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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    June 24, 2012

    What First Time Managers Need to Know to be Successful

    You got promoted to Manager...do you know what to do, or what to expect?

    Whether you are a first time Manager, first time Supervisor, or you have been in the job for a short period of time already, there are some things that you should know in order to acclimate yourself to your new role.  Managing people is a great responsibility.  When you first become a manager it is normal to feel proud about yourself and the accomplishments that got you there.  Over time, and with experience, however, you will find that your pride is about your employee's success instead of...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on June 24, 2012

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    June 21, 2012

    Understand The Role You Play In Leadership

    Do you always know which decision is the right decision?

    A True Leader Knows There Is No Right Answer….and finds strength in that. There are many traits that define leadership, but one that stands out is the ability to know there is no right way of doing something.  When at a crossroads with a choice of going straight, left, right, staying put or turning around…how do you make that decision?  Do you see all of your options?  Do you get overwhelmed? Is one choice better than the other?  Is one right and are the others...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 21, 2012

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    June 20, 2012

    The Benefits of Team Building and Offsite Meetings

    Is your conference room the right place for team building?

    It is human nature to have a positive correlation between an individual’s motivation and their productivity.   Taking it a step further, a group of motivated individuals can make a productive & creative team which can build better strategies, collaborate better for smoother implementations, develop more innovative products and services and participate in a better work life balance because the stress of everyone out for themselves diminishes.   So how do you motivate your team...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 20, 2012

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    June 20, 2012

    Four Steps to Influence Your Boss’s Decisions

    What should you do if you boss is your biggest roadblock?

    Do you work for someone that does not like change, they don’t want to improve things, or they prefer the status quo to avoid putting themselves at risk of making mistakes?  What if you have ideas to improve your business but you can’t get them past your boss?  What if your boss’s practices are preventing growth and inadvertently hurting the company…do you say something to them?  Do you go above them to be heard?  This is a common dilemma that many of us will...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on June 20, 2012

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    June 18, 2012

    Learn to Speed Read in Three Easy Steps

    How do you use information to stay competitive?

      As professionals, we are inundated daily with information: E-mails, reports, news, blogs, social media…the list goes on and on.  Those who are able to efficiently digest, assimilate and utilize the vast flow of information find themselves ahead of their peers and more competitive no matter what industry or function they work in.  So how do you use information to stay competitive?  You can learn to speed read your way to useful information and a competitive...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on June 18, 2012

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    June 15, 2012

    Six Practices to Incorporate Into Your Management Routine

    How do you build a strong team?

    As a Manager, you are only as good as those you manage.  So what if the people you manage don’t feel respected or included in your team?  By taking the time to know your employees, listen to them and help them to feel included, you will not only build a stronger team, but you will drive better results.  It all sounds logical, but how do you do this?  Try to incorporate these practices into your management routine:   1) When you get into the office each day, go around and...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 15, 2012

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    June 13, 2012

    14 Steps to Using Surveys As Powerful Communication Tools

    Are you asking the right questions before making decisions?

    There are several great online survey templates you can use for standard measurements such as employee reviews, customer satisfaction surveys, product ratings and many others.  My message to you, however, is to go outside of those templates and understand that a survey, in its simplest form, is a communication tool that serves three important purposes: It allows you to ask consistent questions in order to see a trend of answers. It provides data points you can use to make informed decisions. It...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on June 13, 2012

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    June 11, 2012

    Six Steps to Finding Your New Job

    Is it time to reinvent your career?

    Starting your job search can be overwhelming whether you are looking for new opportunities, making a career change or seeking a promotion.  There are lots of resume tips, interview recommendations and other resources out there, but how do you know what type of job you should be looking for?  If you begin your job search with the mindset to first reinvent yourself, you may find your options for employment evolve into opportunities you would not have previously considered.  Here are Six Steps...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Career Change, Job Search on June 11, 2012

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    June 8, 2012

    Top 10 Mistakes Transitioned Military Officers Make in Their New Private Careers

    Learn from those who transitioned before you!

    1.   I know it all - You have been taught to maintain a “command presence” and be in charge at all times which includes showing zero hesitation or doubt in leadership decisions even if all the details are not clear to you.  In the world you come from this embodies leadership and confidence to accomplish the mission.  However, in the private sector, this comes across as a “know it all”.  You must be willing to embrace that you are in a new world and be open...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Military Officer Transition on June 8, 2012

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    June 4, 2012

    Two Ways to Address “Perfect Employee Syndrome”

    What should do if your employee thinks they are perfect, but you don’t?

    You are a decent manager, your team shows good results…but there is that one employee that tries to take all the credit.  They seem to lack humility, rate themselves with perfect scores on their performance reviews and want to spend more of their time focused on doing things for the next job before they really do a great job in this one.  So what can you do about “Perfect Employee Syndrome”?  Let’s review two ways you can address the problem while achieving a...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on June 4, 2012

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