Kenneth Hartely Blanchard was born May 6, 1939, in Orange, New Jersey. He married Marjorie McKee, a business consultant, in 1962. He founded Blanchard Training and Development in 1977. Blanchard has cowritten several books on management, including one of the best-selling management books of all time, The One-Minute Manager (1982) with Spencer Johnson. In the book, the authors describe effective and efficient management skills. The basics to good management are setting goals, praising, and reprimanding. Blanchard says that these skills can easily be translated to work in the home as well as the office. Blanchard lives in San Diego, California.
Dr. Drea Zigarmiis a founding associate of the Ken Blanchard Companies and co-creator of Situational Leadership II, a developmental leadership model. He co-authoredLeadership and the One Minute Managerand, most recently,The Leader Within.He has trained 50,000 managers.Susan Fowleris the creator and lead developer of the Ken Blanchard Companies Situational Self Leadership, a self-leadership and personal empowerment program. Fowler's publications includeThe Team Leader's Idea-a-Day Guide(with Drea Zigarmi) andEmpowerment(with Ken Blanchard).Dr. Dick Lylesis president and CEO of Leadership Legacies, focusing on developing a new generation of leaders. He co-founded Maric College in San Diego and past president of the Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the author ofWinning Ways: Four Secrets for Getting Great Results by Working Well with People.