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About Crucial Skills

The Crucial Skills Blog is the official blog of the Crucial Skills Newsletter—an award-winning, weekly e-newsletter from the authors of the New York Times bestselling books Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, Influencer, and Getting Things Done.

Subscribers of the Crucial Skills Newsletter receive expert instruction for achieving results in their personal and professional lives. In addition to the Q&A responses from the authors, subscribers also receive weekly tips to improve their interpersonal relationships and leadership skills, crucial skills applications, insights from training experts and other thought leaders, and notices on events in their area.

Meet Crucial Skills’ readers.

About the Authors

Joseph Grenny

Joseph Grenny

Joseph is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and social scientist for business performance. He is also the co-founder of VitalSmarts, an organization committed to teaching others how to effectively change human behavior. His work has been translated into 28 languages and has generated results for 300 of the Fortune 500.

Kerry Patterson

Kerry Patterson

Cofounder of VitalSmarts, Kerry has coauthored four New York Times bestselling books as well as co-designed the company’s line of award-winning training programs.

David Maxfield

David Maxfield

David is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and leading social scientist for organizational change. He is also the Vice President of Research at VitalSmarts. His work has been published in MIT Sloan Management Review, HBR, and other peer reviewed journals.

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Emily Gregory

Emily is the Vice President of Development and Delivery and a Senior Master Trainer at VitalSmarts. She leads the team that designs and Develops the company’s award-winning training programs.

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Steve Willis

Steve is the Vice President of Professional Services at VitalSmarts. He has been on the forefront of developing, perfecting, and delivering award-winning training programs that have influenced more than 2 million people.

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David Allen

David Allen is considered the leading authority in the fields of organizational and personal productivity. He is author of the national bestseller, Getting Things Done and founder of the David Allen Company, the original home of the popular Getting Things Done® courses and coaching methodology used around the world.

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Justin Hale

Justin is a speaker, training designer, and Master Trainer at VitalSmarts. He has been a lead engineer in designing the VitalSmarts edition of Getting Things Done® Training and has facilitated the course and delivered keynote speeches on the skills and principles of stress-free productivity to clients and audiences across North America.

About VitalSmarts

Named a Top 20 Leadership Training Company, VitalSmarts combines three decades of original research with 50 years of the best social science thinking to help leaders and organizations change human behavior and achieve new levels of performance. VitalSmarts has identified four high-leverage skill sets that, when used in combination, create healthy corporate cultures. These skills are taught in the New York Times bestselling books and award-winning training programs of the same titles: Crucial Conversations®®, Crucial Accountability®, Getting Things Done®, and Influencer Training®. VitalSmarts has consulted with more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies and trained two million people worldwide.

Learn more about VitalSmarts by visiting www.vitalsmarts.com