as Top Leadership Training Company
  • Blanchard named a Top 20 Leadership Company by TrainingIndustry.com
  • Blanchard purchases TrustWorks
  • Blanchard receives a Best of ELearning award for Best Leadership Training Program
2011
2011 Online Self-paced Leadership Development Program Released
  • Blanchard debuts Blanchard Certified, an online, self-paced leadership development program
  • Blanchard named a Top 20 Leadership Company by TrainingIndustry.com for second year
  • Blanchard wins “Best in Show" at ASTD International Conference
2012
2012 Blanchard Releases Optimal Motivation Manager Training Course
  • Blanchard wins “Best in Show” for second consecutive year at ASTD International Conference
  • Blanchard introduces Optimal Motivation, a groundbreaking new process for helping leaders to bring out the best in their people
  • Blanchard launches the Blanchard Trainer Network – an online support community for trainers
  • Ken Blanchard is honored as a First Generation Legend by the ISA Association of Learning Providers
2013
2013 Situational Leadership 2 Leadership Development Program Launched
  • Blanchard introduces The SLII Experience, a game changing new approach to leadership development and instructional design
  • Blanchard Certified wins Stevie Award
  • Blanchard Certified renamed Blanchard Online Learning
  • The Ken Blanchard Companies is selected as the #1 Union Tribune San Diego’s Top Workplaces in the medium-size business category
  • Blanchard continues to expand in Asia by adding direct sales in Hong Kong
2015
2015 Blanchard Releases 3 New Books for Leadership Development and Manager Training
  • Three new books are released: The New One Minute Manager (with Spencer Johnson), Collaboration Begins with You (with Jane Ripley and Eunice Parisi-Carew), and Refire! Don’t Retire (with Morton Shaevitz)
  • Blanchard is named one of the Best Places to Work and ranked the #1 Executive Training Company by San Diego Business Journal
  • Blanchard is named a Top 20 Leadership Training Company by Trainingindustry.com
  • Blanchard is ranked #9 Leadership Partner and Provider in the Leadership 500 Awards by HR.com
2016
2016 Selected as Learning Provider of the Year Finalist and Releases First Time Manager Training Book
  • Blanchard is selected as a Learning Provider of the Year Finalist by Learning and Performance Institute (UK)
  • Blanchard releases First-time Manager, a training program for new managers based on the best-selling business book The New One Minute Manager
  • Blanchard receives a Silver Stevie in International Business Awards for First-time Manager Program—Best New Product or Service of the Year
  • Blanchard is named a 2016 Top Workplace by The San Diego Union Tribune
2017
2017 Blanchard releases newly revised version of Self Leadership Program
  • Blanchard releases newly revised version of Self Leadership, a training program based on the best-selling business book Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager
  • Blanchard receives a Bronze Stevie in International Business Awards for Self Leadership - Best New Product or Service of the Year
  • Blanchard expands its footprint into Asia-Pacific to South Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand
  • Blanchard named a Top 20 Leadership Company by TrainingIndustry.com for eighth year
  • Blanchard is named a 2017 Top Workplace by The San Diego Union Tribune