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    May 17, 2012

    Three Steps to Creating Great Mentor/Mentee Relationships

    Is your boss doing a good job as your mentor?

    Do you feel like your boss has your best interest in mind when discussing your career path? Does he or she listen to what you want to accomplish, and work with you to help achieve your goals?  OR is the disconnect between what you are doing today, and what you want to be doing, driving you insane?    If you feel like you are on a different planet at work, like you are not being heard, and you see things differently than your boss…you are not alone.  Often times we expect our...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 17, 2012

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    May 16, 2012

    Five Steps to Match Business Reports with Financials

    Business Reports & Month-End Figures..Can’t they just get along?

    Sales, Marketing, Operations, Quality, IT, Human Resources…it does not matter what part of the world you are in, or your ranking in the corporate hierarchy.  We all do it…create reports that tell our story…a different story than is shown in Accounting’s month end data.  Why does this happen? Who is to blame..and who is right?   This dilemma has haunted me in every company and at every level I have worked.  It was not until I started leading companies that I...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Accounting & Finance on May 16, 2012

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    May 15, 2012

    Eleven Really Useful Techniques for Successful Presentations

    Do you want to have GREAT presentation skills?

    How do you define a GREAT presentation?  Is it the comfort level you feel when presenting, OR the positive response you get from your audience? What if I told you that it should be both…by that definition, are you a great presenter?   Let’s delve into the elements of a successful presentation and discuss eleven really useful techniques you can implement right away.   1)   Define the reason you are presenting; what is the RESULT you want to achieve?  Are you...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 15, 2012

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    May 14, 2012

    Four Steps To A Work/Life Balance Without Sacrificing Success.

    Does a Successful Work/Life Balance Make You Less Competitive?

    We all hear about the need to create a good work/life balance, but what does that really mean if you want to be successful?  Can you achieve top dog status without compromising your personal life in the process?  Can you enjoy a fulfilling personal life without losing your competitive edge?   Sometimes we are forced to reduce our personal time due to mandatory job travel and work hours, but take a look at the time you choose to spend working instead of living because you think it is...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 14, 2012

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    May 11, 2012

    Three Steps to Stop Your Boss From Micromanaging You.

    Can’t get your boss off your back?

    How annoying is it when your boss constantly tells you how to do your job, or even worse, when he tries to tell your employees how to do theirs, bypassing you altogether.  It is very hard to stay motivated or focused when you have someone standing over your shoulder.  And it is difficult to manage others when they are think someone higher up is looking at them.  So how can you get your boss off your back AND get them to listen to what you have to say?   Step One:  Get your act...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 11, 2012

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    May 10, 2012

    Only you can answer the question: “How do I get promoted?”

    Is Professional Development a Skill or an Art Form?

    Have you ever gone to your boss, or to HR and asked them, “How do I get promoted?” or “How can I get a job in a different field?”  Did you get the answer you wanted to hear?  We have all heard it…continue to work hard; when an opportunity comes up we will consider you along with others…or something along those lines.  Maybe you have a professional development program at work that supports training for the next steps in your career?  No matter what...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 10, 2012

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    May 9, 2012

    Four Ways to Transition Business Development into Sales Revenue

    At what point should sales support business development efforts?

    Sales and Business Development are often interchangeable words for many companies due to lack of resources, or past routines.  If you are one of those companies, you are probably missing out on growth opportunities.  There are distinct differences between Sales & Business Development that require different talent profiles, organizational structures and strategic initiatives.  Look at your own sales and business development organization; are you set up for growth?   Here are Four...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Sales & Business Development on May 9, 2012

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    May 8, 2012

    Four Simple Steps to Workplace Redemption

    I can’t believe I did that!

    Did you ever have an email you wished you never sent?  Or replied to the wrong person’s text with a love note? Can you relate to forwarding a negotiation strategy to your boss, but instead accidentally hitting reply to the person you were negotiating with? Maybe you aligned yourself with someone who just got let go instead of the one you are left to work with after a re-org?  Regrets, embarrassments and humiliations…the list goes on and on for most of us.  We have all been...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 8, 2012

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    May 7, 2012

    Ten ways to ensure innovation is driving your company’s future.

    Is your company innovative? Are you doing your part?

    Is your company innovative?  Are you doing your part? Does your company have an R&D group that appears very busy to everyone, spends millions of dollars, and never seems to roll out any success stories?   Do you wonder how other companies manage to stay one step ahead of yours in the marketplace? Do you have a “follow the market leader” strategy since you don’t have the finances to invest in your own innovation?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Marketing & Innovation on May 7, 2012

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    May 4, 2012

    EGO Tips

    Is YOUR EGO helping or hurting good decision-making?

    We all have egos, even those of us that swear we don’t (those people are probably the worst offenders).  So, is ego good for you or does it get in your way of good decision making?  Here are some EGO tips to help you succeed:   If you define your ego as confidence, then it’s probably a good thing, right?  You need to have confidence to make decisions in the first place, ergo the ego benefit.  But can you have too much confidence?  If you think you already know...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 4, 2012

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