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December 2019

Leaders Say Their Company Is Not Recession-Ready

Provo, UT – November 21, 2019 – When the next recession hits, as much as half of today’s workforce won’t be ready. According to new research from VitalSmarts, a Top 20 Leadership Training company, leaders say nearly half of their employees don’t have the necessary...

TURNING NEW SKILLS INTO HABITS

Newly promoted employees often struggle to quickly and adeptly transition into their new roles, according to a new study of 1,420 people by leadership training company VitalSmarts. Specifically, they struggle to turn new skills into automatic habits required for reliable execution in the new role....

How to deal with holiday stressors

Researchers have found that the holidays, while festive, provide the perfect combination for schedule and relationship overload. US company VitalSmarts has done a survey that identified the top five holiday stressors and also gave tips on how to deal with them. The top five stresses...

Don’t be afraid of scary workplace conversations

A survey conducted by VitalSmarts found that more than 80 percent of workers are fearful of confrontation. The lengths that they go to avoid difficult conversations range from avoiding the other person at all costs, dancing around the scary topic whenever they speak to the...

VitalSmarts Acquired by Leeds Equity Partners

Provo, Utah – October 1, 2019– VitalSmarts, a top 20 leadership training company, announced today it has been acquired by Leeds Equity Partners, which allows the organization to once again operate independently. In addition to allowing VitalSmarts to operate independently, the investment from Leeds Equity Partners—a...

Troublesome Teammates

Is a coworker getting on your nerves? In this episode of HBR’s advice podcast, Alison Beard and Dan McGinn  talk through what to do when a coworker acts like their responsibilities are beneath them, a colleague you referred to the team is being aggressive and...

Four Skills of Highly Productive Teams

People can have good intentions and rich technical backgrounds yet still overestimate their ability to manage workload. In fact, we’ve found that as a person’s roles and responsibilities increase, their productivity practices begin to fail them. For team members to thrive in a world of...

How to Give Feedback

Giving and receiving feedback is one of the hardest skills to get right in the modern workplace. Listen to Joseph Grenny and others discuss the best, and worst, ways to hold frank discussions at work....

FULL-CIRCLE FEEDBACK

In a recent VitalSmarts survey of 200 managers, executives said that fewer than 18 percent of employees received clear, constructive feedback. Although the study was of all employees, many of those not receiving feedback were executives, says Justin Hale, master trainer, VitalSmarts, a leadership training...

Why People Fear Giving Their Manager Feedback

In a recent survey, we asked 1,335 employees to disclose their boss’ significant weakness—one that everyone knows and discusses covertly to each other, but not directly with their manager. Asking the question was like opening the flood gates on managers behaving badly. Eight out of...

Check out 7 Mistakes That Can End Your Career

A survey conducted by the consultancy VitalSmarts and released this week by Forbes magazine points out the worst mistakes anyone can make in their career. The study found that 83% of respondents have already seen someone making mistakes that had catastrophic impacts that cost their business...

Hang up the phone and start listening

What do most of us do in such situations? Another research carried out by VitalSmarts shows that there is not much. Only one in ten people draw attention to the interlocutor, while the majority are silent, ignoring the annoying behavior (37%), looking eloquently or showing dissatisfaction in a...

TOP 20 LEADERSHIP TRAINING COMPANY

TrainingIndustry.com named VitalSmarts as a Top 20 Leadership Training Company for the fifth 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...

4 Tips for Navigating Tough Work Conversations

Luckily, author and corporate trainer Joseph Grenny has substantial experiencing navigating these less-than-smooth office dialogues, and he recently wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review outlining several important steps to take before engaging in a challenging talk in the workplace....

How to get confident and speak up at work

According to a report by VitalSmarts, which provides workplace leadership training, just 1% of workers said they would be confident speaking up at work if they saw an issue, and 37% said they feared speaking up would hurt their career or label them as a complainer....