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Graduate to a Great Job

Graduate to a Great Job

The job market for college grads today is much more difficult, partly because of a serious shortage of job search skills. Liberal arts schools are striving to develop new career development resources so students are better prepared. But, if you need more, this book, based on the stories of 35 successful recent grads, shows what works – and what doesn’t – in today’s fiercely competitive job market.

High-Impact Talent
Management

Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management

Do you have who it takes to grow your business in the future? This highly-practical book gives executives outside of HR the frameworks and tools to lead productive initiatives for recruiting, developing, and retaining skilled professionals and young leaders. Chapters cover prioritizing talent risks, innovative solutions, and measurement.

Lost Knowledge

Lost Knowledge

This widely-praised book shows how losing critical knowledge threatens the performance of the
organization. Loaded with case studies and solutions, it is a must-read for leaders who want to reduce the risks and leverage opportunities posed by changing workforce demographics.

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Building Tomorrow’s Workforce
in Today’s Economy


Smart Workforce Strategies solves the skill and knowledge transfer problems created by a rapidly changing workforce and competitive environment. Led by Dr. David DeLong, we provide solutions for key challenges in workforce and career development. We help:

  • Minimize the costs of critical skill shortages
  • Improve cross-generational knowledge transfer
  • Create college infrastructures to prepare students for today’s workplace
  • Accelerate leadership development
  • Maximize the value of an aging workforce

Skills Gap Solutions: Minimize Risks of Knowledge Loss

Critical skill shortages are now a fact of life in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and energy. We help clients define the business risks of specific capability shortages, identify and implement the most practical solutions for closing skills gaps. More

Improve Performance of a Multi-Generational Workforce

With three generations in the workforce, leaders must motivate their best older workers, retain restless Gen-Xers, and develop tech-savvy Millennials faster. For firms large and small, we provide solutions to maximize the value of experienced employees, while improving collaboration and knowledge transfer across generations. More

 
 

Accelerate Leadership Development

The leadership pipeline in many organizations is dangerously thin. And, with more Baby Boomer executives approaching retirement, the competition for proven top talent is getting fierce. We show executives in large and small companies how to clarify new leadership skills needed and connect with the best resources to support succession planning. More

Colleges & Universities: Reinvent Career Services for Competitive Advantage

The job market for new college graduates has changed dramatically. But poor job placement is unsustainable, given today’s sky-high tuitions. We help higher ed leaders reinvent career development systems and infrastructures to strengthen liberal arts programs. We also provide career centers with new resources to help students land great jobs faster. More

Clients
Microsoft
Dow

 
AARP
BAE Systems
Indiana Hospital Association  TXU Energy MetLife

US NRC

Conference Board
 Pepsico Accenture

Sample Keynote Speeches


 
Smart Workforce Blog

Retool or Die! What College Presidents Can Learn From The Machine Tool Industry

A recent Federal Reserve study found 44 percent of college grads age 22-29 were in jobs that don’t require a college degree. The inability of Millennials to find work that utilizes their education investment is threatening the viability...

How to Reduce the Cost of Skills Gaps in Complex IT Projects

Complaints about skill shortages in IT are widespread. But rarely is the cost of inadequate IT expertise as evident as in a string of failed technology projects in the public sector. Leaders must take at least three steps to reduce the...

What Gen-Ys Can Teach Baby Boomers About Effective Job Searches

My forthcoming book "Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market" shows that aging Boomers can learn from their children when it comes to effective job searches. Here are five lessons older job seekers can use.

Fixing the Skills Gap: Lessons From a Billionaire College Drop Out

Last week at the Washington Ideas Forum sponsored by The Atlantic Monthly, Bill Gates spoke passionately about the link between higher education, employment, and economic growth. His solutions for the growing skills gap include...

Stop Solving The Wrong Talent Management Problems

Almost every organization has talent management problems that directly increase their costs or reduce revenues, whether they know it or not. Use the diagnostic below to evaluate your progress in reducing these threats to performance. It will help you...

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