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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    April 11, 2017

    How To Quit Your Job

    Five Steps You Can Take

    You have been waiting for that promotion, trying so hard to get noticed and recognized for your contributions. Your boss tries just as hard to make that happen for you, but tells you that it’s going to take a little longer…again. Your eyes stray to job sites, just to see what’s out there. You update that old dusty CV and go out on a couple of interviews, and then, there it is…an offer.   What is this strange document outlining what another company wants to offer you for...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on April 11, 2017

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    March 14, 2017

    Small Business Planning: What to Consider before You Invest

    15 Business Plan Components

    Whether you are ready to step out on your own and start a business for the first time, or you want to reorganize your small business for growth - a sound business plan is the foundation for making your dream a successful reality.   That’s a big deal right? So why is it that so many business owners function without this foundation? And if they do have a plan, often it’s just seen as a simple tool used to seek investment or communicate the company’s direction to others. Of course...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Small Business on March 14, 2017

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    December 15, 2016

    Action Item List

    How To Drive Your Team With One Simple Tool

    Do your team or project meetings sound something like this… “Oh, was I supposed to do that?  I thought someone else had that responsibility.  Was that due already?”  When you ask someone for an update on a task that was issued to him or her during the group’s previous meeting, how do you respond to excuses?  It is frustrating for you and for those who are getting their tasks done.  So how can you ensure your team does not find itself behind schedule or...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on December 15, 2016

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    October 20, 2016

    Cross Functional Skills Benefit Employees & The Bottom Line

    Valuable skills that trump personality.

    Sometimes we enjoy working with others, sometimes…not so much. It’s human nature to rely on a personal exchange in order to get along with people & work cohesively. Simply put however, personal exchanges are not enough to elevate an individual’s career, nor bring substantial value to the bottom line. Here’s why: Business actions, simple or complex, can become personality struggles when a professional connection does not exist.  Those personal exchanges we rely on...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on October 20, 2016

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    October 6, 2015

    Crafting a Successful Business Strategy vs. Committing to One

    Leader Engagement – 4 Steps to Ensure Your Commitment to Lead Change

    Whether you are leading a corporation or building your small business, crafting a successful business strategy is bound to be one of your key objectives. But when executives are asked if their strategies will be successful, the results are impressive...in an unimpressive way. According to a 2011 Booz & Company Executive Survey, 53% of executives do not believe their company’s strategy will lead to success, 63% say they have too many conflicting priorities and 54% say their company’s way of...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on October 6, 2015

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    December 15, 2014

    Tying Bonus Potential to Personality

    4 Steps to Implement & Manage Positive Change in Your Team

    There is nothing worse than an employee that drags down a team, but it happens all the time. Actually, there is something worse…a manager that does nothing about it. This is a common problem in the workplace, it affects morale, and although it may not be obvious in short-term results, long-term negative impact is real.   So what can you do about it? Well, you don’t want to “pick” on your employee, especially if they are a top performer; you want them to continue performing...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on December 15, 2014

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    August 13, 2014

    Leadership Dashboards: How managing the past can hurt your future.

    3 Areas Leaders Should Be Focusing Their Time On

    What metrics do you use to manage your business? It’s a common question and for many business leaders, generates common answers. Revenue, Unit Costs, Overhead, Operating Profit, Customer Complaints, On-Time Delivery, etc… But when asked, “Are those metrics helping you to grow your business?” the answer is often “No”.  That’s because most leadership dashboards focus on lagging indicators instead of those that lead the business to a future...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on August 13, 2014

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    May 28, 2014

    Transitioning Your Skills as a Leader

    Executive Interview with Alan Weinstein-Entrepreneur & Executive Coach

    Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Alan Weinstein, a successful business owner and expert in the field of Executive Coaching. Alan discusses the biggest challenges CEOs face as they transition their skills & organizations for growth, as well as his own entrepreneurial journey as co-founder of LaserTron. Serving as a Vistage Chairman for more than 20 years, he explains why CEOs and Senior Managers seek out coaching, what they should look for & what they should expect from the process. This...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on May 28, 2014

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    April 29, 2014

    How To Give A Meaningful Compliment

    Giving Praise, What Great Leaders Have In Common

    We are all in a position to give and receive compliments at some point, both in our personal and professional lives. Some of us are better at it than others. Sometimes our skill varies based on the setting; sometimes it varies based on our relationship with the individual that is deserving the compliment.    Why do we let these varying factors impact our ability to give complements? Maybe it’s because we are concerned about how we will be perceived. Maybe it’s because we are shy....Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on April 29, 2014

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    April 4, 2014

    Managing Workplace Personalities: The Politician Without A Plan

    How to work with and manage difficult people.

    We don’t always get to choose the people we work with, nor whom we work for, but if you want to succeed, your relationships with everyone in your work environment must be cultivated, especially as a Manager. Managers need to maximize the potential of their team. If you leave people out because of personality clashes, everyone suffers, especially your results. One of the most annoying and common personalities to prepare for is the politician without a plan. Below are some tactics you can use to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on April 4, 2014

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