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Developing a Strong Work Ethic: The Key to Student Success

Keynote Presentation on Work Ethic for 2014 OATFACS Conference
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Josh Davies

on 6 August 2014

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Transcript of Developing a Strong Work Ethic: The Key to Student Success

Developing a Strong Work Ethic:

August 5, 2014
Josh Davies - CEO, The Center for Work Ethic Development
jdavies@workethic.org - @resultsdriver

Misconceptions
Evolution
Development
What is Work Ethic?
Reliability
Professionalism
Positivity
Initiative
Respect
Integrity
Gratitude
The Work Ethic Gap
Developing Work Ethic
20th Century Paradigm

Accountability culture
Creating value
Hardwiring processes
Obsession with numbers
Left brain dominant
Evolution
Development
21st Century Paradigm

Ownership culture
Sharing values
Softwiring for passion
Obsession with People
Left-right brain balance
In Class
In Life
Become a Supermodel
Use Meme-ism
Integrate Your Expectations
Think Short to Go Long
Get Multiple Opinions
It's just working harder.
This new generation doesn't get it.
It isn't something you can learn.
I don't have a problem.
Don't Rely on Posters
Use the 1% Approach
Go Further Than You Think You Need To
TTENDANCE
PPEARANCE
TTITUDE
TTENDANCE
PPEARANCE
MBITION
CCOUNTABILITY
CCEPTANCE
PPRECIATION
MBITION
CCEPTANCE
CCOUNTABILITY
PPRECIATION
* Better Business, 2012
Work ethic is a trainable set of behaviors that set the foundation for workplace success.
“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

-Socrates
Understand Work Ethic
Examine the Impact of the Work Ethic Gap
Discover 3 Ways to Develop Work Ethic
Objectives:
The Center For Work Ethic Development

Founded in 2009
The nation’s only institution focusing on Work Ethic
Programs available for organizations and individuals
Used by more than 500 locations nationwide



AKA: Explicit
76% of graduates entering the workforce are seen as deficient in work ethic by their employer.
Technical
Skills
"Has Potential"
"The Bull"
Career
Ready
"Nice Guy"
Soft
Skills

Work Ethic
Behaviors
How important is it to demonstrate work ethic in the interview process?
The Key to Student Success
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