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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.

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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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BAE Systems
Indiana Hospital Association  TXU Energy MetLife

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Lessons From the Accounting Skills Gap Can Improve Your Hiring

Should you be worried about critical skill shortages in the accounting profession? The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) recently asked me to do a guest blog post on solutions to this problem. Click here to read that post. Here are two lessons...

Three Costly Mistakes Top Execs Make When Leading Organizational Change

Research consistently shows only about 30% of change efforts succeed. So why increase your chances of failure? Here are three of the most common mistakes I see leaders making when trying to implement major strategic initiatives. Are you falling into these...

Is Learning Overload the New Productivity Crisis?

One of the causes of the current “skills gap” in so many fields is the need to learn too much to do a particular job. The editors at Harvard Business Review agreed with me because they have recently published my blog post on “Learning...

Three Books Guaranteed To Change How You Work With Millennials

Many executives I talk to are frustrated with their young employees and anxious to find better ways to recruit, develop and retain their Millennial talent. Here are three engaging places to get answers.

How To Be Sure Your Knowledge Transfer Strategy Isn't A House of Cards

Is your organization living on the edge? Does the loss of vital know-how or failure to document and transfer essential capabilities threaten to expose critical points of failure? Limit growth? Decrease innovation? Increase costs? Here are three things...

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