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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060799129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060799120
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blanchard, author of the bestselling One Minute Manager, has a made a career out of writing the business equivalent of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The self-appointed "Chief Spiritual Officer" of Ken Blanchard Companies, he portrays a business world in which magic tricks and mentors encountered in bohemian cafes lead troubled employees to promotions and advertising awards. Blanchard's point here is that managers are too busy and distracted to effectively mentor employees and that workers need to assume responsibility for their own failures and successes-seeking the advice of superiors only when they absolutely need to. This is undeniably true. The modern workplace-an uncertain world where layoffs and reorganizations occur with unsettling frequency-requires self-reliance. However, in Blanchard's "business parable," self-reliance is found amid a background of invariably cheerful coworkers, loving, maternal bosses and implausibly charming strangers. Blanchard's first maxim is correct: "Ultimately, it's in your own best interest to accept responsibility for getting what you need to succeed in the workplace." But readers may find his fairytale enactment of it too saccharine to be practical.
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About the Author

Ken Blanchard is the coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and fifty other books, including the New York Times business bestsellers Gung Ho! and Raving Fans. His books have combined sales of more than eighteen million copies in more than twenty-seven languages. He is the chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a full-service global management training and development company that he and his wife, Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, founded in 1979.



Susan Fowler is one of the world's foremost experts on personal empowerment and has spoken on the subject in all fifty of the United States and more than twenty foreign countries. With Ken Blanchard and Laurence Hawkins she created -- and is the lead developer of -- Situational Self Leadership;®, which focuses on empowerment and taking the initiative when you're not in charge. She is an adjunct professor for the University of San Diego's masters of science in executive leadership program.

Laurence Hawkins is an internationally renowned management consultant, motivational speaker, and -- with Ken Blanchard and Susan Fowler -- the coauthor of the Situational Self Leadership program. Hawkins received his bachelor's degree in American history and literature from Williams College and his master's and doctoral degrees in leadership and organizational behavior from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the "Council of Peers Award of Excellence." He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA--The Association of Learning Providers. Ken has been inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master's degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor's and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

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This book is a very easy read with useful information for everyone.
April Mims
Your initial read of this book can be a quick one but, I'd recommend you plan to go back and read it one more time with pen and paper.
Sharon Michaels
I would definitely recommend to anyone in a leadership or management role.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Debra T. on August 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific, and terrifically wise little book. The message of having a "leadership" perspective--no matter what your title in your organization--is simply liberating. Being able to use the Situational Leadership II model to influence up is inspirational. So often we wait around for someone or something else to make it all happen...no more! My favorite is Points of Power. I never knew I had so much influence over my success and happiness. Wonderful!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Perky on September 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This sassy little parable turns leadership upside down. Leading yourself? Fantastic idea! Why would I wait for someone else to tell me what to do and how to do it, never mind why I oughta do it? This book showed me how to set meaningful goals, what I need to do at each step of the way, and how to keep going when the going gets tough. And not just on the job. My 15-year granddaughter went through a student version of the self leadership workshop and used the concepts to make the tennis team at school. Nice of the management gurus to share their precious little secrets with us.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Randall R. Conley on August 19, 2005
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I found this book to contain some key principles for individual success in all phases of life. It will help me become a better self leader by teaching me how to seek out the direction and support I need to be successful. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in being more successful in all areas of their life.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ed on January 10, 2007
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The idea behind increasing effectiveness is a good one. There were times that I was able to incorporate the ideas into the situations here in an optical office. There were more times however, that the events just do not unfold as you would hope. It is as this point that the book's offered guidelines become faint and you may find yourself deeply in, and feel like you are starting over.

Worked in conjunction with the other Minute Manager books your business self is improved. The earlier books were more helpful than this addition to the series on their own. This edition just does not stand up by itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Green on June 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I selected a variety of management books to browse at a local bookstore. This was the second book I picked up from the stack and I didn't get to any of the others. I couldn't put it down. Because it was such a quick and easy read, I finished it in the store!

When I finished I felt better about myself, my position at my newly formed software company, and how to push through to complete my large goal list. I will definitely be adding this book to my library. My friends and coworkers will be receiving copies as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April Mims on January 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful book with a very clear, easy to follow message to help anyone become a self leader. Blanchard identifies the different types of power that each person can possess and shows how to use it to become an effective leader, regardless of your position within the company. Using the situational self leadership model, the story very clearly illustrates how to get away from being a victim and blaming others to becoming a leader and accepting responsibility.

This book is a very easy read with useful information for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Martin on September 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
One of the main problems with most organizations is the amount of victimization throughout; blaming everything and everybody for ones problems. In delightful story form, this book shows how one can go from being a victim to self leader. The book gets at the very foundational factors that allow us to learn and grow and shows how we can use our power to lead ourselves and others. It is a must-read for everyone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dick Lyles on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Everyone, no matter what your role, should read this book. If you are already successful, this book will help you to sustain your success. If you are striving, this book will help you attain your goals more efficiently and effectively. Besides that, it is a fun and entertaining read.

If you have any doubts at all about your career or where you're headed, this book will show you the path to dispelling those doubts.
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