"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." -- Ken Blanchard
Kenneth Hartley Blanchard (born May 6, 1939) is an American author and management expert. His book The One Minute Manager (co-authored with Spencer Johnson) has sold over 13 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. The Ken Blanchard Companies He has coauthored over 30 other best-selling books, including Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service (1993), Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership (1985) (in which he coined the term seagull manager), Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization (1997), Whale Done! The Power of Positive Relationships (2002) and Leading at a Higher Level: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations (2006). Amazon.com: Profile for Ken Blanchard
Blanchard is the Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Marjorie Blanchard, cofounded in 1979 in San Diego, California. Change Management Speakers Ken Blanchard from HarperCollins Publishers
"Don't quack like a duck, soar like an eagle.""Feedback is the breakfast of champions.""For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager, they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio.""I absolutely believe in the power of tithing and giving back. My own experience about all the blessings I've had in my life is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works.""I never use notes, they interfere with me.""In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people... they no longer can lead solely based on positional power.""People who produce good results feel good about themselves.""The productivity of a work group seems to depend on how the group members see their own goals in relation to the goals of the organization.""Too many leaders act as if the sheep... their people... are there for the benefit of the shepherd, not that the shepherd has responsibility for the sheep."
Blanchard was born in Orange, New Jersey and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He attended New Rochelle High School, graduating in 1957. Kenneth Blanchard He completed a BA degree in government and philosophy at Cornell University in 1961, a MA degree in sociology and counseling at Colgate University in 1963 and a PhD degree in education administration and leadership at Cornell University in 1967. Ken Blanchard professional speaker As an undergraduate at Cornell, he was a brother of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), and Blanchard was selected for membership in the Quill and Dagger society. In the 1960s, Ken co-developed the Situational Leadership theory and model with Paul Hersey.
Among many accolades, Blanchard has been honored as one of the top 10 Leadership professionals in the international Leadership Gurus survey for 2007 and 2008. The “ Leadership Gurus survey” award, by Global Gurus International identifies the top and most influential Leadership professionals in the world by merit and public voting.
Blanchard is a Cornell University trustee emeritus and visiting professor at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Blanchard offers tips for success to students He and his wife were named Cornell Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1991. Entrepreneurship@Cornell Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year Award