Having written 170 book reviews for our website, I’ve had an opportunity to chat with a number of readers and clients about a wide variety of books and authors over the years. We’ve assisted many clients in their efforts to establish libraries within their organizations to provide resources for their employees.
Leaders in every field boast often about the benefits they’ve derived from reading the classic works of talented authors. Today it’s even easier to gain such knowledge through the advent of cassette tapes, CDs, PDF, MP3, IPOD, Executive Book Summaries, etc. Lack of time in no longer a viable excuse. I’m amazed at the vast number of readers who are unfamiliar with so many of the celebrated works and authors available to readers today. For that reason, we’ve decided to create a feature to provide a short bio on some of those great writers and acquaint our readers with some of the titles they might want to add to their personal and/or business libraries.
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Dr. Kenneth Hartley Blanchard
You may not recognize the formal moniker if you’re not an avid reader. Most of his fans know him simply as Ken Blanchard, and he’s known around the world simply as “Ken.” He’s probably best known for his phenomenal best-selling book, The One Minute Manager®, coauthored with Spencer Johnson and the popular series that followed under the umbrella of the One Minute series. The One Minute Manager® has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide in 27 languages, 10,000 copies still sell every month. making it one of the best-selling management books in history, and it still regularly appears on best-seller lists more than 20 years since it was first released! He has coauthored over 30 other best-selling books.
Ken earned his bachelor’s degree in government and philosophy from Cornell University, his master’s degree in sociology and counseling from Colgate University, and his Ph.D. in educational administration and leadership from Cornell University.
The 69-year-old Blanchard is an American author and a prominent, gregarious, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant known as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate men in business today. Few people have created more of a positive impact on the day-to-day management of people and companies than Dr. Kenneth Blanchard.
Ken’s impact as a writer is far reaching. If you’ve had the opportunity to see him in person or view any of his many videos, you’d think you were listening to your favorite uncle or a trusted neighbor. His many books are very insightful, easily understood, and filled with traditional wisdom which is effortlessly transferred to real life situations.
Ken is Chairman and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®—a family-owned global leader in workplace learning, employee productivity, and leadership and team effectiveness. Founded in 1979 by Ken and his wife, Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, their goal—and those of their 28 international offices around the world today remain much the same—to provide leadership and performance solutions that unleash human potential, create engaged employees and customers, and drive organizational results and profitability.
Now, more than 29 years later, their concepts and processes have been successfully tested by individuals and organizations around the world. Their concepts resonate with people—they make sense—and they work!
Ken is a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees and throughout the years has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the field of management and leadership.
He has been a guest on a number of national television programs, including “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show,” and has been featured in Time, People, U.S. News & World Report, and a host of other popular publications.
His admirable list of best sellers includes: