Know Can Do!

Put Your Know-How Into Action

Ken Blanchard (Author) | Paul Meyer (Author) | Dick Ruhe (Author)

Publication date: 10/01/2007

Bestseller over 150,000+ copies sold

Know Can Do!

Ken Blanchard's fable explores what causes the gap between knowing and learning and actually doing something with that knowledge

From bestselling author Ken Blanchard, whose books have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide

Offers a foolproof method for putting your knowledge into practice

Written in the entertaining fable format Blanchard made famous

Attempting to better themselves—learn new skills, break bad habits, realize their potential—people read books, attend seminars, take training courses. And companies pitch in too, spending billions of dollars every year on professional development programs aimed at helping their employees become more effective. But in spite of what people sincerely believe are their best efforts, all too often their behavior doesn’t change. The fact that it seems to be so hard to make new learning stick is an endless source of frustration for both individuals and
organizations.

For years Ken Blanchard has been troubled by the gap between what people know—all the good advice they’ve digested intellectually—and what they actually do. In this new book he and his coauthors, Paul J. Meyer and Dick Ruhe, use the fable format Blanchard made famous to lay out a straightforward method for learning more, learning better, and making sure you actually use what you learn.

This engaging story identifies three key reasons people don’t make the leap from knowing to doing and then moves on to the solution. It teaches you how to avoid information overload by learning “less more, not more less.” You’ll find out how to adjust your brain’s filtering system to learn many, many times more than ever before, ignite your creativity and resourcefulness with Green Light Thinking, master what you’ve learned using spaced repetition, and more.

At last, an answer to the question, “Why don’t I do what I know I should do?” Read this book and you will!

 From bestselling author Ken Blanchard, whose books have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide

 Offers a foolproof method for putting your knowledge into practice

 Written in the entertaining fable format Blanchard made famous

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Ken Blanchard's fable explores what causes the gap between knowing and learning and actually doing something with that knowledge

From bestselling author Ken Blanchard, whose books have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide

Offers a foolproof method for putting your knowledge into practice

Written in the entertaining fable format Blanchard made famous

Attempting to better themselves—learn new skills, break bad habits, realize their potential—people read books, attend seminars, take training courses. And companies pitch in too, spending billions of dollars every year on professional development programs aimed at helping their employees become more effective. But in spite of what people sincerely believe are their best efforts, all too often their behavior doesn’t change. The fact that it seems to be so hard to make new learning stick is an endless source of frustration for both individuals and
organizations.

For years Ken Blanchard has been troubled by the gap between what people know—all the good advice they’ve digested intellectually—and what they actually do. In this new book he and his coauthors, Paul J. Meyer and Dick Ruhe, use the fable format Blanchard made famous to lay out a straightforward method for learning more, learning better, and making sure you actually use what you learn.

This engaging story identifies three key reasons people don’t make the leap from knowing to doing and then moves on to the solution. It teaches you how to avoid information overload by learning “less more, not more less.” You’ll find out how to adjust your brain’s filtering system to learn many, many times more than ever before, ignite your creativity and resourcefulness with Green Light Thinking, master what you’ve learned using spaced repetition, and more.

At last, an answer to the question, “Why don’t I do what I know I should do?” Read this book and you will!

 From bestselling author Ken Blanchard, whose books have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide

 Offers a foolproof method for putting your knowledge into practice

 Written in the entertaining fable format Blanchard made famous

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Ken Blanchard
Ken Blanchard is the founder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the coauthor of several best-selling books, including The One Minute Manager®_and The New One Minute Manager®, Raving Fans and Gung Ho! His books have combined sales of more than twenty million copies in forty-two languages. Ken is also cofounder of Lead Like Jesus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping people to be servant leaders.

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A celebrated trailblazer and leader of the multibillion-dollar self-improvement industry, Paul J. Meyer founded Success Motivation Institute, Inc. in 1960 and dedicated it to ""motivating people to their full potential."" Based on Meyer's vision to help people achieve their goals, his flagship company has grown into an international group of companies marketing his materials in more than sixty countries and in twenty-three languages with others in progress. Combined sales exceed $2 billion worldwide, which surpasses the sales of any other self-improvement author, living or deceased. Success in his own life and expertise in teaching others to fulfill their potential and reach their goals has earned Meyer worldwide recognition and a position of international prominence. With a rich background of experience and success, Meyer reveals many of his success principles in his book Fortune, Family & Faith. Other books authored by Meyer include the New York Times best seller Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul, The 5 Pillars of Leadership, I Inherited a Fortune!, Unlocking Your Legacy, Forgiveness . . . The Ultimate Miracle, 24 Keys That Bring Complete Success, and Become the Coach You Were Meant to Be. A book written about Meyer, Paul J. Meyer and the Art of Giving, illustrates Meyer's principles for stewardship and giving.



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Dick Ruhe is a highly popular motivational speaker, a celebrated consultant and a gifted trainer. His highly spirited presentations connect with audiences at a core level, and his humor often brings down the house.As a senior consulting partner for The Ken Blanchard Companies, Dick is the author of the training program Total Quality Leadership. He has also worked with Tom Peters, Gordon Lippit, and Paul Hersey. He has served as a regular columnist for Sales and Marketing magazine and has been published in Training and Development, Proceedings of the Academy of Management, and Executive Excellence.

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Table of Contents



Preface

Chapter 1: The Missing Link

Chapter 2: The Power of Repetition

Chapter 3: Reason One: Information Overload

Chapter 4: Applying the Less-More Philosophy

Chapter 5: Reason Two: Negative Filtering

Chapter 6: Listening with a Positive Mindset

Chapter 7: Using Green Light Thinking

Chapter 8: Reason Three: Lack of Follow-Up

Chapter 9: Accentuating the Positive to Help People Win

Chapter 10: Providing More Structure, Support, and Accountability

Epilogue

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Services Available

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Excerpt

Know Can Do!

PREFACE

When I think about the writing of Know Can Do, it’s been a long time coming and has quite a history. Years ago, a dear friend of mine asked me what my biggest disappointment was with my career. That thoughtful question motivated some real self-reflection.

That’s when I realized that what bothered me the most was that my work did not have universal, lasting impact. While my books were widely read, many people did not follow through on the concepts and use them consistently in their day-to-day work. My concern was that some managers seemed to be content merely to talk about leadership practices, rather than actually implementing them.

My friend said, “Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place. You’re trying to change people’s behavior only from the outside.” He went on to say that he used to do the same until he realized that lasting change in people’s behavior starts on the inside and moves out.

I knew right away he was right, because all I had been focusing on were leadership methods and behavior. I hadn’t focused much on what was in people’s heads or hearts.

Armed with this new insight, I realized that I needed some way to close the knowing-doing gap—a way that focused on the inside as well as the outside.

Enter Paul J. Meyer.

Paul has been a trailblazer in the behavior change business for almost fifty years. His Success Motivation Institute, Inc., founded in 1960, is dedicated to “motivating people to their full potential.” When I explained my dilemma to Paul, he was excited about trying to solve it. Give Paul Meyer a challenge, and you have a focused person beyond your belief.

After thinking about it, Paul prepared a keynote speech for a big international company on whose board he serves. The speech was entitled “The Missing Link”—what is needed to put the know-how you gain from reading books, listening to audios, watching videos, or attending seminars into action. That was the beginning of Know Can Do.

Working with Paul on this project was a real joy. He is an entrepreneur extraordinaire who has founded more than forty companies with worldwide sales that exceed $2 billion. With more than forty books in print, in some circles I am considered an author extraordinaire. What we needed to complete our team was a spokesperson who was willing to travel near and far to spread the word.

The person who came immediately to my mind was Dick Ruhe. He has worked with our company for almost twenty years and has been our number one speaker, carrying our message around the world. Dick had done some writing of his own, but as a speaker extraordinaire, he was the perfect match to work with Paul and me on Know Can Do.

One plus one plus one has turned into far beyond three. We are excited about Know Can Do and hope it gives you and your organization the strategies you need to take the knowledge you are taught and put it into action. We know it only takes one diet to lose weight—the one you focus on. In the same way, we think Know Can Do can make a real difference by giving people simple tools to close the knowing-doing gap and make their knowledge come alive. May our dreams come true and your goals be accomplished.

—Ken Blanchard June 2007

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Endorsements

Know Can Do! is a simple and totally powerful book for anyone involved in learning. Blanchard and his coauthors have done it again … highlighting how to use what you know and make a difference in your life and the lives you touch. This is a must-read!”
—Elliott Masie, Chair, The Learning Consortium

“In a world where no one can lean on yesterday's headlines, great leaders choose to be lifelong learners. So if you want to be a great leader and keep the edge, read this book and learn how to learn faster!”
—Drs. Kevin and Jackie Freiberg, authors of Nuts! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success and Guts! Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual

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