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.
Sheldon Bowles lives in Winnipeg, Canada, and is president of Ode to Joy Limited, chairman of Precision Metalcraft Inc., and an associate of the Exchange Group. A noted speaker, author, and businessperson, he serves on several boards and is currently busy with new projects: a chain of full-service car washes and three forthcoming books, High Five!, Kingdomality, and Road to Riches, all coauthored with Ken Blanchard.
Harvey MacKay graduated from both the University of Minnesota and the Stanford University School of Business. In 1959, at the age of 26, he purchased a small, failing envelope company and turned it into Mackay Mitchell Envelope Company, a $100 million business. He is the chairman and CEO of the company and a nationally syndicated columnist for United Feature Syndicate. He is the author of several books including Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive, Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt and The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World.