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Gregory Smith  

He has been called a "perceptive teacher, an inspirational speaker and a motivating preacher."

He has been called a "perceptive teacher, an inspirational speaker and a motivating preacher." Greg specializes in showing people and businesses how to stimulate innovation, increase performance, and how to create work environments that attract, keep and motivate their workforce. His 24 years of leadership and consulting experience has helped propel him as one of America’s leading authorities on employee retention, motivation and leadership. What sets him apart from others is his practical advice and his natural ability to inspire people to overcome status quo, make a positive difference, and become better leaders.

Greg combines his experience with leading-edge research and provides practical solutions on leadership, employee motivation, retention and Total Employee Involvement to his audiences worldwide.

From 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel, Greg built his career on the front-line as an U.S. Army Officer. He worked for the U.S. Army Surgeon General as the Director of Quality and Strategic Planning. During his tenure he played a major role in the largest organizational transformation in U.S. history. Later on his direct involvement with "Reinventing the Government" efforts spearheaded by the Vice President of the United States helped transform the military into a smaller, less bureaucratic and more customer-focused organization.

Today he is the President of Chart Your Course International, a management-consulting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. Greg travels internationally and has been spoken to organizations in Singapore, Puerto Rico, Germany, Canada, and Malaysia. Some of his clients include, Yamaha, Rollins Inc., King and Spalding, Ace Hardware, State Farm Insurance Company, AFLAC, Sweetheart Cups, Bio Lab, PacifiCare, Matrix Resources, KMPG, Alltell Corporation, the U.S. Army, Advantage Rent-A-Car, the U.S. Air Force, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, The Young Presidents Organization, Foundation Health, Wyndham Hotels, Hallmark Cards, Service Corporation International, San Antonio School System and UNISYS.

He is listed in Harvard University's, Profiles in Business and Management: An International Directory of Scholars and Their Research. The Human Resource Executive Magazine selected him as one of the Top-Ten "Rising Stars" in Human Resource Management. He was one of ten people chosen in the nation for this honor.

His other awards include the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Army, the recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Eagle Scout award. He is listed in the Who's Who of Professional Speaking and holds both a B.S. and M.S. degree. Greg’s advice has appeared in dozens of national and international journals including the Christian Science Monitor, The Alaska Business Journal, New Orleans Business News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Journal, and other business newspapers including Exame, South America’s largest business magazine.

He is a prolific writer and author. Greg has written over 300 articles and three books. The titles include, The New Leader: Bringing Creativity and Innovation to the Workplace, How to Attract, Keep and Motivate Your Workforce and TNT: Dynamic Ideas to Reward, Energize and Motivate Your Teams. He also is a syndicated newspaper columnist and a regular contributor to many journals and trade magazines.

As An Opening or Closing Keynoter:

People say Greg's greatest strength lies in his personal, practical and inspirational style of speaking.  He does not merely try to motivate, but challenges people to look beyond themselves. . .to challenge status quo and understand how each person can make a major difference not only in their personal life, but in their business life as well.  See keynotes.

In a workshop:

Smith can offer a wide range of topic options tailored to your needs.  He uses multi-media approach to training including video segments and group involvement activities in order to create maximum impact.

As a management consultant:

Businesses call Smith to help solve problems. You can find him in conference rooms with managers and key executives working on succession planning, designing customer service programs, redesigning management structures and building more effective teams.  The result is a business that is better prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.  See clients.

Greg will produce results by:

Getting People to Take Responsibility for Change: A main point in all of Greg's programs is each one of us is responsible for change.  Do not wait for orders from above--“Proceed until apprehended.”

Involving the Audience: Greg does not lecture people and never stands behind a podium.  He uses accelerated learning principles to create a high-performance environment.  Audience members may occasionally come up and participate in various exercises.

Having Fun: Greg is a serious speaker, who likes to have fun. He uses props, games and magic tricks all designed to reinforce essential points. -Providing Content: People leave his sessions with a road map for success.  They will capture tried and true ideas; tips and strategies on how to how to reduce bureaucracy, improve productivity and how to keep their personal lives on course.

Speech Topics

People, Ideas & Technology: Tools for the 21st Century

Stuck on the Entrance Ramp of Life

Innovation Meets Bureaucracy: How to Make Hippos Fly

Front Line Leadership: Transforming Workers to Winners

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