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Articles by Lisa Woods

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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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    February 26, 2013

    Professional Mentoring: How Business Management Consultants Can Help

    Here are some tips to identify candidates.

    Passed over for a promotion? Unsure of how to solve a problem in your department? Choose wisely how you proceed, keeping in mind Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Self-doubt is not the answer, nor is a common tendency to "just get by”, they both get in your way of doing things differently. Don’t forget that your employer recognized your potential when he or she hired you, so you have the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on February 26, 2013

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    February 26, 2013

    Career Mentors Can Provide Valuable Business Skills Training

    Tips for Choosing a Career Mentor

    Having a career mentor who can guide you in your field and recommend the skills and training necessary to help you succeed, is an invaluable career resource to help you prepare for future advancement. Your career mentor is a person who acts as your counselor, trainer and guide toward your desired career goal.   When Choosing a Career Mentor Consider the Following Tips: Look for a person whom you not only feel comfortable opening up to, but also has a great deal of experience in the field or...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on February 26, 2013

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    February 24, 2013

    Top 3 Ways To Improve Profits Without Increasing Revenue

    Are Cost Cuts & Efficiency Gains the Same Thing? Where Should You Focus?

    There is a lot of debate these days about the value or damage arbitrary cost cutting can bring to an organization.  The reality is that many businesses are faced with this decision due to rising costs and decreased revenues.  So what is the best way to create a rebalancing of your business that allows you to grow, while surviving in today’s market?   The answer is not simply stated, but it can be simply mastered by leadership that educates and sets the parameters for efficiency...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 24, 2013

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    February 11, 2013

    How to Manage Team Conflict: 4 Types of Conflict All Managers Must Address

    Management’s objective is not to resolve conflict, it is to overcome it.

    Conflict is an uncomfortable aspect of any relationship, especially when it exists among members of your team.  As a manager, you have the responsibility to not only address the issues as they come up, but also to establish a culture that prevents them from occurring in the first place.  Doing this requires an emotional awareness of relationships among team members, between you and your employees, and your employees and other departments.  Your ability to manage conflict successfully is...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on February 11, 2013

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    February 6, 2013

    Top 15 Leadership, Management & Team Building Retreats in the US - 2013

    Offsite Meeting Checklist & Guide to Effective Meeting Management

    Offsite meetings can provide a cost effective way to bring several benefits to your organization, and team, if you know how to take full advantage of them through choice of venue, proper planning, execution and event follow-up.  At ManagingAmericans.com we believe the right venue provides the ability to keep your group focused on creativity, teamwork & generating better business results once they return to work.  There are many beautiful, relaxing and luxurious meeting locations across the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on February 6, 2013

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    February 1, 2013

    Complacency in the Workplace: Overcome Bad Attitudes With Accountable Leadership

    4 Reasons Why Complacency Exists & What Management Can Do to Annihilate It

    Those annoying words are like scratches on a chalkboard. “This is the way we always do it.”  Can you image living life with that attitude?  You would never grow, improve or try new things…what a boring life!  In business, boring companies don’t grow their revenue, they don’t make continuous improvements to their products, processes, or services, and they are certainly NOT innovators.  So how do you lead an organization that has an attitude problem, without...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 1, 2013

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    January 28, 2013

    6 Success Tips to Make Quality & Safety Part of Your Company’s DNA

    What are you doing to set standards for exceptional quality and safety in your company?

    There are two common organizational flaws that come to mind when I think of quality and safety programs.  The first is the company that goes out of its way to preach the importance of quality and safety, but does not back it up with an infrastructure that establishes metrics and systems to continuously improve.  Second is the company that has an internal group of individuals trying to make a difference but does not have the management commitment to measure qualified metrics as a means of judging...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Operations on January 28, 2013

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    January 25, 2013

    Marketing 101 With A Twist…Making It Effective

    6 Benchmarks Every Marketer & Every Company Must Achieve

    There are so many options when it comes to marketing these days; knowing where to focus can be overwhelming.  Create the Strategy…Choose the Tools…Implement the Plan is no longer going to cut it in today’s competitive environment.  Today’s expertise is more centered on the ability to connect over a longer period of time, mine data and convert it into revenue.  But from my perspective, no matter what type of marketing you use, there are some fundamentals that make...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Marketing & Innovation on January 25, 2013

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    January 23, 2013

    Lessons Learned Templates & Guide: A Managers Toolkit for Continuous Improvement

    Create a cultural shift that will improve your bottom line & make you more competitive.

    It happens to all of us.  Our organization, employees or project teams make mistakes and change course, table good ideas for a “later” date, or receive unsolicited & undocumented feedback from customers. Unfortunately, we forget to address these lessons as actionable opportunities on how TO DO or how NOT TO DO whatever it is that we learned.  Instead of capturing and maintain this knowledge, we put it on the back burner assuming we will get to it later, or that we will remember to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 23, 2013

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