TrustWorks Group Being Acquired by The Ken Blanchard Companies

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Blanchard® Poised to Expand Focus on Workplace Trust

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Once trust is lost, it is very hard to get back. But now we have a way of teaching people to understand how to assess and understand their trust behaviors. Leadership is all about relationships, and trust is a big part of that.

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The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a global leader in workplace leadership and corporate development, has announced the acquisition of the TrustWorks!® product line. Founded in 1987, TrustWorks Group has developed strategies to help organizations build respect, trust, and skills in the workplace. Beginning in May 2010, Blanchard will incorporate the TrustWorks Group’s products and programs into its suite of leadership solutions.

“We feel that trust is a foundational piece of leadership development,” said Tom McKee, President and CEO of Blanchard. “TrustWorks! programs are very compatible with our Situational Leadership® II principles. Like SLII®, it offers a common language for people to have constructive conversations about very sensitive issues like trust.”

The 2010 Blanchard Corporate Issues Survey found that approximately one out of every four companies identifies a gap in its ability to develop leaders who inspire trust.

“Corporate scandals, mass layoffs, and outsourcing have led to a pervasive lack of trust in workplaces everywhere,” said Cynthia Olmstead, Founder and President of TrustWorks Group. “The world needs trust-building now more than ever before.”

“Trust of our corporate and government leaders is at an all-time low,” said Ken Blanchard, leadership expert and co-founder of the global leadership development company. “Once trust is lost, it is very hard to get back. But now we have a way of teaching people to understand how to assess and understand their trust behaviors. Leadership is all about relationships, and trust is a big part of that.”

Cynthia Olmstead, strategic planning consultant and organizational change expert, is a former employee of Blanchard who taught SLII® for a decade before establishing her independent consulting practice. Olmstead selected Blanchard as a value-added distributor of her product line several years back.

“We have had a warm and collegial relationship for many years,” said Olmstead. “I am thrilled that TrustWorks! will now be able to gain further market reach by becoming part of Blanchard, because it is such a respected organization and pioneer in the leadership field.”

The popular Leader as Trust Builder™, Myself as Trust Builder™, and Great Teams™ programs from TrustWorks Group will continue to be available through their website, http://www.trustworksgroup.com , and will become a part of Blanchard’s leadership solutions.

Blanchard Media Contact:
Wendy Wong, Vice President of Marketing and Director of Media Relations, 760 233-6710
Email: wendy(dot)wong(at)kenblanchard(dot)com

About The Ken Blanchard Companies:
With over three decades of helping leaders and organizations, more than 18 million books in print, programs offered in more than 12 languages and clients across six continents, The Ken Blanchard Companies® is recognized as one of the world’s leading training and development experts.

Our groundbreaking thinking and memorable learner experiences create lasting behavioral change that has measurable impact on the organizations with which we work -- companies that wish to develop leadership capacity, improve workplace cultures, drive organizational change and strategic alignment, and become high performing organizations. Using a collaborative diagnostic process we help identify each organization’s unique needs and business issues, and then help to develop an appropriate leadership strategy to drive results and profits.

As the innovator of Situational Leadership® II -- the most widely taught leadership development system in the world -- our behavioral models add a situational context to the training experience so individuals learn to be more productive in real-world scenarios and make the shift from learning to doing more quickly and effectively. Learning takes place through both instructor-led and virtual experiences offered by our worldwide network of consulting partners, trainers, and coaches. To learn more, visit http://www.kenblanchard.com .

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