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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    May 28, 2012

    A Memorial Day Message to Employers

    It is our duty as employers to understand the value of our Veterans and the career challenges they face.

    This Memorial Day, as we take a solemn moment to reflect on those who have served us and the price they have paid, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind employers of the tremendous skills and qualities our veterans bring to our businesses once they leave the military; specifically Junior Military Officers.   A Junior Military Officer (JMO) is typically someone who has spent 3-6 years in active duty as a commissioned officer in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy.  These...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 28, 2012

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    May 24, 2012

    Five Steps Great Managers Take Before Letting Someone Go

    Can you fix a broken employee?

    OK…you have a great organization, but there is that one employee that just can’t seem to fit in with the team, they are always bucking the system, resisting your leadership, going rogue, missing deadlines, causing you more work.  The list of reasons to get rid of them goes on and on, so you ask yourself, at what point do I have enough to let them go?  But should you really be asking yourself, at what point have I done enough to help this person succeed?  Great Managers see...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 24, 2012

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    May 22, 2012

    Eight Actions Anyone Can Take to Influence a Team’s Success

    Are your team meetings a waste of everyone’s time? Do your employees think they are?

    We've all had the unfortunate experience of spending our day tied up in unproductive meetings.  So what are you doing to ensure you don’t waste your time or the time of others?  It does not matter whether you are a VP, Team Leader, have an MBA, or none of the above, because the power of influence transcends titles and educational backgrounds.  It is a reflection of ones ability to communicate, be understood and inspire actions in others.  So let’s focus on improving your...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on May 22, 2012

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    May 21, 2012

    Three Personality Traits That Hurt Your Career AND How to Fix Them

    Is your attitude helping you our holding you back?

    It seems simple enough to assume one’s attitude has an impact on success.  But what is not so simple is understanding if you exhibit certain attitudes that prohibit yours.  Unless someone actually pulls you aside and tells you that you should change, you will not know until you examine yourself.  That is because bad attitudes are like bad customer service.  People will just take their business elsewhere rather than complain…. promotions and opportunities work the same...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 21, 2012

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    May 18, 2012

    Eight Communication Tips To Gain Respect at Work

    Do people listen to you AND act on what you say?

    Do your coworkers, employees and your boss all listen to your input?  Do they ask for your advice, seek out your opinion, and implement your ideas?  If you answered yes to all of these questions, then I would love for you to share your tips with our readers.  However, if you answered no to any of these questions, I can start you off with eight communication tips that will get you on the road to respect at work.   Tip #1 - Less is More When it Comes To Speaking Can you picture a room...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 18, 2012

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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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