Ken Blanchard

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Ken Blanchard (1939) is a well-known American researcher, consultant and writer of several management books, including 30 best-sellers. One of the best known theories Ken Blanchard helped to create, together with Paul Hersey, is the Situational Leadership Model, a management model in which effective leadership is related to situations.

Biography Ken Blanchard

Ken Blanchard obtained his Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in political science and philosophy from Cornell University in 1961. Ken Blanchard obtained his Master’s Degree (MA) in the field of sociology from Colgate University in 1963. Finally, Ken Blanchard received his doctorate (Ph.D.) in the field of education management and leadership from Cornell University. 

Ken Blanchard is still employed by the Cornell University in the capacity of Visiting Professor Emeritus.

After he had worked in the academic world for some time, Ken Blanchard decided to start up a management consultancy with his wife in 1979. Ken Blanchard combined his consultancy work with research work into leadership, customer loyalty, coaching, employee engagement, project development, organizational development, etc.

In addition to successful management and training assignments this also led to a number of best-selling books. His book The one minute manager (1982) for instance, has sold over 10 million copies. Other best-selling books by Ken Blanchard et al are: Raving Fans (1993), Gung Ho! (1998) and Big Bucks (2000).

Ken Blanchard has received many nominations and awards for his work in the fields of management, leadership and speaking. Ken Blanchard is still active in his organization as Chief Spiritual Officer.

The organization operates world-wide under the name of Ken Blanchard Companies and supplies services in the fields of training and advice to large multinational enterprises and organizations.

10 famous quotes by Ken Blanchard

  1. “For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager, they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio.”
  2. “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “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.”
  5. “Don’t quack like a duck, soar like an eagle.”
  6. “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”
  7. “People who produce good results feel good about themselves.”
  8. “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.”
  9. “I never use notes, they interfere with me.”
  10. “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.”

Publications and books by Ken Blanchard et al.

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