David Witt

David Witt is a Program Director for The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is an award-winning researcher and host of the companies’ monthly webinar series. David has also authored or coauthored articles in Fast Company, Human Resource Development Review, Chief Learning Officer and US Business Review.

  • 3 Ways to Help Managers and Direct Reports Collaborate to Achieve Goals

    3 Ways to Help Managers and Direct Reports Collaborate to Achieve Goals

    Want a more purposeful, aligned, and engaged organization? “Make sure managers and direct reports are taking a collaborative approach to performance,” says Susan Fowler, senior consulting partner...

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  • Goal Setting, Mental Toughness, and the Manager’s Role

    Goal Setting, Mental Toughness, and the Manager’s Role

    Best-selling business author Scott Blanchard says managers who are effective at goal setting with their people keep two things in mind: The big picture—why we are doing it and what matters about...

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  • Is managing really different today than it was four decades ago?

    Is managing really different today than it was four decades ago?

    In his seminal 1973 book, The Nature of Managerial Work, Henry Mintzberg proposed ten roles that define the day-to-day activities of a manager. They are: Figurehead, Leader, Liaison, Monitor,...

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  • Ken Blanchard on Leading at a Higher Level

    Ken Blanchard on Leading at a Higher Level

    The new, completely updated, third edition of Ken Blanchard’s perennial bestseller, Leading at a Higher Level, was released just last month. The first edition came out in 2006 and featured the...

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  • New eBook Available: Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training

    New eBook Available: Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training

    One of the biggest challenges leadership, learning, and talent development professionals face when they propose a new training and development program is convincing senior executives of the...

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  • 2019 Learning & Development Trends—10 Expert Predictions

    2019 Learning & Development Trends—10 Expert Predictions

    2019 is right around the corner.  What are the top issues leadership, learning, and talent development professionals will be facing in the coming year? 10 industry experts have identified some of...

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  • Measuring the Impact of Leadership Training

    Measuring the Impact of Leadership Training

    Does training really work? “If we as leadership, learning, and development professionals can’t answer that question with an enthusiastic yes, we’re all in trouble,” says Dr. Paul Leone, ROI expert...

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  • The Top 5 Characteristics of Servant Leaders

    The Top 5 Characteristics of Servant Leaders

    In their academic paper Identifying Primary Characteristics of Servant Leadership, researchers Adam Focht and Michael Ponton share the results of a Delphi study they conducted with scholars in the...

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  • What to Look for When Building a Servant Leadership Curriculum

    What to Look for When Building a Servant Leadership Curriculum

    “Building a servant leadership curriculum begins by identifying the attitudes, skills, and behaviors of a servant leader,” says Vicki Halsey, vice president of applied learning for The Ken...

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  • Servant Leadership: 11 Questions to See If People Would Consider You a Servant Leader

    Servant Leadership: 11 Questions to See If People Would Consider You a Servant Leader

    Ken Blanchard has a favorite question he asks audiences when he is speaking to them about servant leadership: “Are you here to serve or to be served?” Ken believes the way you answer that question...

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  • Don’t Forget Coaching When Transitioning New Leaders

    Don’t Forget Coaching When Transitioning New Leaders

    Between 50 and 70 percent of executives fail within the first 18 months of being placed in an executive role, whether they are promoted from within or hired from outside the organization,...

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  • Leaders, Use this Approach for Better Employee Accountability

    Leaders, Use this Approach for Better Employee Accountability

    In his work consulting with business leaders at top organizations around the world, best-selling author Ken Blanchard explains that for best results, leaders need to combine a focus on people with...

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  • Servant Leadership: It’s Time for a New Leadership Model

    Servant Leadership: It’s Time for a New Leadership Model

    Too many leaders have been conditioned to think of leadership only in terms of power and control. But there is a better way to lead, says best-selling business author Ken Blanchard—one that...

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  • 10 Ways Leaders Aren’t Making Time for their Team Members (Infographic)

    10 Ways Leaders Aren’t Making Time for their Team Members (Infographic)

    Performance planning, coaching, and review are the foundation of any well-designed performance management system, but the results of a recent study suggest that leaders are falling short in...

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  • 4 Tips for Mastering the Most Difficult Performance Management Conversation

    4 Tips for Mastering the Most Difficult Performance Management Conversation

    In a recent article for the July edition of The Ken Blanchard Companies’ Ignite! newsletter, senior consulting partner Ann Phillips describes three types of conversations managers need to...

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  • 3 Conversations All Managers Need to Master

    3 Conversations All Managers Need to Master

    Managers don’t have enough high quality conversations with their direct reports, according to Ann Phillips, a senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies. This deficiency has a...

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  • HR professionals identify key attributes of a servant leader you may be missing

    HR professionals identify key attributes of a servant leader you may be missing

    What are the attributes of a modern servant leader in business today—someone who puts the interests of others on equal footing with their own? The Ken Blanchard Companies recently completed a...

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  • Servant Leadership—Do’s and Don’ts When Creating a Curriculum for Your Organization

    Servant Leadership—Do’s and Don’ts When Creating a Curriculum for Your Organization

    Learn how to create a servant leadership culture in your organization. The just published June issue of Blanchard’s Ignite newsletter shares tips and strategies for leadership, learning, and...

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  • Do’s and Don’ts When Creating a Servant Leadership Curriculum for Your Organization

    Do’s and Don’ts When Creating a Servant Leadership Curriculum for Your Organization

    Taking a servant leadership mindset and turning it into a curriculum and a set of skills can be a challenge, explains Bob Freytag, a senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies. You...

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  • How Much do you CARE About Your Customers?

    How Much do you CARE About Your Customers?

    Editor’s Note: This guest post is by Hunter Young. Think about this past week. Did you go to a business where you received below average customer service? Did it make you feel unwanted? Did you...

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