Learn the Crucial Skills for Success

When managers struggle, the cost can be significant: high turnover, low morale, poor productivity, and more. Frequently, these performance challenges arise because leaders have yet to develop the essential management skills to succeed. Blanchard Management Essentials® is a transformational leadership training programme both for new or aspiring managers, and equally, those who want to sharpen up on their skills and build positive relationships with team members, inspire engagement, and drive productivity.

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Management Training for Emerging Leaders

Blanchard Management Essentials® builds on the key concepts of the best-selling business book, The New One Minute Manager®. Ideal for new manager training or as a refresher for experienced leaders, it teaches the necessary tools and training to become leaders who lead from the heart and achieve results. The course covers the essence of management skills: the right mindset, core conversations required, and essential communication skills needed to build positive relationships and help others succeed.

The course introduces the Four Core Conversations model, and the Four Essential Skills culminating in a highly effective framework for managing people and performance.

Delivery Options to Meet Your Needs

We can deliver Blanchard Management Essentials® in-person in your organisation, as three two-hour virtual in person sessions, as part of a learning journey, or delivered in a self-directed online version, so managers can learn the mindset and skillset wherever they are and whenever they have time.

In Person



1 Day in Person Course

Blanchard Management Essentials® is delivered in one-day, in person by an authorised and qualified facilitator. The session is held over six hours (plus a 45-minute lunch break and four five-minute or ten-minute breaks). After the session, participants can access the Blanchard Management Essentials® Challenge on the Blanchard Exchange learning experience platform, which guides learners through a set of tasks to practise new skills back on the job.


Pre-work - Allows participants to view a live-action video (LAV) teaser and select four personal real-work situations to work on in class.

Learn & Practice

Welcome - A mihi and review of intended outcomes.

The Transition - Helps participants understand the challenges of the transition from being an individual contributor to being a manager.

Introduction to the four core conversations - Presents an overview of the Four Core Conversations.

The essential skills - Teaches managers the four essential skills they need to maintain effective relationships and achieve results.

The four core conversations - Teaches managers the four essential skills they need to maintain effective relationships and achieve results

Closing and next steps - Helps managers create a set of intentions to guide their future behaviours.

Virtual In-Person Course

Learners participate in three 2-hour virtual training sessions. These sessions teach the world-renowned One Minute Manager fundamental conversation skills; building positive relationships that drive engagement and productivity, by having effective performance conversations with their team members.

Virtual Session 1: LEARN — Understand the challenges of transitioning from an individual contributor and team member to a manager, and learn the four essential skills needed to enhance relationships and achieve results

Virtual Session 2: PRACTISE — Shows how to put the four essential conversational skills to work in the context of the first two managerial conversations around setting goals and acknowledging on track performance

Virtual Session 3: PRACTISE — Guides participants through practise activities for the third and fourth conversations; redirecting behaviour that is off track and a wrapping up discussion when the goal has been achieved. Then some time is spent preparing learners to bring their new knowledge and skills back into their work lives.

After the sessions, participants have access to the Blanchard Management Essentials Challenge through the sustainment section of the Blanchard Exchange course, which guides learners through a set of tasks to practise new skills back on the job.

Online Programme

A two-hour leadership solution that teaches new managers the skills they need to step confidently into their new role. The course also supports established managers and supervisors in improving essential management skills and helps emerging leaders reach their full potential.

Learning Design — Six modules (each approximately 20 minutes) that include assignments, engaging participant materials, videos, and learning activities

Blended Learning Option — Optional Launch and Debrief sessions can reinforce the content and are easy to facilitate

Sustainability Tools — After the course, participants can access videos and worksheets for reinforcement for a full year through their learner portal

Online Overview

This 35-minute online overview teaches the core concepts of Blanchard Management Essentials® through short videos, interactions, and tools. Ideal for learners who need an overview of the content or a refresher, this course design can be used along with virtual and in-person sessions, or as part of a learning journey, to create more flexible learning experiences.

Digital Assets

Micro-activities: Organised into bite-sized pieces, ranging from 1 to 5 minutes

Interactive Exercises: Fun, engaging activities include videos, games, stories, case studies, and online discussions

Manager-Led Debriefs: Optional manager-led debriefs enable collaboration and discussion for a blended learning experience

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International research has revealed:

Research has revealed:

45% of managers feel that they lack the confidence to help team members develop necessary skills.(1)

26% of first-time managers feel they weren’t ready to lead others to begin with.(2)

75% of managers would like more training in how to be a good boss.(3)

Don’t rely on what was done to you or go on your instincts as it could potentially undermine morale and productivity. Apply the essential management skills to maximise achievement.

The Manager Training Advantage

Blanchard Management Essentials® helps managers transform into inspiring leaders. It does this by teaching managers how to communicate effectively, set goals, be empathetic, and give feedback. And when managers know how to do this, an organisation can take flight.

Create Success Fast

Fast track to management success by learning powerful management fundamentals.

Build Positive Skills

Skilled managers know how to and empower their team members so they can achieve the extraordinary.

Reduce Staff Frustration

Help employees manage heavy workloads, support career development, and communicate organisational goals.

Develop Future Leaders

Learn effective leadership techniques that form the foundations for successful careers.

Ready to Get Started?

Contact us today to learn how we can help you or the leaders you support learn the skills they need to manage and develop people effectively. Whether you prefer to use well-established, standard training designs or to tailor your learning experiences, we can help you succeed.

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