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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    November 26, 2012

    Six Actions Small Business Owners Should Take Before, During, & After Start-up

    You Want To Start Your Own Business...Now What?

    Here are six areas to focus your efforts as a small business owner, whether you are planning to start your business or already own it. You don't have to be an expert on day one.  The challenge is to continue to develop these skills and incorporate them into your business strategy.  Over time, your positive results will reflect your efforts.    Develop your sales and marketing skills. You can have a fantastic business idea, but if you do not know how to get the word out to potential...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Small Business on November 26, 2012

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    November 4, 2012

    Six Steps Managers Need To Follow When Hiring Junior Military Officers

    Make sure you are prepared: a successful transition for your employee is a successful hire for your team.

    Many private sector companies actively seek out Junior Military Officers to fill employment opportunities. They hire them into their leadership programs and management positions with a great deal of confidence that they will bring a unique skill set and accelerated management experience to strengthen their organization. These individuals can walk into a leadership or management role, learn quickly, make decisions and move forward with confidence. Their transition, however, can be personally challenging due...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Military Officer Transition on November 4, 2012

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    October 31, 2012

    Six Success Tips For Operations Professionals

    Is your Operations Group aligned with your company’s vision?

    As market dynamics change, so should your operations group.  Make sure you are being proactive, able to adapt and stay competitive.  Here are six success tips all operations professionals should incorporate into their routine.   Focus on Communication input and output. Often times operations becomes a microcosm of its own and loses touch unintentionally, sometimes deliberately, with the rest of the organization. Don’t let this happen. Be open to market demands and listen to your...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Operations on October 31, 2012

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    October 28, 2012

    Success Traits for IT Professionals-A Guide to feeling AND being appreciated.

    Six things all IT Professionals should do to succeed in their careers.

    Let’s face it...IT Professionals are not always the most extroverted personalities when it comes to interaction outside of their own department.  That can be problematic for them, as well as for the overall success of the company.  As a service oriented department, personality and responsiveness are so important, but so is the value their unique and fast paced knowledge can bring.  By integrating Success Traits into their routine they will be able integrate their talents into the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Information Technology on October 28, 2012

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    October 14, 2012

    Success Tips For Middle Managers

    How can Middle Managers develop their skills?

    Your organization counts on you to get things done.  So how do you ensure your influence, as a Middle Manager, is enough to lead the charge?  Are you doing the right things?  Here are six important tips to create an environment that sets you, your staff, and your company up for success.   Gain the respect of your employees by knowing how to do their jobs well.   Managing an employee is not only about delegating, but guiding, supporting and helping them to get better at their...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on October 14, 2012

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    October 1, 2012

    Six Things Marketing Should Be Doing to Ensure a Positive ROI

    Are your marketing dollars being wasted?

    There is often a stigma around how marketing dollars are spent.  Business leaders don’t always fully understand marketing programs or how all the elements tie together.  Other department heads get frustrated when, in their opinion, investment ‘Needs’ are turned down, but Marketing still gets funding for ‘Wants’.  Finally, Marketing Professionals rarely feel they have enough funding for the results everyone expects their programs to achieve. So what can be done...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Marketing & Innovation on October 1, 2012

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    September 13, 2012

    Communication Essentials For Executives and General Managers

    Are you an Effective Communicator (Leader)?

    Leading others is a great responsibility because your entire organization is waiting to hear what you have to say so they can act in accordance with your direction.  Success or failure is based on two basic criteria: The viability of your strategy, and your ability to communicate effectively.  Effective Communication means your message must resonate, must be understood, must be continuous, and must fully disseminate through all levels of the organization in order for everyone to take part and...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on September 13, 2012

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    September 9, 2012

    Six OTHER Traits To Succeed In Sales

    What Traits do you think of when describing a good sales person?

    What Traits do you think of when describing a good sales person?  Typically they are personality traits: outgoing, thoughtful, positive, responsive, knowledgeable, etc.… Although personality traits are very important, there are six OTHER traits you or your employees should focus on to succeed in sales.    1)  Take it personally! When you take things personally, you hold yourself accountable.  By holding yourself accountable you: become the go-to person become the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Sales & Business Development on September 9, 2012

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    September 5, 2012

    Workplace Bureaucracy – Learn to Break Through the Red Tape!

    What does your company value most, your employees or your processes?

    Workplace Bureaucracy can leave your company stagnant & demotivated.  As a leader, a manager and an individual contributor, you should be looking to create a balance between creativity and consistency.  Each one of us has the responsibility to improve our work environment.   Procedures, systems, controls, processes….we all complain about them or hear complaining from others, but they serve a purpose.  Structure is good; it keeps our business consistent, helps us track our...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Operations on September 5, 2012

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    August 21, 2012

    Eight Entrepreneurial Pointers For Any Job

    What can you learn from entrepreneurs to help you succeed in your current job?

    Following the success habits of entrepreneurs is a good basis for anyone’s success in business.   The reason is that these individuals develop success from nothing.  They engage in activities and exhibit certain qualities that build success.  Anyone, no matter where you work, or what you do, can benefit from these lessons.   Here Are Eight Entrepreneurial Pointers For Any Job.   1) Tenacity Having the determination to do what you believe in, and get done what needs...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on August 21, 2012

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