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December 2017

5 things you should do now to be more productive in 2018

According to researchers David Maxfield and Justin Hale from the leadership training company VitalSmarts, the one thing top employees do that sets them apart from average employees is use "capture tools." Rather than running the risk of forgetting a task, top-performing employees use a sticky note, app or...

Supporting Remote Workers

But there are also downsides. A new survey conducted by corporate training firm VitalSmarts finds that a majority of remote workers (52 percent) feels that their colleagues don’t treat them equally....

Platinum Winner in The Pixie Awards

VitalSmarts was awarded two platinum Pixie Awards (scoring 9/10) for their videos: An Introduction to Crucial Conversations Online with Joseph Grenny and The B.S. Guys: The 4 Ways You’re Being Manipulated (and How to Stop It)....

7 critical skills for managing remote workers

Remote and flexible work opportunities are quickly becoming a differentiator for attracting and retaining top tech talent. But remote workers face unique challenges that on-site colleagues don’t, according to a new study from authors and social scientists Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, including unequal treatment...

Yes, You Can Make Office Politics Less Toxic

I once served on the board of a nonprofit with a group of men and women I deeply admired. Board meetings were an uninterrupted joy. Even lengthy conference calls were opportunities for spontaneous sharing, personal connection, and productive problem-solving. It was Camelot. Until it wasn’t....

5 Tips for a Successful Performance Review

A review is a great opportunity to discuss work styles and expectations—topics that aren’t always easy to broach during a hectic workday, says Glickman. Ask, “How can I make your life easier?” or “How can I help you achieve your goals?” Use the time to...

This Is Why No One Understands What You’re Saying

“It’s always you,” says business social scientist Joseph Grenny, coauthor of Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High. “It could be that you failed to communicate, and so it was a fact gap, or it could be an expectation gap, or it could be that on...

No. 1 Top Training Video

VitalSmarts video "Mneumonic Nmagic" was awarded the No. 1 Top Training Video  in the Produced In-House category in the Training Magazine TTV Awards....

Finding the Link Between Peace and Productivity

To answer this question, we tested the methodology described by David Allen in his book, Getting Things Done to see whether the GTD practices could make someone a ten. We had 2,072 respondents assess the impact of their production practices on two key areas: performance...

Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work

Joseph Grenny says that in every organization he's ever studied where there was a strong sense of moral motivation, the leaders were always storytellers. They understood and acted on their responsibility to overcome the inevitable alienation of routine organizational life by connecting employees with those...

5 Habits of the Most Valuable and Productive Employees

It’s no surprise managers rate top performers as their most valuable employees. What might not be as obvious is the massive impact a top performer has on an organization. A recent study revealed employees rated by their managers as “nines” and “tens” on a 10-point performance scale...

VitalSmarts Releases Getting Things Done® Training

Provo, UT—September 6, 2017—VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and leadership development, today announced the release of a new edition of Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Training, based on the methodology from the bestselling book Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David...

6 Surefire Signs Your Workplace Is Toxic

Aggressive employees can undermine safety and lower productivity, because they make the people around them go into fight-or-flight mode. According to a VitalSmarts survey, "Eighty percent of bullies in the workplace affect five or more people."...

4 Ways To Foster Happiness In The Workplace

Joseph Grenny says one way to foster happiness in the workplace is to encourage conflict resolution. Encourage face-to-face communication, in a safe environment, where the employees can discuss and work out conflicts. Then be sure to follow up, asking how the meeting went. That follow-through will...

Telly Awards Silver & Bronze Winner

VitalSmarts was awarded a Silver Telly Award for it's video "Don't Suck At Talking: Introducing Crucial Conversations Online." It was also awarded a Bronze Telly Award for it's video "How to Talk Politics with Friends & Still Have Some Left."...

What to Do About Mediocrity on Your Team

Joseph Grenny says individual performance problems are far easier to address if you’ve done the work of establishing a norm of excellence. He shares four simple but important practices that if implemented can rapidly and profoundly shift a group’s expectations in a way that leads...

Study on Bias Reveals Several Types of Discrimination

VitalSmarts latest research on workplace bias identified several ways in which people discriminate against others. Whether the discrimination was subtle or overt, those who experienced it heard these messages: "Don't be yourself." "You're not considered credible." "Just kidding." "Anything goes after hours.""You're unwelcome." "Gotcha."...

When You Use the Word Victim…

VitalSmarts, the leadership training company asked 500 victims of discrimination to share workplace experiences that made them feel excluded, unwelcome, discounted, etc. based on their race, gender, age and a host of other diversity-related criteria. They found workplace bias to be pervasive, permanent and unmanageable for...

VitalSmarts Releases Crucial Conversations® Online Training

Provo, UT—February 22, 2017—VitalSmarts, a TwentyEighty, Inc. company and an innovator in corporate training and leadership development, today announced that the award-winning Crucial Conversations Training course is now available online in a completely on-demand, asynchronous learning experience designed to reach the modern learner. While Crucial Conversations...

4 bad habits that can destroy your career

"Poor habits over time can absolutely derail a person's career," says David Maxfield, vice president of research at corporate training company VitalSmarts. "And most often they are not aware of what they're doing." Maxfield shares 4 career-limiting habits and how to overcome them....

How To Quit Your Job In A Classy Way

Many employers require a formal letter of resignation, but it's worth viewing this as an opportunity rather than a burden. "Don't use your letter to point to negatives, to settle gripes, or to say 'I told you so,'" said David Maxfield, vice president of research...

Top 20 Leadership Training Company

TrainingIndustry.com, named VitalSmarts as a Top 20 Leadership Training Company for the third consecutive year. Selection to the annual list is based on the following: Thought leadership and influence within the training industry, breadth of programs and audiences served, delivery methods offered, company size and...

A 3-Step Plan for Turning Weaknesses into Strengths

Joseph Grenny writes that you can change your own career-limiting habit if you identify your own crucial moments, seek out brief and intentional opportunities for deliberate practice, and build skills in addressing emotional barriers to your progress. Don’t let fear or inertia hold you back....