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Suggested Interview Questions for Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller,

authors of Great Leaders Grow (Berrett-Koehler, 2012)


1.    Tell us about your new book. Why did you choose to continue the fable?   

2.    What is the underlying message of Great Leaders Grow?   

3.    Why it hard for those who have been in the workforce to implement these lessons? Is it easier for newcomers?   

4.    Is there a time line for these steps? How long generally do they take people to learn?   

5.    How did you develop the steps of GROW?   

6.    What is the most important advice you would give to current leaders? Newcomers?

7.    How is the mentality of a leader willing to grow different than those who don’t? What are their advantages? Any possible disadvantages? 

8.    What is the biggest hurdle a leader need to overcome when growing?

9.    How do you feel employers will react to GROW?

10.  How will people be able to tell whether they are growing?

11.  How have you personally implemented these lessons in your life?

12.  What is the number one mistake someone makes while growing to become a leader?

13.  In the book, Debbie tells Blake, “Leadership is about serving your people as you work toward a shared vision.” What exactly does

       she mean by this?

14.  How has Debbie grown since The Secret? How will she continue to grow?

15.  How has Blake grown through the course of the book?

16.  During the book, Debbie compares the process of GROW to skiing. What is the meaning of this analogy?

17.  While Debbie is teaching Blake, she mentions the importance of note taking. What is the importance and what does this have to do with


18.  One of the conditions for Wisdom is self-evaluation. What does Debbie mean when she says that it hard for leaders to perform an “honest


19.  What is the one thing you want people to take away from this book?

20.  How have you personally grown as leaders?


Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life

By Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller

Berrett-Koehler Publishers

February 2012

Hardcover, $22.95; 144 pages