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

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

The (big) difference between conversation and communication

October 18, 2013
Far too many people believe having the ability to converse is the same as being able to communicate. Read More

Self-evident truths about life to share and consider

September 13, 2013
A fellow board member on a local nonprofit organization recently sent me a list of axioms he uses to help guide his life. Read More

Transitions and transformations of successful leaders

August 9, 2013
For years, industry was successful because of the “10 percent inspiration, 90 percent perspiration” philosophy. Hard work and a little luck launched many a career and founded many a company. Read More

‘Turn, turn, turn’: Change may be final, but it’s rarely fatal

July 5, 2013
The sequence of words in the lyrics of the ’60’s-era song “Turn, Turn, Turn,” written by Pete Seeger and made an international hit by The Byrds, is rearranged from the original order but otherwise taken almost verbatim from Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 — traditionally ascribed to King Solomon. Read More

Capturing the wind means keeping control of the sails

May 24, 2013
We often receive an unexpected boost from motivational quotes. Read More