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November 4, 2016--Crossing the Continental Divide (Both Literally and Metaphorically)

September 21, 2016--Why I'm Terrified...and It's Good

May 13, 2016-Are You Embracing Your Goo?

April 6, 2016--Micromanagement is Good Management

March 14, 2016--The Case for Love at Work

March 1, 2016--You are Richer Than You Think

February 22, 2016--Un Poco de Dinero pero Mucho Amor

February 10, 2016--We Want to Hear Your Speech

February 4, 2016--How to Come Alive

January 20, 2016--Your Life Is Not A Movie

January 15, 2016--Yes, You Are Loved

November 20, 2015--I'm a Fraud

November 13, 2015--Fasting in 2015

October 30, 2015--Now for Something Dramatic: Listening to Nothing

October 23, 2015--We Obviously Don't Care About What Philosophers Tell Us

October 15, 2015--Friendship Matters

October 8, 2015--When You Can't Do What You Want to Do--Just Yet

October 1, 2015--Tom Brady Knows: You are the Sum of Your Training

September 25, 2015--Come With Me If You Want to Live: In My Best Schwartzenegger Accent

September 21, 2015--Why Men Need Mountains

September 4, 2015--When Being the Man is Her Problem

July 24, 2015--Your Crucible = Your Best Life

April 10, 2015--Love 101

August 9, 2012--Magic is Real

May 18, 2012--What Moment Are You In?

May 12, 2012--Who Makes You Happy?

April 26th, 2012--Courage to Be Real

April 18th, 2012--10 Ways to Save Your Life

April 12th, 2012--I'm Done Watching--Are You?

March 21st, 2012--Silence and Other Things That ACTUALLY Change Us!

January 30th, 2012--What Is Your Inauthenticity Costing You?

January 17th, 2012--What Row Are You In?

January 10, 2012--What If You Loved Winter? What If You Loved Yourself?

January 4th, 2012--Making 2012 Magical by Living What Matters

November 16, 2011--Surrendering to Imperfection

November 8, 2011--Life is a Marathon

October 18, 2011--Experience Right Now

October 4, 2011--Turning 40 Authentically

September 28, 2011--I Want To Be Afraid!

September 14, 2011--Your Life Story is Made Up!

August 11, 2011--What Does Fear and Judgment Have to Do With It?

August 4, 2011--What Can You Discover by NOT Knowing?

July 28, 2011--Perception Isn't Everything

July 21, 2011--What are You Fighting For?

July 14, 2011--Why Authenticity?

June 28th--Holding Onto Mystery

June 1, 2011--What is the Universe Saying to You?

May 20, 2011--What's That Smell? Maybe It's You.

May 4, 2011--Bin Laden and My Vow

April 19, 2011--Who's Rescuing You?

April 5, 2011--Inspiring You to Action

March 22, 2011--Poetry and No Answers

March 7, 2011 - Be Yourself

Feb 23, 2011 - Courage & Inspiration

Feb 10, 2011 - Waiting for a Sign?

January 28, 2011 - Coaching is a Spoon

  1. I'm Weird Ken Carlson 05-Apr-2018
  2. Brené Brown on Vulnerability Ken Carlson 23-Feb-2018

Now Offering Ken Blanchard Training

People Want to Be Magnificent 

They want their work to be meaningful, fulfilling, and to be part of a greater purpose. It's human nature, and understanding this important aspect of human nature is key to being a people-centered leader.

Great leaders aren't always born, they can be developed. We can show you how to read people, influence (not control) and become the kind of leader that others want to follow. Blanchard is the world leader in creating leadership development programs.

Authentic Development delivers the most impactful Blanchard trainings available. Contact Ken to learn more at 847.873.9559 or email ken@authenticdevelopment.com.

Prepare to Lead Differently

Situational Leadership® II by The Ken BlanchARd Companies

The World’s Most-Taught Leadership Model— Situational Leadership® II is a research-based behavioral model that has been adopted by more than 30 million learners around the world. Situational Leadership® II (SLII®) is recognized as both a business language and a framework for employee development that transcends cultural, linguistic, and geographical boundaries. Its foundation lies in teaching leaders to diagnose the needs of an individual or a team and then use the appropriate leadership style to respond to the needs of that person or team—leveraging all the theory and design that has made SLII the world’s most-taught leadership training model. 

The new learning design The SLII Experience™, uses game-changing techniques that immerse learners in SLII quickly, deeply, and effectively. Learners gain access to online learning assets in The SLII Experience, which are available for downloading and sharing valuable knowledge back on the job through an online learning portal. 

The two-day program is designed for individuals in leadership roles who want to increase their effectiveness, including executives, managers at all levels, project managers, team leaders, and supervisors. It is available to be delivered in person or virtually or in a blended virtual/in-person model.

Bringing together highly engaging classroom activities with pre- and post-tools helps reinforce, measure, and cement learning. Short, fast-paced learning scenarios using real work problems capture learners' attention. The outcome is that learners get up-to-speed and start using SLII faster than ever before.

Essential Skills from The New One Minute Manager

First-TIme Manager Training by The Ken Blanchard Companies

Becoming a first-time manager is one of the most challenging and critical career transitions. New managers are often chosen from high-performing individuals. These highly proficient doers quickly become struggling new managers, without the skills needed to succeed.

This one-day program helps first-time managers overcome this challenge by teaching them the Essential Skills they need to get off to a great start. Based on the #1 best-selling book The New One Minute Manager, the First-time Manager training program introduces Four Core Conversations and the coaching skills first-time managers need to achieve success quickly and build positive relationships with their teams.


  • Identify the mind-set shifts required to make the transition from individual contributor to manager
  • Learn how to use the Four Core Conversations based on the secrets of The New One Minute Manager book
  • Gain the skills needed to boost relationships and work well with others based on our time-tested coaching model
  • Practice the Essential Skills and the Four Core Conversations using real-work situations

This program benefits anyone considering a transition into a management role, those newly promoted to manager, and those early in their management career.


Improve Leadership Performance and Results

Half-Day Skill Training Modules

Learning skills for specific focus areas can be the fastest way to improve relationships and manage groups and competing priorities. Our half-day solutions can be used as stand-alone skills training or incorporated into a broader design solution. 

  • Building Trust—Revive and nurture relationships by learning to talk about trust
  • Listening—Improve commitment and engagement
  • Challenging Conversations—Resolve conflict and improve engagement in difficult situations
  • Giving Feedback—Improve performance, trust, confidence, and productivity
  • Goal Setting—Get people off to the right start
  • Leading Virtually—Effectively lead people who work in remote locations


Introduction to Situational Leadership


SLII Concepts introduces the theory of Situational Leadership® II in an engaging and informative way. Available as a keynote or half-day training.

Introduction to Team Performance

Team Performance Concepts

Based on several research-based models and strategies, including the Team Performance Process, this simple and practical program introduces you to the key concepts for building and sustaining effective, high-performance teams.


Best in Class Assessments

Leader Behavior Analysis II® (LBAII®) & Leader Action Profile

While Blanchard programs can work well alongside popular assessments
like DISC and Myers-Briggs, we have also developed assessment instruments
designed especially for Blanchard programs.

Gaining insight and awareness through self-assessment tools and 360-degree
assessments can be helpful for individuals to understand strengths and
weaknesses and break through to a new level of performance.

Leader Behavior Analysis II® (LBAII®) measures leadership style flexibility and effectiveness. The Leader Behavior Analysis II 360° (LBAII 360°) is an assessment designed to gauge leadership effectiveness and styles at all levels of the organization, incorporating feedback from managers, peers, direct reports, and oneself. Leader Action Profile is for mid-level managers through executive staff—Measures frequency of SLII leadership behaviors

A manager’s use of best practice leadership techniques can drive employee confidence
and commitment. This assessment measures the leader’s use of directive and supportive
behaviors and employees’ satisfaction with their leader and organization.


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