Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Blanchard is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.
When Blanchard speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. He is able to speak to an audience and communicate with each person as if they 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, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Blanchard spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.
He co-founded Lead Like Jesus www.leadlikejesus.com in 1999 whose mission is "to glorify God by inspiring people and equipping people to lead like Jesus."
Starting with his phenomenal best-selling book, The One Minute Manager®, co-authored with Spencer Johnson, which has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on best-seller lists, to Raving Fans®, Gung Ho!®, and Whale Done!, Blanchard’s impact as a writer is far-reaching. His books have combined sales of more than 18 million copies in more than 25 languages. Leading at a Higher Level, published in 2006, Know Can Do!, published in 2007, and The One Minute Entrepreneur®, published in 2008, have been received with much critical acclaim.
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. He also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA - The Association of Learning Providers. Blanchard has been inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, he teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.
Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Blanchard received a master’s degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor’s and Ph.D. from Cornell University.