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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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180 Degree Feedback Examples

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Nov 28, 2018 11:48:02 AM

Every so often, everyone needs a reality check.

Professional assessments, such as 180 degree feedback, allow your employees to see where they stand with respect to their job performance. These assessments help them determine where they’re deficient and how they can improve.

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180 Degree Feedback Questions

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Nov 28, 2018 11:42:11 AM

180 degree assessments are designed to gather data from individuals and their supervisors in order to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

Both an individual and their supervisor provides specific answers to a series of 180 degree feedback questions regarding the individual’s skills and their job performance.

From there, any misunderstandings and discrepancies can be resolved, the individual can receive praise for their strengths, and actionable plans can be made to foster improvement.

The key to an effective assessment is a clear-cut structure and specifically targeted questions.

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What’s The Difference Between A 360 And 180 Leadership Assessment?

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Nov 8, 2018 8:43:37 PM

Accurately assessing the skill and aptitude of the leaders in your organization is critical for a wide range of applications, from determining who to promote to developing those with leadership potential to carrying out succession planning. 

Implementing a leadership assessment system that can identify your organization's leaders and help boost the leadership skills of your employees is crucial for meeting these goals--but what is the most effective form of leadership assessment?

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What Is A 180 Degree Assessment?

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Nov 8, 2018 8:32:45 PM

Performance assessments can be stressful. Traditionally, no one likes giving or receiving such an appraisal, and many view the process as unnecessary.

Implementing a system of 180 degree assessments, however, provides a more well-rounded approach to the performance review process and can serve to improve communication, morale and--yes--performance.

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The Strengths & Weaknesses of Today’s Emerging Leaders

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Sep 28, 2018 8:13:43 AM

Ideals of what it means to be an effective leader have evolved significantly over the last decade, as has the nature of the workplace.

Emerging leaders are developing very quickly to fulfill the kinds of roles they’ll have in the near future, which in many cases is a good thing. The ability to learn and adapt quickly has become vital to our current society, and leaders who possess those strengths are better equipped to succeed than those who do not.

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Making Your Resume Stand Out With Emerging Leaders Scholarships

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Sep 21, 2018 3:26:33 PM

For students, there are many ways to make your resume stand out from the rest. Whether it’s leading volunteer efforts in your community to maintaining a stellar GPA, several factors can impact how well your resume looks to future employers.

Another way to strengthen your resume is by obtaining an emerging leaders scholarship.  

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Understanding Different Types of Leadership Skills

Posted by Paul O'Keefe on Aug 27, 2018 1:00:59 PM

Successful leaders share many characteristics, but they also possess their own unique qualities. It is not in spite of these differences that leaders become successful—rather, it is because they recognize and retain these individual traits that they excel. By leveraging their unique talents and skill sets, they become great assets to their companies.

Here, we’ll take a look at different types of leadership skills and how they can be leveraged.

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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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