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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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Sample Keynote Speeches

Smart Workforce Blog

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...

Warren Buffet, Hiring Algorithms, and Unwanted Volunteers

Our Toward a Smarter Workforce series rounds up news and articles relating to the latest research and insights about creating a smarter workforce. In this week's roundup, I've reviewed several recent articles about critical skills gap issues.

Are You Actually Building a Smarter Workforce?

To compete and grow today, no matter what your industry, part of your strategy must be to continually build a smarter workforce. You need employees who are constantly improving their capabilities and knowledge. But there are four critical elements of...

Leading With Less: 5 Keys to Thriving in a World of Resource Constraints

Being forced to do more with less time, less staff, and fewer resources for professional development often seems an impossible task for leaders. Here are practical solutions for one of leadership’s ongoing challenges: doing more with less.

Chasing The Machine: Does Your Staff Have The Critical Skills To Keep Up With Technology Changes?

Do you know what skills will be most valuable in your organization, given rapid advances in digital technologies? Do you know what capabilities you should be investing in to stay competitive? A study by several MIT economists reveals three important trends...

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