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High-Impact Talent

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.

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.

Subscribe to the DeLong Report

The DeLong Report is a free, quarterly newsletter with insights about talent management, skills shortages, and lost knowledge in the workforce.

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


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Indiana Hospital Association  TXU Energy MetLife


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 Pepsico Accenture


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Smart Workforce Blog

Is Your Talent Strategy Setting You Up To Fail?

Many leaders know implicitly that their strategies for managing an aging workforce and developing younger employees are not making the grade. But they don’t know how to articulate these risks to their top team. Here are three things leaders in apparently...

Four Questions Every Great Leader Must Answer

Poor leadership is immensely costly. It is amazing how many executives simply behave as administrators or care takers in the job they’ve taken on. Here are four questions that can immediately improve your effectiveness as a leader.

How to Build a Millennial-Friendly Culture: Lessons From the Leading Edge

Are you struggling to recruit and retain a millennial workforce? Here are four highlights from my new case study on a manufacturing company that has successfully built a culture to attract and retain younger workers. 

Stack the Odds in Your Favor: 3 Keys to Managing Organizational Change

Change guru John Kotter estimates that 70 percent of all organizational change initiatives fail. So the odds are definitely stacked against you. You may have great solutions planned, but if you don’t understand the dynamics of effective organizational...

Are You Sitting on a Lost Knowledge Time Bomb?

 I’ve given keynote talks recently in three three sectors -- information technology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and industrial distribution. And I’m seeing similar patterns: many organizations are sitting on a ticking time bomb of...

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