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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.


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The Best Emerging Leaders Internships in the US (2018-2019)

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Aug 16, 2018 8:22:53 PM

For emerging leaders who are currently students, graduating seniors, or recently graduated, there are many opportunities available to develop their capabilities.

Internships offered through various companies and programs can help them make connections with companies, expand upon their current skill sets, and become the leaders the future needs.
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11 Ways To Empower Leaders To Achieve Success Immediately

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Jul 26, 2018 7:46:00 PM

“Leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates

What Bill Gates is suggesting isn’t a novel idea. Effective leaders have always empowered their employees. It’s an absolute necessity to ensure a company’s future success. It’s even more necessary as increasing numbers of millennials enter the workforce.

Millennials appreciate development as leaders and feeling empowered. Such employees are more likely to be engaged, productive and beneficial to the organization’s well-being.

How should management go about empowering young leaders? Following are short- and long-term strategies that are sure to create a cadre of empowered future leaders.

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Topics: Employee Development, leadership development, Millennial Development


How Are Emerging Leaders Programs, Institutes, and Academies Different?

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Jul 13, 2018 8:57:31 AM

Whether you’re seeking to develop emerging leaders within your organization or finding ways to develop your own leadership abilities, there are many options from which to choose.

Emerging leaders institutes, programs, and academies are available throughout the nation, but knowing which ones to are best for you can be a daunting task.

You may ask yourself what separates institutes from academies and how those are different from programs. Here, we’ll go over what these terms actually mean.

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What are the Top Emerging Leaders Institutes for 2018?

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Jun 26, 2018 10:09:51 AM

Emerging leaders institutes (ELI’s) are high-quality opportunities for rising leaders to develop their skills, network with professionals in their industries, and learn more about what it means to be a leader.

Many organizations provide training opportunities for emerging leaders, whether they are in government, education, or the corporate sector. 

These training opportunities are vital to becoming a successful leader, and the more education one can obtain in this area, the better.

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What Emerging Leader Qualities Guarantee Success?

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Jun 20, 2018 2:53:34 PM

The term “emerging leader” has been thrown around frequently in recent years, and it can mean a variety of different things.

Exactly what a quality emerging leader will look like in any given scenario may not be completely the same as what you’d find in other companies, and they may be discovered through different avenues.

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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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