Kenneth Blanchard life and biography

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Kenneth Blanchard biography

Date of birth : 1939-05-06
Date of death : -
Birthplace : West Orange, New Jersey
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-06-06
Credited as : Educator and author, The One Minute Manager, management expert

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Kenneth Blanchard is an American author and management expert.

Blanchard was born in Orange, New Jersey and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He attended New Rochelle High School, graduating in 1957. He completed a BA degree in government and philosophy at Cornell University in 1961, a MA degree in sociology and counseling at Colgate University in 1963 and a PhD degree in education administration and leadership at Cornell University in 1967. As an undergraduate at Cornell, he was a brother of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), and Blanchard was selected for membership in the Quill and Dagger society. In the 1960s, Ken co-developed the Situational Leadership theory and model with Paul Hersey.

Blanchard is a Cornell University trustee emeritus and visiting professor at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He and his wife were named Cornell Entrepreneurs of the Year in 1991.

His book The One Minute Manager (co-authored with Spencer Johnson) has sold over 13 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. He has coauthored over 30 other best-selling books, including Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service (1993), Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership (1985) (in which he coined the term seagull manager), Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization (1997), Whale Done! The Power of Positive Relationships (2002) and Leading at a Higher Level: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations (2006).


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