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David Smith David Smith

Owner | Engagement through High Performance Ltd

Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM

Authoritative and inspiring speaker using real business stories to create high performance

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Biography

David spent 35 years in the Corporate world, culminating as Executive Board Director for the Asda retail business, with responsibility for People and I.T. David was instrumental in the transformation of that business from near bankruptcy to market leading success. Asda was eventually voted as Best Place to work in the UK Sunday Times Survey under David's stewardship, with David and his team leading many of the changes which created a highly productive performance based culture. David is now a highly respected author, business speaker, consultant and mentor to CEOs and HRDs. David speaks internationally about the 7 principles of building a high performance culture, utilising Asda as a case study, along with international exemplars of his speaking. He also runs masterclasses on the important topics of performance management, leadership and communication as a powerful tool for change management. David's style is to engage his audience using storytelling to bring learning points alive.

Industry Expertise (4)

Human Resources

Manufacturing

Corporate Leadership

Retail

Areas of Expertise (4)

Leadership

Engagement

Communication

Performance Management

Education (4)

Henley Management College: MBA, Business Management 1996

Harvard Business School: Human Resources Strategy 1998

Sheffield Hallam University: BA (Hons), Business Management 1980

Sheffield Hallam University: CIPD, Human Resources 1978

Affiliations (4)

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development
  • Carayol
  • Wavelength Companies
  • Academy of Chief Executives

Sample Talks (3)

The 7 Principles of Building a High Performance Culture

Using the Case Study of Asda in UK Retail, David gives listeners an inspiring and practical set of principles to engaging employees and drive high performance.

Business Communication with impact

Communication is the rocket fuel of effective business change. This masterclass gives practical tools and techniques for increasing effectiveness and performance.

Performance Management

David runs a powerful masterclass on this difficult topic, which is both practical and persuasive. Delegates leave with real life examples and ideas of how to perform at a different level.

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  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance