Joseph Grenny

  • The Social Scientist for Business Performance
  • Four time New York Times Best selling author
  • Leading social scientist for business performance

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

Dynamic Keynote Speaker

Joseph 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
  • American Bankers Association

Bestselling Author

Joseph 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.

Business Social Scientist

For the past thirty years, Joseph 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, Joseph’s internationally published research ledto 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.

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    Attitude, Change, Communication Skills, Healthcare, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Peak Performance, Teambuilding

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    California

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Joseph Grenny

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

Dynamic Keynote Speaker

Joseph 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
  • American Bankers Association

Bestselling Author

Joseph 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.

Business Social Scientist

For the past thirty years, Joseph 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, Joseph’s internationally published research ledto 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.

To book Joseph Grenny call Executive Speakers Bureau at 800-754-9404

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

Leaders who use all Six Sources of Influence when approaching resistant problems are ten times more likely to succeed.

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

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.

Length: 1 to 3 hours

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. 

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. Participants will learn how to build a high performance cultural operating system that will help their organization increase growth, profitability, and other bottom-line results. 

Length: 1 to 3 hours
Audience: General to Executive Level

Crucial Accountability
Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations and 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?

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:

  • 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.

When you teach your employees the skills of Crucial Accountability, you are teaching them a vital behavior of top performers, leaders, and influencers.

Length: 1 to 3 hours
Audience: General to Executive Level

Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change
Learn to Create Change Strategies that Work

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

  • 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.

In this fast-paced presentation based on the New York Times bestseller, and 2008 Business Book of the Year, Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change, you will learn to create rapid and sustainable change.

Length: 1 to 3 hours
Audience:  General to Executive Level

Silence Kills:  The Seven Crucial Conversations for Healthcare
Speak up to Prevent Medical Mistakes and Save Lives

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.

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.

In this engaging presentation, you’ll learn to speak up skillfully and respectfully when it matters most, and in so doing, will decrease medical errors, improve patient satisfaction, and save lives.

Length: 1 to 3 hours
Audience: Healthcare Professionals

Vice President, Child Health Corporation of America

I can honestly say I have never received so many words of praise for any speaker I have brought to this group as I have for Joseph Grenny. I think his style, the content, and the subject itself was timely and had much take-home value to this audience.

Performance and Development Manager, City of Eugene

Joseph Grenny is one of the most skilled presenters we have had at the City of Eugene. He has the ability to normalize the challenges we all experience, touch people on an emotional level with his storytelling and challenge us to move forward and address those "crucial conversations" that are keeping us stuck whether at home or work. In a short time, Joseph Grenny's presentation at the Eugene author event kept people talking and learning long after he walked off the stage. The concepts resonated with participants These skills become the foundation for feeling empowered to have difficult conversations.

Rex Conner

I have consciously been implementing the lessons of Crucial Conversations into my personal and professional life with significantly positive results. I was on the threshold of divorce, moving to Washington, and changing careers fields within the company. The latter, in particular, was the result of my poor abilities in times of crucial conversations. Through this transition, the relationship with my wife remained positive, the relationships with each of my children are as good or better as they have ever been, and my professional interactions are just that, professional while also being safe and fruitful. I am SO grateful I have spent significant time and energy providing a safe environment for my conversations during very difficult times. I would not have even been aware of that concept, or of my need to develop that ability without you sharing your friendship and the work of you and your partners. It has paid off time and again for me.

Director of Service Excellence, Good Samaritan Hospital

Joseph is truly gifted at his craft. I have never been so sure of doing the right thing as I am with our decision to invite Joseph to present to our leadership team. Joseph, his stories and his brilliant material were a complete hit.

How to Handle Public Displays of Rudeness
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What do you do when someone is rude or publicly cuts down another person in the middle of a meeting? When this happens, I have noticed that group dynamics change as people become quiet or even jump on the bandwagon and gang up on the speaker. 

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How to Avoid a Couch Potato Lifestyle
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Q.  Dear Crucial Skills,How can I rid myself of watching TV mindlessly for long hours?
A.Couch Potato

A.  Dear Couch Potato,Thanks for asking! This is a problem that sneaks up on people and has real impacts.

Adolescents who watch hours of TV also eat more junk food, exercise less, study less, have fewer friends, and are more likely to be involved in drugs and alcohol. Adults who watch lots of TV are more likely to be overweight, depressed, have cardiovascular diseases, and shortened lives. Wow!

However, notice that these are correlations. They aren't saying that watching TV causes all these ills. In fact, the causation may run the other way, at least sometimes. Think of how it might work: I feel ill and a little depressed. I don't have a close friend to visit, and I don't feel up to taking a walk. So instead, I watch a few hours of TV. While I'm watching, it's easy to down a beer or two and a bag of chips. As this becomes a habit, I go out less, gain more weight, spend less time with friends, and feel worse about myself. So, how do I handle my depressed mood? By escaping into more TV.

How can you escape this vicious cycle? Personally, I use the principles from Change Anything.

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THREE CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS FOR LEADERS
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Leaders tend to make two mistakes in dealing with disappointing subordinates.

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