"I hired Ken initially to help me with my career but working with him has made a huge impact on all areas of my life! We really just focused on what was most important to me and it’s amazing what progress we’ve made. I’ve not only improved my resume and interviewing skills, I’ve improved my finances, and relationships with those I love. I’ve needed the focus that coaching has given me in order to make progress towards my one-year, five-year, and retirement goals. The coaching has truly changed my entire life."  ~Dawn Macek, Coaching Client

“Choosing to move out of the country was the best decision I made in 2011, but it's a decision that Ken helped to guide me through. So it's safe to say that hiring Ken as a life coach was actually the best decision I made in 2011. It's only 4 months into 2012, and I'm quite excited about the path that the "New Year" is taking. Ken is a genuine extremely competent professional who has helped me to blossom as an international leader. I would highly recommend Ken to coach anyone who is authentically dedicated to moving their career and life forward.”--Faith L Walls

"Working with Ken makes such a powerful impact on my professional and personal life. Ken reminds me to think about what I want in life and then challenges me to go for it. He asks those hard questions, makes me accountable for my actions, provides encouragement, reframes disappointments, and celebrates my successes.  Like learning to ride a bike, Ken runs with me for the first few steps until I realize I can move forward on my own." --Mary Bonesz

“Ken and I worked together helping me find out where I should be concentrating my efforts in my career. Now, I am a better planner and getting more business.”--David Granell

"That was the best 36 minutes of my life so far;  I'm serious. You can quote me on that!" ~Sample coaching client that immediately became a full-fledged client.

“Ken is a talented and effective life coach. He is an excellent listener and not only hears what you're saying, but dissects it into what you are REALLY saying. Ken has helped me in many aspects of my life and is absolutely fabulous! I recommend him to anyone in need of change, or even just a listening ear.”--Coaching Client

“I would like to personally reccommend Ken to anyone who is looking to develop professionally. His creativeness and personal touch are just a few of the many attributes Ken utilizes in guiding his clients to realizing their full potential. He was able to help me refine my resume, and implement a professional plan to reach my career goals. It was a pleasure to work with him.” ~Career coaching client

"Every once in a while you have to stop, slow down, and think about things differently. You provided the much-needed space and direction and discipline to do that." ~Coaching client

“Ken is an amazing person, which translates to an incredible authentic coaching experience." ~Life coaching client

"Ken is a unique coach, good with both those who dive free-fall into being coached and those who hesitate on their journey. He is caring, respectful, and energizing. He listens with patience and hears the story within and behind your words. Through questioning and intuition he guides you to places inside yourself where possibilities live, and sticks with you as you sort fact from fiction in the world of you." --Rhonda C. Messinger

"Hi Ken: A quick email to tell you how much I enjoy reading your BLOG! I have mostly unsubscribed myself from everything, but yours is one I look forward to reading. Your musings are wise, engaging, down-to-earth, and so easy to relate to. Love it! "~Newsletter recipient 

For Ken...

Bespectacled beloved
A nuturer for the masses
For the one
Who is lost
A shepherd of wisdom
And folly
He sips from the font of truth
Authentically he roams
Seeking the telling tears
The ripe blossom
The impossible possibility
He is awake
A fighter
For the masses
For the one
Who is lost

by Lara Tallman
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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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