December 2016

Logo for The rise of the feedback culture The rise of the feedback culture

Joseph Grenny says that, in his experience, a company's overall "health" is often linked to the "average lag time between identifying and discussing problems." The longer managers wait to address problems in the workplace, the greater the negative impact on things like engagement, employee satisfaction and productivity....

Logo for How to Bridge the Leadership Perception Divide How to Bridge the Leadership Perception Divide

A VitalSmarts survey uncovered a huge gap between how management and employees view the company's leadership style and culture. Even worse, this gap markedly influences productivity and turnover. When employees thought leaders valued obedience, deference to authority, predictability and competition with peers, they were 32 percent...

Logo for 7 Things That Will Destroy Your Career 7 Things That Will Destroy Your Career

A recent survey by VitalSmarts found that 83% of people had seen someone make a blunder that had catastrophic results for their career, reputation, or business, and 69% admitted that they themselves had done something that had damaged their careers....

Logo for Holiday secret: 8 of 10 couples have an overspender Holiday secret: 8 of 10 couples have an overspender

Is Black Friday breaking your budget? Turns out you're not alone. VitalSmarts research shows 8 out of 10 couples overspend during the holidays, but most never address their squandering partner. Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield share tips for holding this crucial conversation....

Logo for Facebook Gets Ugly: Politics Brings Out the Troll In Us Facebook Gets Ugly: Politics Brings Out the Troll In Us

Research by Joseph Grenny, co-author of Crucial Conversations, shows 81% said “difficult or emotionally charged” conversations they have held over social media remained unresolved. Two out of five blocked, unsubscribed to, or defriended someone over arguments that took place via social media....

Logo for Why Teamwork Matters at Every Level Why Teamwork Matters at Every Level

The July 2016 Corporate Culture Chasm survey from VitalSmarts found a disparity between how employers and employees perceive competition. While leaders say they value teamwork in the workplace, employees say they believe employers really want to see staff compete with one another....

Logo for Learning In Practice: GOLD Award Winner Learning In Practice: GOLD Award Winner

VitalSmarts partnered with our client, Gold Fields, to enter their Influencer Training initiative to reduce avoidable injuries on their mining worksites. The practice won the top award, Gold, in the Business Impact category from Chief Learning Officer....

Logo for How to Make Feedback Feel Normal How to Make Feedback Feel Normal

Joseph Grenny says the primary reason people struggle with giving and receiving feedback is not a lack of proficiency but of frequency. He shares the success of implementing feedback at The Other Side Academy and tips leaders can use to create a similar environment in their...

Logo for What did you say? What did you say?

Some 31% of respondents to a recent study by VitalSmarts executives Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield said making a catastrophic comment cost them a pay increase, a promotion, or their job....

Logo for Don’t let stress and a crazy pace kill your culture Don’t let stress and a crazy pace kill your culture

A 2016 study from VitalSmarts, a leadership training company, interviewed 827 tech employees, to look at how culture affects performance in tech companies. The study identified some key ideas around culture and how it can positively or negatively affect the overall performance of the company. Based on...

Logo for How to Talk About the Orlando Shootings at Work How to Talk About the Orlando Shootings at Work

How can you discuss your feelings about violence like the Orlando mass shootings without upsetting coworkers? David Maxfield, vice president of research at VitalSmarts, says, “ask yourself what the purpose of having this conversation is. If you want to express sadness for the victims or support,...

Logo for 7 Ways to Stop a Meeting from Dragging On 7 Ways to Stop a Meeting from Dragging On

Joseph Grenny shared seven of his favorite interventions for stopping a meandering meeting. These tips are tactful things anyone can do to not only take responsibility for my own investment of time, but to become a healthy voice for the silent majority....

Logo for 5 Career-Crushing Things Employees Say 5 Career-Crushing Things Employees Say

VitalSmarts has come up with a list of what we'll describe as "five career-crushing ways to express yourself," and we've adapted that survey-supported list here. The conversations and exchanges that require some degree of caution include: offering feedback to a co-worker; discussing race, politics, religion...

Logo for Can You Recover from a Major Gaffe at Work? Can You Recover from a Major Gaffe at Work?

VitalSmarts recently surveyed 775 U.S. employees and found that 69% admitted they had said something at work that they later had cause to wish they hadn’t. Of those, VitalSmarts reports, 27% said inserting foot in mouth had “undercut or destroyed a working relationship,” and almost one in...

Logo for Curious Things That Will Kill Your Career Curious Things That Will Kill Your Career

A recent survey by VitalSmarts found that 83% of people had seen someone make a blunder that had catastrophic results for their career, reputation, or business, and 69% admitted that they themselves had done something that had damaged their careers....

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TrainingIndustry.com, named VitalSmarts, a TwentyEighty company, to the Top 20 Leadership Training Companies List for the second consecutive year. Selection to the annual list is based on the following: Thought leadership and influence within the training industry Industry recognition and innovation Breadth of programs and range of audiences...

Logo for 5 ways to minimize distractions at work 5 ways to minimize distractions at work

Research continually tells us multitasking decreases productivity rather than increasing it. By dividing your focus, you’re increasing your stress levels and decreasing your performance abilities, write Joseph Grenny for Harvard Business Review. Grenny shares five ways you can minimize your workplace distractions....

Logo for Why Keeping Quiet May Sabotage Your Relationship Why Keeping Quiet May Sabotage Your Relationship

A lot of couples might keep it to themselves when they're mad at each other because they're scared of starting potentially relationship-threatening arguments. But a new study by VitalSmarts has found that avoiding these conversations is actually more likely to do a relationship in....

Logo for Trick Yourself into Breaking a Bad Habit Trick Yourself into Breaking a Bad Habit

Joseph Grenny writes that most of us are blind to the many forces that shape our choices. We overestimate the degree to which we are the product of conscious choice and grossly underestimate the power of situational and social forces. It’s time we learned to...