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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    August 5, 2013

    Strategic Leadership-How Strategic Are You?

    Three Key Components To Transform Strategy Into Results

    When we talk about being strategic we focus more on thinking and planning, than on leading and achieving.  The reality is that “being strategic” requires both; it’s the full transformation from dream to result.  It’s not that we forget to transform our vision, but often our approach to leading that change is not effective enough to generate our desired results.  Here is a model for strategic transformation-how to make your vision real.     Thinking &...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on August 5, 2013

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    July 30, 2013

    Conducting Lessons Learned-Toolkit & Templates

    A Managers Guide for Continuous Improvement

    Here is a Toolkit for Conducting Lessons Learned:   The purpose of conducting lessons learned is to capture the knowledge learned during the course of business, or while implementing projects.  The goal is to encourage the recurrence of positive outcomes while deterring undesirable ones.  In order to do it well you must:   Identify best practices and lessons learned. Document these lessons. Archive lessons learned to save for future reference and for others to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management Tools on July 30, 2013

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    July 23, 2013

    Dealing With Difficult Personalities

    How to IDENTIFY them, how to WORK with them & how to MANAGE them.

    With the need to mobilize teams, improve work efficiencies and generate positive results, having productive relationships with your boss, your co-workers & your employees is essential to your success.   This ManagingAmericans On-Demand Webinar examines 11 difficult personalities types: how to identify them, work with them and manage them when they are your employees.  We will discus how to improve your own work culture and build a productive work environment for your team.  This...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on July 23, 2013

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    June 16, 2013

    6 Approaches to Problem Solving For You & Your Team

    Make your team’s problem solving strategy a competitive advantage.

    Your ability to solve problems impacts success in life, as a team, and ultimately, the success of your business. That’s why it is so important to understand your strengths and weaknesses as you approach problems.  This awareness can help you gage whether or not the situation requires your skill, the skill of another team member or a combination of the two.  Effective problem solving is an opportunity to move forward, rather than mitigate a setback.  If you approach it in that light,...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on June 16, 2013

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    June 2, 2013

    4 Essential Skills for Leaders, Managers & High Potentials

    A Must Have for Individual & Team Development

    It does not matter if you are a company President, Operations Leader, Customer Service Representative, Sales & Marketing Director or “name your title”…the need for continuous self improvement is universal.  Successful individuals make a proactive effort to continuously develop four Essential Skills to create a combined ability to:   1. Lead 2. Manage 3. Perform In Their Job 4. Communicate Effectively   This 4-pronged skillset applies to your job, no matter what...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on June 2, 2013

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    April 29, 2013

    Bridge The Gap Between Employee Needs & Employer Expectations

    Do You Lack The Tools & Resources To Do Your Job Effectively?

    From time to time we survey business professionals regarding challenges they face.  One of the most common responses is that they lack the tools & resources to do their jobs effectively.  This struggle spans all job levels and departmental functions, and most definitely impacts your own organization, possibly starting with you.  So what can you do to personally overcome this obstacle, and what can you as a manager or business leader do to proactively use this challenge as an opportunity...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on April 29, 2013

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    April 22, 2013

    Caring For The High Maintenance/High Value Employee

    How to identify greatness & generate peak performance in complex individuals.

    Throughout your career you will encounter many personalities, some difficult, some easygoing, some annoying, some inspiring.  But there is one that I would describe as the most complex personality of all:  The High Maintenance/High Value Employee.  They earn that name because they require a full fledged management program to reach their peak performance, coupled with an extensive maintenance program to keep them functioning there.  It sounds like a lot of work and it is, but when it...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on April 22, 2013

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    April 8, 2013

    What’s Your Leadership Philosophy? Inspiration From Margaret Thatcher

    Are you limited by your past or driven by what you & your business can become?

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away this morning.  For those of you that are not familiar with this great lady, she served 11 years from 1979 to 1990 as the first and only female Prime Minister.  She won three General Elections, the longest anyone has held this post.  Last week I happened to watch the movie depicting her life, “Iron Lady,” and was inspired by her thoughts, leadership and vision for Britain during the cold war.   There was one...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on April 8, 2013

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    March 11, 2013

    Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: How to Develop Yourself & Your Team

    Do you believe emotional intelligence is a skill you can develop in others?

    Emotional Intelligence is the ability to create a balance between knowing what you don’t know and that what you do know can be improved.  It also means you have the ability to see the same knowledge and balance in others; teaching them how to be aware and create a good balance for themselves.  The ability to learn gives you authority, the ability to teach gives you power.  At the end of the day…and at the end of this article…I would like you to walk away with an...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on March 11, 2013

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    March 4, 2013

    Overcoming Disconnect Between Middle & Upper Management

    Is your management team preventing growth or are they a competitive advantage?

    Two common themes exist in most organizations.  “Upper Management is too distant.”  “Middle Management is too independent.”  Essentially they are saying the same thing right?  There is disconnect between management levels that causes animosity, poor moral, and an inability to get things done efficiently & effectively.  Now, I could write this article about how to overcome disconnect by dealing with the problems, but I’m sure you can read about that...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 4, 2013

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