VitalSmarts Awards

VitalSmarts offers award-winning training products and solutions that have gained the recognition of some of the industry's largest and most influential associations and publications. In addition, the executive team has earned top honors for their leadership, success, vision, and dedication. Recent awards received include:

Recent Awards

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Learning In Practice: GOLD Award Winner

September 2016

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.

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No. 1 Top Training Video

September 2016

Training Magazine named “The Janitor Story” from Crucial Accountability the No. 1 training video produced in-house. 

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VitalSmarts Ranked #30 in the UV 50 Awards

September 2016

VitalSmarts ranked 30 among 50 0f Utah Valley’s fastest-growing companies. This was VitalSmarts’ fourth consecutive year on the UV 50 list.

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Top 20 Leadership Training Company

February 2016

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 served Delivery of methods Strength of clients […]

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LEAD2016 Leadership Excellence Awards: Top Leadership Partner

February 2016

VitalSmarts received a LEAD award for Top Leadership Partner. For more than 30 years, Leadership Excellence, now a part of HR.com, has identified and recognized the top 500 leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in its yearly ranking.

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LEAD2016 Leadership Excellence Awards: Best Experienced/Senior Leader program

February 2016

VitalSmarts received a LEAD award for Best Experienced/Senior Leader program. For more than 30 years, Leadership Excellence, now a part of HR.com, has identified and recognized the top 500 leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in its yearly ranking.

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LEAD2016 Leadership Excellence Awards: Best Train the Trainer Program

February 2016

VitalSmarts received a LEAD award for Best Train the Trainer program. For more than 30 years, Leadership Excellence, now a part of HR.com, has identified and recognized the top 500 leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in its yearly ranking.

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Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology: Best Advance in Learning Management Technology for External Training

December 2015

VitalSmarts was awarded the silver award for the VitalSmarts Instructional Platform (VIP) — the Company’s proprietary training platform.

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Utah Business Best Companies to Work For

December 2015

VitalSmarts was named among the best companies to work for in Utah in 2015.

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The Salt Lake Tribune Top Workplaces 2015

November 2015

For the second consecutive year, VitalSmarts is ranked #12 in the Top Workplaces in Utah in the midsize business division by The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Chief Learning Officer’s 2015 Learning In Practice Awards

October 2015

VitalSmarts won GOLD for Excellence in Community Service — in Chief Learning Officer’s 2015 Learning In Practice Awards — for its efforts in helping the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) increase the number of KIPP school founders who make it to year four from 50 percent to 82 percent within five years. See case study […]

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Top 20 Leadership Training Companies

January 2015

VitalSmarts was named to the Top 20 Leadership Training Companies List by Training Industry, Inc.

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Top Workplaces – Wasatch Front – 2014

November 2014

In The Salt Lake Tribune’s first annual ranking of Utah’s top workplaces, VitalSmarts ranked #6 out of 20 in the Small Companies category.

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MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100

October 2014

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 97 on the Utah 100 list of most successful and fastest-growing companies.

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2014 Bronze Stevie Award Winner

September 2014

VitalSmarts won a Stevie Award in The 2014 American Business Awards in the category of  Product Development/Management Department or Team of the Year.

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Utah Business Magazine

August 2014

VitalSmarts was named to the Fast 50 by Utah Business Magazine — for the third time. (We also won in 2009 and 2010.)

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Inc. Magazine

August 2014

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 4875 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America — and was named a Five-time Inc. 5000 Honoree.

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VitalSmarts Wins ISA ‘Business of the Year’ Award

March 2014

VitalSmarts was named the 2014 Business of the Year by ISA – The Association of Learning Providers – for the second time, during its annual business retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

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Top 20 Leadership Training Companies Watch List

February 2014

VitalSmarts made the watch list for TrainingIndustry.com’s 2014 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies.    

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MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100

October 2013

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 97 on the Utah 100 list of most successful and fastest-growing companies.

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Inc. Magazine

August 2013

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 4109 on the 2013 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America and No. 79 for Utah companies.

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“Spirit of ISA” Broomfield Award

March 2013

Al Switzler received the 2013 “Spirit of ISA” Broomfield Award for his contributions to advance ISA’s vision and strategic direction.

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Telly Awards

March 2013

VitalSmarts received two second-place bronze awards from the 34th Annual Telly Awards for outstanding videos.

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Top 20 Leadership Training Companies Watch List

February 2013

VitalSmarts made the watch list for TrainingIndustry.com’s 2013 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies.

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PRSA Golden Spike Awards

November 2012

VitalSmarts received a Golden Spike Finalist Award in the Marketing Products/Services category from the Public Relations Society of America, Utah Valley Chapter for the Crucial Conversations 4 launch campaign.

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MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100

October 2012

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 100 on the Utah 100 list of most successful and fastest growing companies.

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Inc. Magazine

August 2012

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 3311 on the 2012 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.

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Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Awards

August 2012

VitalSmarts was awarded a certificate of merit from the Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Awards for the Change Anything Training course.

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Utah Valley BusinessQ Top 30 Fastest-Growing Companies

June 2012

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 29 in the UV50 list of fastest-growing companies.

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Communicator Awards

April 2012

The Silent Treatment Study website was awarded the prestigious Silver Communicator Award in the Website category of the 2012 Communicator Awards.

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Telly Awards

March 2012

VitalSmarts received one first-place silver award and one second-place bronze award from the 33rd Annual Telly Awards for outstanding videos.

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PRSA Golden Spike Awards

October 2011

VitalSmarts won a Golden Spike Award in the Marketing Products/Services category from the Public Relations Society of America, Utah Valley Chapter for the Silent Treatment launch campaign.

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Leadership Excellence 500

October 2011

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 13 in the large consulting group category of best leadership development firms in North America.

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MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100

September 2011

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 94 on the Utah 100 list of most successful and fastest growing companies.

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Inc. Magazine

August 2011

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 3425 on the 2011 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.

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EMPixx Awards

July 2011

VitalSmarts received a platinum and gold award for their excellence in moving pixels.

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Telly Awards

March 2011

VitalSmarts received one first-place silver award and one second-place bronze award from the 32nd Annual Telly Awards for outstanding videos.

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Utah Valley BusinessQ Top Revenue Companies

February 2011

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 8 in the UV50 list of top revenue companies.

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Top 20 Leadership Training Companies Watch List

February 2011

VitalSmarts made the watch list for TrainingIndustry.com’s 2011 Top 20 Leadership Training Companies.

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PRSA Golden Spike Awards

October 2010

VitalSmarts won two finalist awards from the Public Relations Society of America for excellence in communication campaigns.

Utah Business Forty under 40

October 2010

Vincent Han, president of Change Anything, a division of VitalSmarts, was selected by Utah Business as one of Utah’s top 40 business executives under the age of 40.

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MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100

September 2010

VitalSmarts is ranked #77 on the Utah 100 list of most successful and fastest growing companies.

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Inc. Magazine

September 2010

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 3746 on the 2010 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.

Utah Business Fast 50

July 2010

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 29 on the list of the 50 fastest growing and revenue-generating companies in Utah.

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2010 Stevie Awards Winner

May 2010

VitalSmarts won a Stevie Award in The 2010 American Business Awards in the category of Marketing Department of the Year.

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Communicator Awards

April 2010

The Crucial Skills blog was awarded the prestigious Silver Communicator Award in the Business Blog category of the 2010 Communicator Awards.

Utah Business 30 Women to Watch

March 2010

Mary Dondiego McChesney, senior marketing director at VitalSmarts, was selected by Utah Business as one of the top 30 women worth watching.

Telly Awards

March 2010

VitalSmarts received two first-place silver awards and four second-place bronze awards from the 31st Annual Telly Awards for outstanding videos.

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UV50

February 2010

VitalSmarts was ranked #9 on the list of Top Revenue Companies in Utah Valley.

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MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100

September 2009

VitalSmarts was ranked No. 70 on the Utah 100 list of most successful and fastest growing companies.

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Top Training Product of the Year

August 2009

Influencer Training was named one of the five top training products of the year by Human Resource Executive Magazine for its ability to deliver results.

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Inc. Magazine

August 2009

VitalSmarts ranks #2,509 on the 2009 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.

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MIT Change Management Approach of the Year 2009

August 2009

Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, and Andy Shimberg receive the Beckhard Memorial Prize by MIT Sloan Management Review for the most outstanding article on planned change and organizational development of the year for their article “How to Have Influence,” originally published in the Fall of 2008.

Utah Business Fast 50

July 2009

VitalSmarts was ranked #29 on the list of the 50 fastest growing and revenue-generating companies in Utah.

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UV50

June 2009

VitalSmarts was ranked #12 on the list of Top Revenue Companies and #20 on the list of the fastest-growing companies in Utah Valley.

2009 Stevie Awards Finalist

May 2009

VitalSmarts product development team is named a finalist in The 2009 American Business Awards in the Best Product Development Team category.

Soundview Award for Best Business Book of 2008

January 2009

Influencer: The Power to Change Anything receives the award for the Best Business Book of 2008 by Soundview Executive Summaries. This award makes the authors the only two-time winners of the Harold Longman Award. Their second bestseller, Crucial Confrontations, was names the Best Business Book of 2004.

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MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100

September 2008

VitalSmarts is ranked #59 on the Utah 100 list of most successful and fastest growing companies.

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Inc. Magazine

August 2008

VitalSmarts ranks #2216 on the 2008 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.

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Telly Awards

May 2008

VitalSmarts receives a silver and two bronze awards from the 29th Annual Telly Awards for outstanding videos.

Hermes Creative Award

May 2008

The Crucial Skills Newsletter is named a gold winner for content and design by the Hermes Creative Awards.

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ISA Business of the Year

May 2008

The Association of Learning Providers recognizes VitalSmarts as the business of the year for its commitment to workplace learning and performance.

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UV50

February 2008

VitalSmarts was ranked #12 on the list of Top Revenue Companies and #20 on the list of the fastest-growing companies in Utah Valley.

ASTD Excellence in Practice Awards

January 2008

VitalSmarts, in partnership with MaineGeneral Health System, wins an excellence in practice award for MaineGeneral’s roll out of Crucial Conversations Training which resulted in improved patient safety and employee satisfaction as well as a complete cultural transformation.

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MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100

September 2007

VitalSmarts is ranked #37 on the Utah 100 list of most successful and fastest growing companies.

Leadership Excellence 100 best Leadership Development programs in North America

August 2007

Leadership Excellence ranks VitalSmarts as #7 on the list of 100 best Leadership Development programs in the Large Consulting Group division.

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Inc. Magazine

August 2007

VitalSmarts ranks #1,501 on the 2007 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America.

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2007 Stevie Awards

May 2007

VitalSmarts won a Stevie Award in The 2007 American Business Awards in the category of Best Sales Team.

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Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007

May 2007

VitalSmarts co-founders, Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan and Mike Carter, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 Award in the Utah region. This award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.

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MountainWest Capital Network’s Utah 100

September 2006

VitalSmarts is ranked #35 on the Utah 100 list of most successful and fastest growing companies.

Leadership Excellence 100 best Leadership Development programs in North America

August 2006

Leadership Excellence ranks VitalSmarts as #6 on the list of 100 best Leadership Development programs in the Large Consulting Group division.

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Inc. Magazine

August 2006

VitalSmarts ranks #491 on the 2006 Inc. 500, for the second consecutive year with a sales growth of 307.8%

Utah Valley BusinessQ “40 Under 40”

August 2006

Steve Willis of VitalSmarts is named as one of Utah Valley’s top 40 business professionals under the age of 40.

Financial Times Bestseller List

August 2006

Crucial Conversations reaches #1 on the The Financial Times bestseller list. Financial Times is an international business newspaper printed in 22 cities: London, Leeds, Dublin, Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Milan, Madrid, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Washington DC, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Dubai and Johannesburg.

Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum “Top 25 Under 5”

June 2006

VitalSmarts is ranked second in Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum’s Top 25 companies under five years old.

Publications Management Magnum Opus Awards

June 2006

The Crucial Skills Newsletter won a bronze award in the category of “most improved.”

BusinessWeek Bestseller

May 2006

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High climbs to #6 on the BusinessWeek bestseller list.

BusinessWeek Bestseller

March 2006

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High reaches #8 on the BusinessWeek bestseller list.

BusinessWeek Bestseller

October 2005

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High climbs to #5 on the BusinessWeek bestseller list.

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Inc. Magazine

September 2005

VitalSmarts ranks #293 on the 2005 Inc. 500, with three-year sales growth of 432%.

Utah Valley Magazine

August 2005

With more than 386,000 copies sold, Crucial Conversations is named the #2 book to come out of Utah Valley in the past five years.

Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum “Top 25 Under 5”

August 2005

VitalSmarts is ranked third in Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum’s Top 25 companies under five years old.

BusinessWeek Bestseller

July 2005

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High climbs to #7 on the BusinessWeek bestseller list.

Leadership Excellence 100 best Leadership Development programs in North America

July 2005

VitalSmarts was named among the top 10 leadership development firms in North America. Executive Excellence Publishing ranked VitalSmarts #7 in the large consulting group category. Applicants were judged on vision, involvement, measurement, accountability, design, curriculum, presenters, take-home value for participants, and outcome.

Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

June 2005

VitalSmarts execs Mike Carter, Joseph Grenny, Al Switzler, Ron McMillan, and Kerry Patterson were named finalists in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

BusinessWeek Bestseller

May 2005

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High is ranked for the second time on BusinessWeek’s bestseller list.

Soundview Book of the Year Award Winner

February 2005

Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior (McGraw-Hill, 2004) was named Book of the Year by SoundView Concepts.

Corporate University Cubic Award Winner

November 2004

Crucial Conversations Training® was recognized as the Most Innovate Industry Resource by Corporate University.

800-CEO-READ Bestseller

October 2004

Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations and Bad Behavior is ranked #1 on 800-CEO-READ’s list of bestsellers.

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Human Resource Executive: Product of the Year

October 2004

Crucial Conversations® was named one of the Top Training Products of 2004 by Human Resource Executive magazine. “Simple … easy to understand, engaging …”—HR Exec magazine

Wall Street Journal Bestseller

September 2004

In its first few weeks of publication, Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations and Bad Behavior reached #6 on the Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller.

New York Times Bestseller

September 2004

Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations and Bad Behavior became a New York Times bestseller.

Amazon.com Bestseller

September 2004

Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations and Bad Behavior is ranked #1 on the Amazon.com’s Business Bestseller list.

Utah Emerging Elite Recipient

September 2004

Mountain West Venture Group recognized VitalSmarts with the 2004 Utah Emerging Elite award.

Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

June 2004

VitalSmarts execs Mike Carter, Joseph Grenny, Al Switzler, Ron McMillan, and Kerry Patterson were named finalists in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.



Welcome to VitalSmarts.com

VitalSmarts and Poertner Consulting Group are pleased to announce a new era in their joint service.

VitalSmarts has acquired the business and will maintain the presence in your area to provide you with streamlined and enhanced customer support.

We look forward to working with you!

If you have any questions, please email VitalSmarts at support at vitalsmarts dot com.

Welcome to VitalSmarts.com

VitalSmarts and LeadershipSmarts are pleased to announce a new era in their joint service.

VitalSmarts has acquired the business and will maintain the presence in your area to provide you with streamlined and enhanced customer support.

We look forward to working with you!

If you have any questions, please email VitalSmarts at support at vitalsmarts dot com.