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Joseph  Grenny

Joseph Grenny

Business Communication Expert & NYT Best-Selling Author

Biography

Joseph Grenny is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, dynamic keynote speaker and leading social scientist for business performance. For thirty years, he has delivered engaging keynotes at major conferences including the HSM World Business Forum at Radio City Music Hall. Grenny’s work has been translated into 28 languages, is available in 36 countries and has generated results for 300 of the Fortune 500. Read More >

Grenny has shared the stage with General Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Jim Collins, Daniel Pink, Patrick Lencioni and Brené Brown at some of the world’s premier leadership conferences and organizations including HSM World Business Forum, Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, American Society of Training and Development and American Bankers Association.

Grenny is the coauthor of four immediate New York Times bestsellers with more than three million copies in print: Crucial Conversations, Influencer, Crucial Accountability and Change Anything. He has contributed regularly to BusinessWeek and Forbes; appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Bloomberg and Fox Business News; and been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.

For the past thirty years, Grenny has conducted social science research with the goal to help leaders and organizations achieve new levels of performance. Specifically, he has focused on human behavior — the underlying written and unwritten rules that shape what employees do every day.

A protégé of Albert Bandura, the world’s most influential and greatest living psychologist, Grenny’s internationally published research led to the development of his four books as well as four award-winning training solutions of the same titles, which have helped more than one million people and 300 of the Fortune 500 companies in 36 countries change human behavior. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: Change Behavior - Change the World

Speech Topics

10x Your Influence: Create Sustainable Change with Six Sources of Influence

Change efforts fail when leaders narrowly look for a single cause behind their persistent problems and then try to implement quick-fix solutions. Read More >

On the other hand, influencers succeed because they understand that most problems are fed not by a single cause, but by a conspiracy of causes. They merge multiple sources of influence into a strategy that can overpower even the most persistent and resistant problems.

In a recent study published in MIT Sloan Management Review, VitalSmarts researchers found that those who combine all Six Sources of Influence are ten times more likely to succeed at producing substantial and sustainable change. These results held true across areas of:

  • C-Level concerns—bureaucratic infighting, silo thinking, and lack of accountability
  • Corporate change initiatives—internal restructurings, quality and productivity improvements, new product launches
  • Personal challenges—overeating, smoking, overspending, binge drinking

Learn a step-by-step strategy for exponentially increasing your power to change your greatest and most persistent challenges. Read Less ^

Four Crucial Skills of a High Performance Cultural Operating System

Similar to our modern gadgets, organizations have operating systems—cultural operating systems. Both electronic and cultural operating systems (COS) provide a set of rules that guide behavior. Read More >

But while electronic intelligence is processed using written coded rules, a COS is also driven by unwritten rules. For example, executives may write cultural mandates that direct employees to take initiative, speak candidly, and act as a team. Yet when you watch what employees actually do, you realize the unwritten rules are avoid risk, defer to the boss, and stay in your silo.

So what makes a powerful COS?

This engaging presentation will use case study examples to identify the four key skills of a high performance COS. Our research shows organizations need these skills to enable world-class execution.

Each skill addresses a critical competency for personal, interpersonal, team or organizational effectiveness. The skills are found in four categories:

  1. Personal: Self-directed change
  2. Interpersonal: Open dialogue
  3. Team: Universal accountability
  4. Organizational: Influential leadership

When these crucial skills are present, things run smoothly and improve routinely. When these crucial skills are absent, the system bogs down and gets mired in mediocrity—or worse. Read Less ^

Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations & Broken Commitments

Imagine your colleague misses deadlines despite your repeated crucial conversations with him about the negative impact of his behavior? After each conversation, he commits to change. He has good intentions. And yet, day in and day out, he fails to deliver on time. So what’s getting in the way? How do you hold him accountable in a manner that produces better results and improves your relationship? Read More >

Top performers are gifted at holding others accountable. They know how to diagnose the underlying causes behind broken promises, violated expectations, and bad behavior.

In this engaging speech, participants will learn a high-leverage skill set that lies at the heart of problem solving and execution. They’ll learn how to: Read Less ^

  • Diagnose the Underlying Cause. Identify the underlying cause behind every problem using a six-source model of possible influences.
  • Make It Motivating. Motivate others without resorting to threats or power and instead, search for and explain natural consequences of noncompliance.
  • Make It Easy. Involve others in coming up with a solution to their ability barriers.
  • Stay Focused and Flexible. Skillfully attend to the problem of choice rather than getting sidetracked.

Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change

Creating sustainable change is a constant struggle for organizations and individuals. We often lack the skills to influence the behaviors behind issues like: Read More >

  • Failed initiatives
  • Short-lived change efforts
  • Unproductive corporate cultures
  • Entrenched bad habits

Influencer draws on the best practices of many of the world’s leading change agents and on five decades of social-science research to create a powerful model for changing behavior.

You’ll follow the experiences of influence masters who have succeeded in solving some of the world’s most profound problems. Examples ranging from major healthcare reform to reversals of destructive social behaviors to unprecedented corporate turnarounds will illustrate how a proven set of skills makes change not only achievable but sustainable. Read Less ^

Silence Kills: The Seven Crucial Conversations for Healthcare

Every year, 195,000 people die in U.S. hospitals because of medical mistakes. Often, well-intentioned professionals in healthcare organizations choose not to speak up when they’re concerned with the behavior, decisions, or actions of a colleague. Read More >

The study, Silence Kills: The Seven Crucial Conversations for Healthcare, conducted by VitalSmarts, in conjunction with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, links people’s ability to discuss emotionally and politically risky topics in a healthcare setting with key results such as:

  • Patient safety
  • Quality of care
  • Nursing turnover

The study suggests that creating a culture where healthcare workers speak up before problems occur is a vital part of saving lives. Learn to step up to these seven crucial conversations and drastically transform your healthcare organization. Read Less ^

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