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Paul O’Keefe

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Paul O’Keefe Paul has spent over 25 years supporting leadership development in small to large organizations. Having used a range of assessment tools and leadership training solutions, Paul has experience with both classroom and online environments.

Over the years, Paul has developed and installed Knowledge Based Assessments and 360 Feedback Systems in many fortune 500 companies.

These companies include many municipal, state and federal government agencies, and also include brands like Amazon, Comcast, Carmax, and many others.

Paul graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Music and Mass Communication. Before founding Edge Training Systems, Inc. in 1996, Paul worked as a National Assessment Manager for over 7 years for International Training Consultants Inc.

Contact Paul via email here.


See Paul’s recent articles

What are the Best Emerging Leaders Programs?

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on May 30, 2018 5:11:38 PM

As more organizations find the value in discovering emerging leaders among their ranks, there has been an increased demand for high-quality training.

Throughout the US, there are many emerging leaders programs (ELPs) to help promising individuals become the leaders they need to be in an ever-evolving corporate climate.

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Topics: emerging leadership


Developing Strong Leaders To Grow Your Company

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on May 29, 2018 6:44:00 PM

What are you doing to create and develop strong leaders in your organization? Leadership development is a science that many approach in a haphazard way. Developing strong leader requires a combination of applying normal employee training and cultivating certain character traits with the end goal of stimulating creativity, productivity and innovation in your company and making it grow.

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10 Ways To Engage Employees & Boost Their Work Performance

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on May 28, 2018 6:52:00 PM

Are your employees truly engaged at work? Gallup reports that only 32% of U.S. workers were engaged in 2015, and even more startling, only 13% of workers worldwide were engaged. Harvard Business Review states that since 2000, less than one-third of U.S. workers have been engaged in their job. Clearly this is an ongoing problem that cannot be ignored. Unengaged workerunderperform in comparison to their engaged counterparts, they negatively affect the company’s bottom line, and they're willing to leave at anytime for a position elsewhere that promises more engagement.

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Topics: Employee Development


The Emerging Leaders Guidebook

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on May 22, 2018 7:59:12 PM

Companies are finding that one of their greatest concerns in today’s work environment is identifying the right leaders to carry their organizations into the future. As a result, emerging leadership development has become a key priority for many companies.

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Topics: leadership development, emerging leadership


What Should Be Included in a Good Performance Management System?

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Apr 19, 2018 9:47:37 PM

Everything in your business rides on performance.

You can’t get to any element of success without some measure of performance factoring into it, and performance hinges on employee engagement. It all works together.

So, what does the perfect performance management system look like? What elements do you need to ensure optimal success?

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10 Benefits Of 360 Degree Feedback

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Mar 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Many companies across the world take advantage of the 360 degree training process. The reason it's so popular is because it's easy to put in place, you can use it for many industries, and it's affordable. It's also incredibly effective for performance management and improvement.  

Some benefits may be hard to quantify while others will have a definitive impact on your bottom line. But what exactly is it?

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Topics: 360 degree feedback


For Leaders: 10 Tips On Receiving Feedback Effectively

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Mar 15, 2018 11:43:23 AM

Everyone can benefit from feedback now and then. Nobody has all the answers and it certainly helps to see things from a variety of perspectives.

Good, relevant feedback can help good leaders become great and that can make them a very powerful force in your organization. However, getting feedback is one thing – receiving it is another.

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Topics: leadership development, leadership training, leadership development coaching


How Effective Are Your 360 Assessments?

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Mar 1, 2018 3:39:41 PM

Growing great leaders isn't a weekend project. It takes time, planning, education, and regular assessments so they can maintain their focus on areas that need improvement.

In a perfect world, these assessments are honest and effective, providing them with vital information and self awareness. Your 360 training should aim to mold them into better leaders. But, it's not always a simple, straightforward endeavor.

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How To Get Honest Feedback From Your Employees

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Feb 15, 2018 11:33:40 AM

When you're in management, getting honest feedback from employees can be tough. It can even seem impossible.

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Topics: leadership development, leadership training, 360 assessments, 360 degree feedback


360 Degree Feedback Assessments For Managers

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Jan 30, 2018 11:23:00 AM

Did you know that 360 degree assessments are a great tool to use with your managers?

It’s easy to think that these assessments are only for lower-level, non-managerial employees; however, there’s a subsection of assessments made expressly for the managers in your organization.

In fact, it can be argued that 360 degree feedback may be most needed by your mid- and upper-level leadership.

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Topics: Employee Development, leadership development, Employee management, employee training, leadership training, 360 assessments, 360 degree feedback


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