Ken Blanchard on Leading at a Higher Level

The new, completely updated, third edition of Ken Blanchard’s perennial bestseller, Leading at a Higher Level, was released just last month. The first edition came out in 2006 and featured the best thinking from 18 different authors, summarizing the key concepts from all the Blanchard programs at the time.  The new edition continues that tradition.…

Summer Reading for the Business Professional?  Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, There are always recommendations for best summer reading and the lists usually point to fiction best-sellers.  Any suggestions for top business books?  I love a good novel but I also want to keep developing my skills. Business Minded   Dear Business Minded, There are so many great development focused books out there. I…

8 Top Leadership Books for Coaches

My son was an intern at The Ken Blanchard Companies last summer when he asked me “What do you think is the best book on leadership?” I was stumped, because there are so many wonderful books on leadership—by not only business leaders but also many other types of leaders, past and present. Let’s give a…

The High Price of Money (a five-question happiness quiz)

Consider these five statements. True or False? Money cannot buy you happiness. Money may not buy happiness, but it will buy things that make you happy. The more money you have, the happier you are. Seeking wealth, status, or image undermines interpersonal relationships and connectedness to others. Pursuing money or other materialistic values results in…

Blanchard Webinar–Don’t Let Your Ego Hijack Your Career: 4 Warning Signs

Join writer, researcher, and speaker David Witt for a complimentary webinar and online chat beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Eastern). In a special presentation on Don’t Let Your Ego Hijack Your Career: 4 Warning Signs, David will be sharing some of the latest research on ego, personality, and its impact on leadership behavior.…

Top Reasons Why Employees Don’t Do What They Are Supposed to Do—as reported by 25,000 managers

Why don’t employees do what they are supposed to do?  Former Columbia Graduate School professor and consultant Ferdinand Fournies knows.  Over the course of two decades, Fournies interviewed nearly 25,000 managers asking them why, in their experience, direct reports did not accomplish their work as assigned. Here are the top reasons Fournies heard most often…

Exit interviews show top 10 reasons why employees quit

Ask employers why people quit a company and 9 out of 10 will tell you it’s about the money. Ask employees the same question and you’ll get a whole different story. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) discovered this when they asked 19,000+ people their reasons for leaving as a part of exit interviews they conducted for clients. The…

Only 14% of employees understand their company’s strategy and direction

Why don’t more employees do what they are supposed to do?  Author and consultant William Schiemann might have part of the answer—only 14% of the organizations he polled report that their employees have a good understanding of their company’s strategy and direction. He shares that fact and some of the causes as a contributing author…

Accountability Issues? Poor alignment might be the real issue

In The E-Myth Revisited:  Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, author Michael Gerber identifies that everything a leader does begins with a common understanding of his or her company’s prime objective. This includes a clear sense of what the company stands for and where it is going. Scott Blanchard referred…