I wear a few hats, and not just because I'm bald (although hats help with that, too.) I'm a trainer, consultant, coach, musician, artist, writer, father, and grandfather. My work is focused on helping people develop leadership skills with clarity, courage, creativity, and compassion. I've been blessed to be very busy doing that, in a variety of venues.
People work with me in workshops, teleclasses, webinars, and coaching sessions through my own business, doug smith training, as an independent contractor for SkillPath Seminars/NST, and as an adjunct professor for the Workforce Development programs at Bucks County Community College and at Montgomery County Community College.
My training style is highly participative with roots developed with great mentors, among them Lester T. Shapiro (author of the Training Effectiveness Handbook) who gave me deep work with Guided Discovery, with Andrew Oxley (principle of The Oxley Group) whose work with Leader/Shift and other leadership development tools deepened my passion for the topic, and with professor Dr. Jay Desko during my masters work at Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University.)
I've also been lucky to have worked with some great leaders who nurtured me through great learning and experience -- Kim Rao, Diane Dudley, Amy Ross, Ellie Willis, Mark Tikalsky, and Dan Arnold, to name a few. While at GE my organizational development work with the team that included Diane Dudley, Eleanor Lyons, and Emily Grace changed my life for the better and sparked the passion for helping people and organizations learn and grow.
As a musician I play guitar, bass, percussion, and keyboards. I also sing, although my little Shelty has been known to leave the room when I do. Feedback is a gift!
My undergraduate degree is in Theatre and Communications and I've enjoyed acting in many plays, movies, and TV shows. I've lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Colorado and I'm pleased to be back in Pennsylvania, close to my children, my grandchildren, and the best friends an old dude could ever hope for.
I pray everyday, meditate everyday, and walk everyday and as a result, every day is a good day.
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Here is my resume, a sample Learner's Guide, and a sample of slides from one of my workshops.