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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    January 12, 2013

    6 Actions That Define Great Senior Managers

    Are you a bridge or a roadblock to your company’s success?

    Executive Leaders set the strategy, Middle Managers execute the day-to-day, in between are Senior Managers..what do they need to do to be successful? Too often senior management creates a roadblock instead of a bridge to their organization’s success.  That’s because filtering information from the top and molding it into a vision for the part of the organization they run, is a skill few people have any formal training in.  Without the ability to properly filter, communicate and...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on January 12, 2013

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    January 9, 2013

    6 Tips to Jumpstart Your Career Before Graduation

    Do you know how to land a job in today’s economy?

    Are you a college student, recent graduate or know someone who is about to enter the workforce for the first time?  Today’s economy requires a head start in order to land a decent job.  Here are 6 tips to jumpstart your career before graduation.   Intern, Intern, Intern Figure out a way to work in your field of study before you graduate so you can build your resume with real experience.  Sometimes it leads to a job after you graduate, other times it leads to a more credible...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Career Change, Job Search on January 9, 2013

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    January 7, 2013

    8 Simple Steps to Streamline Your Process, Increase Profits & Customer Loyalty

    In order to reduce the chaos in your organization you need to know where it exists…so do you?

    Within any organization there is constant movement: people come and go, management changes, ideas and work processes get updated.  In addition to internal flows, external factors ‘poke’ at the organization forcing reactions that may or may not be streamlined into existing processes: technology advancements, increased customer expectations, supplier demands, market competition.  Chaos is the reality of most organizations, but they don’t realize it until the bottom line suffers;...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 7, 2013

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    January 5, 2013

    3 Major Benefits of Cross-Functional Professional Development

    Learn to build professional relationships that make you more valuable to your company.

    Sometimes we enjoy working with others, sometimes…not so much.  Typically, our enjoyment is based on our relationships; we rely on a personal exchange in order to get along & work cohesively.  Simply put, personal exchanges are not enough. Here’s why: Business actions, simple or complex, can become personality struggles when a professional connection does not exist.  The real goal is to build professional connections.  Cross Functional Development allows you to create...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on January 5, 2013

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    January 4, 2013

    Steve Jobs: Secrets of Life - How Steve Jobs Shaped My Career Without Me Knowing

    A Great Motivator to Start Your Year

    Wow!  Like everyone else, I’ve always been impressed with his work, but never really spent time studying Steve Jobs.  That was until last night when I went online to see what kind of management videos are out there. What I found were a multitude of Steve Jobs interviews from the 1980’s through his recent death in 2011.  I watched as many of them as I could find.  He was amazing, both impressive and inspirational.  I never realized how much of an impact he had on my...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on January 4, 2013

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    December 29, 2012

    50 Resolutions That Can Positively Impact Your Career

    What will you do differently in 2013?

    As 2012 comes to an end and 2013 approaches, it is a great time to consider some resolutions that open opportunities for career growth and professional success.  Here are 50 ideas to spark actions plans for improvement.  What is it that you want to improve?  Are you doing what is necessary to get where you want to go in your career?  Now is the time…here is our first crack at a list in no particular order.  What will you do?    1.  Create a Professional...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on December 29, 2012

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    December 28, 2012

    How To Budget And Forecast

    Business Plans, Budgets & Forecasts: A How To Guide For Your Organization

    Is your head spinning from all the stress & time spent on business plans, forecasts and budgets?  Remember, planning is not a science…it’s an exercise…that should refresh you, keep you agile, and make you feel in control of your destiny!  Is that how you feel?  As we enter into this year’s budget and forecast season, try to challenge yourself and your team to become more efficient and to create better standards for planning and budgeting.  In turn, you will...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on December 28, 2012

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    December 11, 2012

    How & When to Ask For a Promotion (or Raise) at Work

    A guide for employees, managers and human resource professionals: Learn to mitigate the “Promotion Disconnect”.

    In an ideal world companies would use promotions as a means of motivating employees, incentivizing high performers and securing workplace loyalty.  But the reality is far different.  Unfortunately promotions are too often given to fill vacant positions, and loyal, consistent performers are overlooked because there is no need to make changes…they will continue to do great where they are.  Employees and their Managers don’t always see eye to eye on the subject.  This is what...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in New Employee, Promotion on December 11, 2012

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    December 3, 2012

    Lacking Good Mentorship? Is the Problem You, Your Boss or Your Employee?

    Understand the problem and improve business results.

    There is no written rule that Managers or Leaders are good mentors.  Mentorship is an added perk that is shared between two people if the stars align...meaning, it takes a knowledgeable Mentor and a willing Mentee to make the relationship work.  Just because there is a working relationship does not mean the ‘knowledge’ or the ‘willingness’ exist…there needs to be the right balance.   So how do you find this balance?  Is the problem you, your boss or your...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on December 3, 2012

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    November 29, 2012

    Communication Essentials for Purchasing & Supply Chain Professionals

    Make Purchasing & Supply Chain a Strategic Part of Your Organization

    Here a a few things your organization should focus on to ensure purchasing and supply chain activities are in line with organizational goals.  These areas impact the entire organization, so the entire organization should understand their role in making it a success.   We have identified six communication essentials to ensure activities are aligned within your organization for positive results:   1) Never discount the importance of relationships. Building great relationships, both...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Operations on November 29, 2012

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