Bringing High Performance Habits into the Corporate World

The Ken Blanchard Companies’ new partnership with bestselling author Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Institute is bringing the concepts from his book High Performance Habits to organizations around the world. In his book Burchard teaches six habits and corresponding practices that differentiate high performers from average performers. Partnering with researchers at the University of California and…

5 Keys to Organizational Culture Change

In its simplest definition, culture is the way things get done in an organization. It’s about the behaviors and attitudes of employees and management and how that translates into different approaches to performance—both good and bad. If you are a leader looking to improve your organization’s current culture and work environment, here are five steps…

3 Ways to Prepare for Leading a New Team

Good leaders are constantly striving for excellence. They start with themselves, then raise the bar for their team.  It’s a journey that requires a combination of self awareness and growth. I had a chance to experience both of these things when I recently accepted a new position with my company.  Eight months ago, I stepped…

Leadership Advice from a Couple of 13-Year-Olds

Last week my daughter and niece—both 13 years old—attended a Student Self Leadership course that was offered to employees here at The Ken Blanchard Companies. I was curious about what they would think about the program since we were basically teaching them an accelerated, age appropriate version of the class we teach to aspiring leaders…

Transparency and Leading Change: 3 Areas to Focus On

“Thank you for your transparency!” These words came at the end of a presentation I gave where I shared a new strategy—a strategy that would require change, including new roles and some sacrifice, from everyone. I wasn’t sure how everyone would respond but I knew I would have my best chance of successfully leading the…

Leading Change? Keep These 3 Personality Traits in Balance

Successful change leaders demonstrate three common characteristics—courage, patience, and determination. And they make sure all three are in balance through a manageable dynamic tension. For example, courage might mean speaking up and sharing an opinion different from that of the CEO—someone who has more authority than you do. But it needs to be balanced by…

7 Steps to Becoming a Relationship Master

During a coaching conversation, leaders often bring up the topic of workplace relationship challenges. The ability to partner, connect, and build positive and productive relationships at work is critical to job and career success. Clients who are struggling with relationship building are at either one end or the other of the continuum. At one end…