This ebook summarises the four main principles and key concepts from the fully updated third edition of Leading at a Higher Level. Ken Blanchard and his colleagues at The Ken Blanchard Companies explore how to build better leaders based on their 40 years of practice with thousands of organisations around the world. You’ll learn how to:
Go beyond the short term and zero in on the right target and vision
Empower and unleash the potential of people
Deliver legendary customer service and earn raving fans
Ground your leadership in humility and focus on the greater good
2021 Trends Report: L&D in a COVID World
Over 1,000 professionals participated in The Ken Blanchard Companies® 2021 HR/L&D Trends Survey. Participants represented all levels within the leadership, learning, and talent development function from organisations of all sizes. In this survey, we asked participants to identify the single largest problem their L&D team is currently facing due to COVID-19 going into the new year. Respondents shared over 1,000 individual responses. Learn the three main themes that appeared.
With over three decades of helping leaders and organisations, more than 18 million books in print, programs offered in more than 12 languages and clients across six continents, The Ken Blanchard Companies is recognised as one of the worlds leading training and development experts. Our groundbreaking thinking and memorable learner experiences create lasting behavioural change that has measurable impact on the organisations with which we work—companies that wish to develop leadership capacity, improve workplace cultures, drive organisational change and strategic alignment, and become high performing organisations. Using a collaborative diagnostic process we help identify each organisations unique needs and business issues, and then help to develop an appropriate leadership strategy to drive results and profits.
Virtual learning offers some significant advantages. Your learners don’t need to suspend their work in order to travel to a training site, and this means less loss of productivity. With Blanchard's carefully curated content and proven curriculum, your virtual learners gain the skills they need right now to get to the next level of development.
Why It's Crucial for Your Leaders to Take a Situational Approach To Management
Done well, performance management is a partnership. But research indicates there are significant gaps between what employees expect from their leaders and what they actually experience at work. SLII® is a model and process that helps managers be more purposeful and intentional in their conversations with people. This creates a culture where people are clear and aligned on objectives so that they can achieve organisational goals faster.
High Performance Teams: What it Takes to Make Them Work
Properly functioning and thriving teams can improve creativity and productivity, yet aren’t called upon enough when it comes to improving organisational performance. Teamwork is essential to creating competitive advantage, improving innovation, and achieving goals in the most efficient and effective way possible. All too often, teams are formed to accomplish important tasks, but are not always given the skills or proper training to reach peak performance.
It’s no secret that leadership capacity is critical to organisational success, but little research has been compiled about the long-term impact of leadership on organisational productivity and profitability.
In response, The Ken Blanchard Companies embarked on a study to answer some important questions about leadership and its role in supporting the overall success of an organisation. The study focused on four questions
For years, coaching has been regarded as a useful strategy for individual and organiSational development. Unfortunately, most organisations struggle with getting their managers to adopt and use coaching behaviours. In order to further understand the impact of leader coaching behaviours, the researchers at The Ken Blanchard Companies® embarked on a study to identify the correlations between leader coaching behaviours and the resulting correlation between trust, affect or emotion, and work intentions of their followers. This paper finds that coaching is a powerful managerial tool.
Conversational Capacity–Getting to the Sweet Spot of Effective Communication
The more challenging the situation, the greater the need to communicate clearly and effectively. Most communication weaknesses and failures in our organisations and teams can be linked to individuals lacking the skills to engage in open dialogue about difficult subjects.
One solution is increasing your organisation's conversational capacity. Conversational capacity is the ability of an individual or a team to remain both candid and curious under pressure.
Five Communication Strategies That Make Leading Change Work in Turbulent Times
Mastering the art of leading change doesn’t need to be mysterious or complicated. Acknowledging that people go through predictable and sequential stages of concern— which can be anticipated and addressed—can help your organisation accelerate change.
By training leaders on how to address the stages of concern and respond with strategies to increase involvement and influence at each stage of the change process—and build the capacity for future change—organisations can dramatically increase the probability of successfully initiating, implementing, and sustaining change.
Leading Successful Change Initiatives: Why We Need a High-Involvement, Collaborative Approach to Making it Work
Each day we are having to invent new ways of working, new ways of interacting, new ways of living. We are having to be courageous, curious, agile, and gritty. We have to react almost hourly, on the fly, to new policies or rules that often were implemented without consideration of the impact they would have on us, without our voice at the table.
High involvement is at the core of Blanchard’s approach to Leading People Through Change. We believe change leaders need to hear the voices of those impacted by the change as we make the change. If that is unrealistic, we need to anticipate the questions and concerns of those impacted by the change. We also need to develop a change mindset that demonstrates to others what is needed to be resilient in the face of change.
“One of the first things I did at my new job at WageWorks, was meet with senior leaders to determine the top three things I needed to focus on to support the company. It was very clear that leadership training was at the top of the list,” says Deanna Miller, director of learning and development. Because WageWorks (recently acquired by HealthEquity) provides administration services to manage health savings and consumer-directed benefits such as flexible spending accounts, the L&D team’s main focus had been product training. However, Miller’s research indicated they now needed to be deliberate about creating a focused, scalable leadership training program for all leaders in the organisation.
Aimco – Aligning Leadership development to Corporate Culture
“My challenge was summed up in two words: sonic boom,” says Brian O’Neill, director of learning and organisational development at Aimco. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Aimco is one of the largest owners and operators of apartment homes in the United States. The company serves nearly 250,000 residents in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
H&R Block is committed to elevating talent and culture as a key to its successful future. It’s making good on that commitment by making an investment in its leaders so they can unleash the potential in their associates.
Virtual learning has become mainstream. A study by Chief Learning Officer magazine revealed that seventy-five percent of responding organisations used virtual learning. According to Training Industry, virtual learning has become a $56 billion industry, with learning professionals claiming it is the second most effective training method they use.
When done effectively, organisations find it can reduce time away from the office and decrease the cost of training by eliminating the need for travel. Studies show virtual learning can also reduce instruction time, save energy, and increase the learners’ retention of the content.
The practice of performance review has been around for more than a century. Although the practice didn’t become mainstream until the 1950s, the primary function of performance appraisals was to provide a process for organisations to rate the effectiveness of their employees. The problem is most organisations don’t do them very well. In 1972, legendary organisational behaviour researcher Douglas McGregor published an article in Harvard Business Review titled “An Uneasy Look at Performance Appraisal” in which he outlined the pitfalls of traditional performance review.
Activating optimal motivation is far more than a feel-good proposition for individuals and organisations. It provides a pragmatic and skill-based framework, course of action, and solution to helping shift a workforce that costs organisations an estimated $350 billion annually in lost productivity. Organisations will spend $750,000 to $1 billion to fix a problem whose source many of them do not understand.
Millennials in The Workplace - How do Managers Inspire Them?
The Millennial Generation (born 1981–1995) is 76 million strong, and many managers seem to have great difficulty understanding and inspiring them. And that creates a problem, because they comprise 36 percent of today’s workforce, a percentage that will grow to 46 percent by 2020. Managers who learn how to truly inspire Millennials to contribute their talents to address the many challenges facing organisations today could far outperform their competitors.
Since the inception of SLII®, we’ve been asked about the validity of our concept of development level. This white paper will provide a deeper understanding of the concept of development level, as well as a recap of the relevant academic research* that supports the four components of development level.
Performance management is a key leadership responsibility. This survey suggests that significant gaps exist between employee expectations and what they are experiencing at work. Left unaddressed, these gaps represent a drain on overall organisational vitality through lowered employee intentions to stay, endorse, and apply discretionary effort as needed.
Online learning allows organisations to provide a consistent, convenient way to educate their employees. In fact, some experts believe that online learning is the way of the future. When designed effectively it can be just as powerful as, if not more powerful than traditional classroom training in addition to saving your organisation time and money. Following a few smart guidelines will enable you to design and deliver effective online learning experiences that meet the needs of learners.
Goal achievement is central to our positive self-concept and self-esteem. In general, MSF works because when individuals see a gap between their feedback ratings and the desired goal, they generally work to reduce the gap as a way of maintaining a positive sense of self-esteem. Individuals have a natural tendency to correct a certain behaviour when they get feedback that doesn’t align with a standard they’ve held for themselves regarding who they want to be versus how they are perceived.
Employees want more meetings with their boss. That’s one of the key findings from a survey conducted by Training magazine and The Ken Blanchard Companies. More than 700 subscribers of Training magazine were polled to learn about their experiences having one-on-one meetings with their managers. Readers were asked what they wanted out of their meetings and how that compared to what was really happening.
Innovations in Learning Design: Learning Experience that Transform
Peak learning experiences have the capacity to transform us, help us to grow, and, ultimately, optimise our lives. In a professional setting, learning gives individuals a chance to accelerate their success and expand beyond their current knowledge and skills. Yet so often those who teach don’t understand how to effectively transfer the knowledge or content in a way that learners can effectively integrate it, utilise it, and sustain it after the learning experience.
A Leadership Imperative for the Oil and Gas Industry
Working in the oil and gas industry is not unlike operating a motor vehicle—inherently but not necessarily dangerous. Many people go entire careers without a lost-time accident or injury while others experience recurring incidents. Each day requires a high level of competence and renewed commitment from each person to masterfully complete tasks that seemingly become routine. The focus on both safety and productivity must be in rigorous alignment with no lack of clarity.
Making The Business Case for Leadership Development
One of the biggest challenges training professionals face when they propose new leadership development initiatives is convincing CEOs of the financial impact of the proposed initiative. Without a clear sense of the positive financial impact, it is easy to dismiss a new proposal as being too disruptive, too expensive, or too time consuming.
Organisations around the world are being forced to change the way they do business. Shrinking budgets, downsized workforces, customers who exhibit totally new buying behaviours and expectations, and employees who may be unclear of what’s happening next are forcing organisations large and small to innovate and find new ways to save–and make–money while rallying their troops for what lies ahead.