33 Incredible Kenneth Blanchard Quotes

Kenneth Blanchard is a management expert from New Jersey. He gained fame after writing The One Minute Manger, which has since been translated into over 30 different languages! Along with writing his book, he has coauthored countless more. Here is a collection of some of his best quotes.

“A passionate activity is one you’re doing without regard for time.”

“A problem only exists if there is a difference between what is actually happening and what you desire to be happening.”

“Anytime you use your influence to affect the thoughts and actions of others, you are engaging in leadership.”

“Catching people doing things right provides satisfaction and motivates good performance. But remember, give praise immediately, make it specific, and finally encourage people to keep
up the good work.”

“Don’t get a big head when you win or get too down in the dumps when you lose. Keep things in perspective. Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.”

“Don’t quack like a duck, soar like an eagle.”


“Empowerment is something someone gives you. Self leadership is what you do to make it work.”

“Everyone knows that not all change is good or even necessary. But in a world that is constantly changing, it is to our advantage to learn how to adapt and enjoy something better.”

“Feedback is important to people. We all want to know how well we’re doing. That’s why it is essential for an effective performance review system to provide ongoing feedback.”

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”

“For a manager to be perceived as a positive manager, they need a four to one positive to negative contact ratio.”

“Goals begin behaviors, consequences maintain them.”

“Help people reach their full potential. Catch them doing something right.”

“I never use notes, they interfere with me.”

“I once heard profit is the applause you get for taking care of customers and your people.”

“If you don’t blow your own horn, someone else will use it as a spittoon.”

“Knowing where you’re going is the first step to get there.”

“Making the development of people an equal partner with performance is a decision you make.”

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

“One of the biggest obstacles to high performance in organizations comes from unclear expectations and accountability.”

“People have trouble admitting there are problems, but everyone has an area he or she would like.”

“People should learn less more and not more less!”

“People who produce good results feel good about themselves.”

“Take a minute: look at your goals, look at your performance, see if your behavior matches your goals.”

“The best minute you spend is the one you invest in people.”

“The best way to teach people is by telling a story.”

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”

“The more attention you pay to a behavior, the more it will be repeated. Accentuating the positive and redirecting the negative are the best tools for increasing productivity.”

“The people who work with you as their manager will look to you as one of their sources of wisdom.”

“The world is less certain and predictable now. When there’s uncertainty, people raise spiritual issues.”

“Too many leaders act as if the sheep…their people…are there for the benefit of the shepherd, not that the shepherd has responsibility for the sheep.”

“Unexpressed good thoughts aren’t worth squat!”

“We can’t always control what happens in our lives-things will go well, things will go poorly-but what we can control is our response to those events.”


In this riveting video, Kenneth Blanchard speaks about leading your people the way Jesus did. His brilliant comparison makes for an insightful and thought provoking method of management.

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