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Ken Blanchard          

Chief Spiritual Officer at The Ken Blanchard Companies; Legendary Management & Leadership Expert

With a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, Ken Blanchard shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the world through speeches, consulting services, and best-selling books. Universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most influential and compassionate leadership experts in the world, Blanchard is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership. In fact, few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Blanchard.

When Blanchard speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. No matter how large the audience, he is able to communicate with each person as if the two of them were alone and talking one on one. Blanchard is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand.

Blanchard is the co-founder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Blanchard is a trustee emeritus of the board of trustees at his alma mater, Cornell University, and he also teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Blanchard’s impact as an author is far reaching. His iconic 1982 classic, "The One Minute Manager," co-authored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on best seller lists today. In the past three decades, he has authored or co-authored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works— including "Raving Fans," "The Secret," and "Leading at a Higher Level," to name just a few— have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005, Blanchard was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time.

Blanchard has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the “Council of Peers Award of Excellence”. He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the golden “Gavel Award” from Toastmasters International. Blanchard also received the “Thought Leadership Award” for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA, The Association of Learning Providers.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Blanchard received his master’s degree from Colgate University and his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell University.

Speech Topics


The Journey to Effective Leadership

Leadership During Difficult Times

Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships

Gung Ho!: Turn on the People in Any Organization

High Five: The Magic Working Together

Creating Raving Fans

Ethical Management

The Secret

The Secret of great leaders is one that might baffle many. A great leader serves their followers. Through this program, you will discover and explore the five fundamental ways a manager leads through service- see the future, engage and develop others, reinvent continuously, value results and relationships, and embody values. In understanding these simple principles, you will benefit yourself, your organization, and those that look to you for guidance.

See the Future - What is the purpose of your team? - Where do you want your team to be in five years? - How many members of your team could tell you what the team is trying to become/achieve? - What values do you want to drive the behavior of your team? - How can you communicate your vision of the future to your team?

Engage and Develop Others - How much time do you invest looking for talented people to join your organization? - What are the key characteristics you look for in the people you select? - To what extent have you successfully engaged each member of your team? - What are ten specific things you could do to engage individuals more effectively in the work of the team and the organization? - What have you done to suggest to them that when it comes to Heads Down implementation activities, you work for them? - How are you encouraging the development of your people?

Reinvent Continuously - Who are your mentors? - What are you reading or listening to on tape? - What systems or processes in your area of responsibility need to be changed to enhance performance? - How could the areas under your leadership be structured differently to enhance performance?

Value Results and Relationships - How much emphasis do you place on getting results? - How many of your people would say that you have made a significant investment on their lives? - What are the ways you have expressed appreciation for work well done in the last thirty days?

Embody the Values - How can you better integrate your organizational values into how your team operates? - What are some ways you can communicate your core values to your team over the next thirty days? - How can you alter your daily activities to create greater personal alignment with these values? - How can you recognize and reward people who embody these values?

Servant Leadership

Within the traditional pyramid or business hierarchy, the boss is always responsible and the staff is supposed to be responsive to the boss. When you turn the pyramid upside down, those roles get reversed. People become responsible and the job of management is to be responsive to their people. That creates a very different environment for implementation. If you work for your people, then what is the purpose of being a manager? To help them accomplish their goal. Your job as a manager is to help your staff win.

The Four Dimensions of Servant Leadership

The Heart—Motivation or Intent/Leadership Character - Effective leadership starts on the inside - Are you a Servant Leader or a self-serving leader?

The Head—Assumptions and Beliefs/Leadership Methods Leadership begins with a clear vision. Two aspects of leadership o A visionary role—doing the right thing o An implementation role—doing things right

The Hands—Application/Leadership Behavior Leadership methods and practice People who produce great results feel great about themselves

The Habits—Daily Recalibration of Commitment to Mission and Values Five Servant Leadership Disciplines 1. Solitude 2. Prayer 3. Student of Servant Leadership 4. Unconditional love Support and accountability relationships

Whale Done!™

What does the training of killer whales at SeaWorld have to do with motivating people? It’s a matter of building relationships. This new training program will teach you why and how to improve relationships by applying the following three key principles: Build Trust, Accentuate the Positive and Redirect the Energy.

Teambuilding – High Five!

What is the essence of a team? According to management gurus Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, “It’s the genuine understanding that none of us is as smart as all of us. Putting your needs, your pride, and your agenda on hold and letting the team’s needs, pride, and agenda become your priority is an essential step in developing teamwork,” they say.

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