Scott Blanchard, Leadership Expert And President, The Ken Blanchard CompaniesScott Blanchard, Leadership Expert And President
Unveiled in 2016, Saudi Arabia’s national transformation program—Vision 2030—represents a transformative and profoundly ambitious plan to unlock the Kingdom’s vast potential by creating a diversified, innovative, and world-leading economy for the benefit of future generations. Using the program as a blueprint, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) aims to develop the necessary infrastructure and environment that enables the public, private and nonprofit sectors to generate investments and developments. These include transforming healthcare, driving social empowerment and nonprofit sector development, improving labor market accessibility, and ensuring the sustainability of vital resources. With significant momentum, the national program has captured the imagination of young and ambitious Saudi citizens by creating new opportunities and inspiring them to propel the country’s long-term growth and development forward.

“Businesses are continuing to grow and expand throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the extended region. With that comes the need to grow and lead people and organizations to support it,” says Scott Blanchard, leadership expert and President of The Ken Blanchard Companies®. The company is helping enterprises in Saudi Arabia leverage its management training, consulting, and coaching expertise to fast-track and orchestrate projects for Vision 2030 and beyond. The firm has over four decades of experience, and a distinguished track record in helping organizations around the globe develop inspired leaders at all levels. Using its suite of leadership development solutions through flexible delivery modalities to meet the specific needs of its clients, The Ken Blanchard Companies® is upskilling and certifying local talents who could eventually solve critical business challenges and deliver improved bottom-line results for their organizations.

Research Driven and Time-Tested Leadership Models

In today’s hybrid world of work, Blanchard®’s extensive portfolio of management and leadership training programs helps companies develop results-oriented and proactive leaders who deliver increased engagement, improved performance, and tangible results. The company leverages its unique, in-depth experience to apply proven, time-tested models in designing management training programs that cover every significant requirement of a modern-day enterprise. Whether it’s providing guidance and support to new managers or helping experienced leaders create a more engaging and productive culture, Blanchard helps address specific needs to create lasting results for the future.

Blanchard’s SLII® award-winning flagship program incorporates the company’s decades of neuroscience research and state-of-the-art design theory to create a learning experience that allows quick mastery of leadership methodologies and boosts team efficiency. SLII® is the world’s most widely used leadership training program, implemented by over 10,000 companies to improve productivity, reduce turnover, and increase ROI and profits across the enterprise. Irrespective of industry, language, or job function, SLII® teaches leaders to lead situationally, build meaningful connections with co-workers, and create exponential impact for a more productive and engaging environment. The flagship program’s easy-to-understand and practical framework enables managers to diagnose, support and advance the development level of an employee: D1 – Enthusiastic Beginner; D2 – Disillusioned Learner; D3 – Capable, but Cautious, Contributor; and D4 – Self-Reliant Achiever. Managers then use the appropriate directive and supportive behaviors to help them succeed: S1 – Directing; S2 – Coaching; S3 – Supporting; and S4 – Delegating. In addition, organizations can choose between four flexible delivery modalities that suit their requirements— in-person workshops, live virtual workshops, on-demand digital solutions, and on-demand support tools.

To further illustrate the efficacy of Blanchard’s leadership development and training programs in today’s dynamic business environment, the company, in collaboration with its partner in the UAE, Biz Group, assisted a major financial institution in adapting to technological disruption and workforce reorganization. As part of the Blanchard global network, Biz Group shares the same methodology, combined experience, and resources in delivering efficient, scalable, leadership development and training solutions. Using the SLII® program from The Ken Blanchard Companies, Biz Group opened a new avenue for its client to harness the power of adapting their leadership style to suit situations. The training program’s success empowered the leaders to nurture self-reliance within their teams and increase the quality and quantity of performance conversations. And, as leaders focused on competently leading per situation, it was reflected in the positive impact on the financial institution’s bottom line.

Supporting Local Networks with International Expertise

Globally recognized as the top solution provider for mid level and top-level leaders who want to advance their career development and leadership capability, Blanchard recently increased its investments and presence in the Middle East with multiple strategic partnerships. “With a newly formed team focusing on the Middle East and a new global partner in Saudi Arabia, we will be ramping up support for our clients in the region and backing the development of national management and leadership capacity,” states Ibrahim El Mayet, The Ken Blanchard Companies’ Vice President Client Solutions for MENA. For the KSA region, Blanchard and Tharwah, a Saudi based Transformation Advisory Services firm, are collaborating to enable clients to achieve successful business transformation in line with Vision 2030 and beyond. The partnership strives to deliver leadership development and training services focused on three key pillars—organization, talent, and leadership—with efficiency and effectiveness through Tharwah’s deep local market understanding supported by Blanchard’s international expertise.

Blanchard plans to expand its program portfolio with future focused content on critical topics such as innovation leadership and hybrid teams. The company aims to invest significant resources in introducing innovative delivery options, such as a VR experience for its training programs.

Businesses are continuing to grow and expand throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the extended region. With that comes the need to grow and lead people and organizations to support it

“We are growing our core intellectual property to create contemporary learning experiences that deliver the mindset shift and behavioral changes that tomorrow’s leaders need to succeed,” adds El Mayet.
Blanchard has also partnered with Advantexe, a leader in the field of business simulations, to offer the SLII® Challenge Simulation. The state-of-the-art simulation tool will support the application of SLII® program skills of goal setting, diagnosing, and matching. Both companies aim to offer their clients a more integrated leadership development experience. Technology is only part of the solution as companies in the KSA race against time to evolve in this fast-changing world. The pace of change today is so disruptive that visionary leadership and continuous learning connecting business realities will be the key to unlocking the innovations and opportunities companies need to thrive in the years to come.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. The partnership with global management training leader The Ken Blanchard Companies will further enhance our training program at PSAA and strengthen our curriculum to develop leadership capability for the future of the aviation industry,” CEO of Prince Sultan Aviation Academy, Capt. Ismael Koshy, stated at a press conference to announce their recent landmark agreement.

Since its inception, the hallmark of the Blanchard experience has been its in-depth expertise in curating and implementing a leadership development strategy that combines the best learning practices and cutting-edge technologies. “Blanchard programs and content reinforce accessible and memorable leadership models that are easy to communicate and translate. The powerful, straightforward models teach proven useful mindsets and skill-sets needed to bring out the best in people,” explains Scott Blanchard. The company has been formulating leadership solutions for more than 40 years and fully understands the challenges of creating engaging learning journeys. If age and experience are the most valuable commodity in the marketplace, and the ones by which all others are measured, Blanchard is truly one of the most valuable partners, delivering world-class leadership development solutions that empower leaders to succeed today and in the ever-increasing demands of the future.