Blanchard, Scott

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Blanchard, Scott

PERSONAL: Son of Ken Blanchard (a business consultant). Education: Studied at Cornell University; American University, Washington, DC, masters degree.

ADDRESSES: Office—c/o Blanchard Speakers Bureau, 125 State Place, Escondido, CA 92092. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Motivational speaker, writer, management coach and trainer. Ken Blanchard Companies, San Diego, CA, part owner, senior vice president, and senior consulting partner. Founder of Coaching.com.

WRITINGS:

(With Madeleine Homan) Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest: The Coaching Secrets Top Executives Depend On, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004.

Also the author of The Death of an Artisan.

SIDELIGHTS: Scott Blanchard is a senior vice president at his family's business consulting firm, Ken Blanchard Companies. Blanchard's father, Ken, is a well-known business consultant and author of the bestselling The One-Minute Manager. Trained as a corporate trainer and coach, Scott Blanchard has led numerous training sessions with corporations such as BlueCross and BlueShield, Sprint, Black and Decker, Siemens, General Motors, Honda, and Eastman Kodak, among others. He is also the founder of Coaching.com, a Web-based corporate coaching and personal development service. Working with Madeleine Homan, another vice president at Ken Blanchard Companies, Blanchard put much of his seminar advice into book format with the 2004 Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest: The Coaching Secrets Top Executives Depend On.

In their book Blanchard and Homan outline a plan that uses actual strategies employed by coaches when working personally with clients. Such a plan begins with three questions about the client's self-image: how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want to be seen. Then the authors take the reader through a series of exercises that, as a contributor for Publishers Weekly noted, "offer a perspective on their office situation and in what specific areas they need guidance." The same critic found that Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest is "an upbeat book, filled with practical advice, real life examples and numerous exercises." Paul B. Brown, writing in the New York Times, noted that the "kernel of [the authors'] advice is this: Concentrate on simplifying your life."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Businessline, July 5, 2004, "Invest in Yourself like a Hot New Stock," p. 1.

New York Times, June 13, 2004, Paul B. Brown, "A Medley of Inspiration for the Disorganized," section 3, p. 8.

Publishers Weekly, May 17, 2004, review of Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest: The Coaching Secrets Top Executives Depend On, p. 45.

ONLINE

Coaching.com, http://www.coaching.com/ (November 3, 2004).

Ken Blanchard Companies Web site, http://www.kenblanchard.com/ (November 3, 2004), "Scott Blanchard: Consultant, Trainer, Speaker, Author."