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About Smart Workforce Strategies

Smart Workforce Strategies is a research-driven consulting firm that helps leaders solve tough problems created by the changing workforce. We help clients implement solutions to accelerate leadership development and knowledge transfer across generations. We also collaborate with leaders to reduce the costs of knowledge loss due to increased retirements, mid-career turnover, and a shrinking pool of skilled talent.


Using a combination of engaging presentations, hands-on workshops, and consulting engagements, we collaborate with clients to:

  • Clarify threats to strategic and operational objectives created by workforce and leadership transitions
  • Identify solutions that address the existing culture and capabilities needed
  • Implement initiatives that will produce lasting changes to improve performance



About Dr. David DeLong

Dr. David DeLong is president of Smart Workforce Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations improve performance by solving problems created by changing workforce demographics and risks of knowledge loss. He is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College.


An acclaimed keynote speaker, Dr. DeLong is co-author of the new book The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management from McGraw-Hill. He is also author of the widely-praised Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce from Oxford University Press. He has spent more than a decade studying the strategic impacts of changing workforce demographics and knowledge loss on organizational performance. In recent years, he has conducted over 600 interviews with scores of knowledge-intensive organizations to develop solutions for the knowledge retention and workforce development challenges posed by increased baby boomer retirements and greater mid-career turnover.


His work has been widely cited in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CIO Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and the Boston Globe. He has also been interviewed on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "Talk of the Nation."


A former researcher at both Harvard Business School and MIT's Sloan School, Dr. DeLong was also co-author (with J.F. Rockart) of Executive Support Systems: The Emergence of Top Management Computer Use. He has lectured in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and South America, and is a widely-published writer whose work has appeared in journals and magazines such as Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek International, Organizational Dynamics, Computerworld, and Inc. Magazine. He has a doctorate in organizational behavior from Boston University and an M.P.A. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

High-Impact Talent Management

Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management

Powerful Tools for Leveraging a Changing Workforce

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

Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce

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.

Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today's Market

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.