David J. Smith

David J. Smith

David J. Smith is president and CEO of The Employers’ Association in Grand Rapids. Contact him at dsmith@teagr.org.

ARTICLES

We cannot achieve if we do not believe success is possible

October 3, 2014
There are many reasons we fail to live up to our full potential, but the most common of them are often tied to inappropriate or unexpressed goals, inadequate or unstated expectations, and a lack of accountability. Read More

Good leaders accomplish more with (rather than through) others

August 29, 2014
Great leaders develop practices and communicate expectations that allow them to manage fairly and consistently as they motivate people to contribute their proportionate share toward the success of the team or the stability of relationships. Read More

A strong set of values will drive the best decisions

July 25, 2014
Most successful individuals establish basic tenants for their lives, rules they use to hold themselves accountable for their own actions. Read More

Do our ‘alphas’ or our ‘omegas’ initiate needed change?

June 20, 2014
Why is it that people think starting over means repeating everything they originally did while expecting different results than those initiating the “re-do”? Read More

Moving from what you are to what you wish to become

May 16, 2014
When we are satisfied with what we have and where we are in life, we tend to cling tightly to who we are and what we have become. Read More

Where have all the leaders gone? Look in the mirror

April 11, 2014
Our world needs strong, unwavering leadership more than ever. Read More

Overcoming first impressions and misconceptions

March 7, 2014
When working with people, our first impressions often influence the way we respond to and react with them. Read More

Learning how to deal (and coexist) with difficult people

January 31, 2014
I am admittedly more patient than most in weighing someone’s “positives” against their “negatives.” Read More

A fork in the road during times of change

December 27, 2013
Why are some people invigorated by a seemingly insurmountable task while others seem paralyzed by the same situation? Read More

Transforming knowledge into building blocks of wisdom

November 22, 2013
Wisdom results from our application of knowledge, from using what we know to change (or intentionally stabilize) a situation, alter the life of another, or accomplish something that had not yet been considered. Read More