Studies show that without proper training, 60% of all new managers underperform for their first two years. First-time managers who receive the necessary tools and training from the start are set up to become leaders who create engaged, productive teams, and drive greater results for your organization.

This course from the Ken Blanchard Companies® builds on the the best-selling book, The New One-Minute Manager®, to help with the exciting and challenging transition to management. It also introduces concepts from the world’s most trained leadership model, Situational Leadership®.

Who it’s for

First-time and established managers, and those considering a transition into management.

Learning Outcomes

In this newly developed first-time manager curriculum, Blanchard identifies four skills and conversations all managers must master. Participants will learn:

  • Manager Mindset – the mindset required to transition from individual contributor to manager
  • Four Conversations Model – a highly effective framework for understanding conversations needed to manage people and performance
  • Four Essential Skills – tools to have purposeful conversations that create positive, productive relationships

Plus Digital Learning for a Year

After the workshop, participants have access to the First-Time Manager Challenge, an online portal that guides learners through a set of tasks to practice skills back on the job. They also have access to the Blanchard app, workshop videos, and worksheets for a full year.

Upcoming Open Courses

Full Day + Online Platform & App ($900 or 2 Training Package Points)

December 12, 2023   June 13, 2024
Leadership Louisville Center members receive $100 off – contact us for the discount code.
Become a training package holder and receive discounts of up to 20%. Contact Paul Bolton

  • “Neil is one of the strongest facilitators we have ever worked with. He intently builds rapport with each group and draws every participant into the conversation. Neil is a valued business partner whose interest is always in the success of the client.”
    – Michael Kerrigan, Vice President of Human Resources, Aerotek Inc.

  • “Neil has a down-to-earth style, holds your attention, and expertly draws out the big issues that need addressing. He has helped us with internal team-building dynamics and with owner relations and interplay by giving us easily implemented road maps for improvements.”
    – Michael Cobelli, Chief Operating Officer, Skanska USA Civil

  • “Simple, yet incredibly powerful concepts that I can use immediately.”
    – Jon Moore, Chief of Staff, Assistant Director, Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness

  • “Enjoyed the presentation and the presenter, Neil Haveron. Educational and entertaining.”
    – Aimee Luis, Human Resources Manager, Franklin Bank & Trust Co.

  • “Tons of great, useful information. Well structured and easy to follow.”
    – David Carter, Vice President, Director of Client Operations, Republic Bank


Neil Haveron

Neil Haveron, a Senior Consulting Partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies®, has tremendous success year after year with clients who demand a high degree of business impact. He is consistently one of our most highly sought-after consultants and trainers because he balances a special blend of humor and business perspective that spans generations, cultures, and industries. Neil never fails to make an impact on his clients by providing flexible, personalized solutions that work.

Neil has successfully partnered with a wide range of mid-to large-size organizations throughout the world in industries such as health care, finance, insurance, manufacturing, retail, technology, government, and national defense. Learn more about the Ken Blanchard Companies

Covid-Safe Protocols

The Leadership Louisville Center is currently hosting its leadership training courses in person. We will be practicing all health and safety protocols as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, and state authorities. As COVID regulations and policies change, updates to our protocols will be posted here

Want to learn more about first-time leadership training for managers?

Want more information on this essential course for first-time managers? Contact Paul Bolton or call (502) 561-0458. Or fill out the form below, and he’ll reach out:

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