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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    August 19, 2012

    Four Not So Obvious Reasons People Get Fired Or Rejected For Promotions

    Are you at risk of losing your job or being passed over for promotion?

    Besides all the obvious reasons such as theft, lying, not showing up for work and poor performance, there are other underlying reasons why people are let go when there is a downsizing or restructuring.  They are the same reasons they are passed up on promotions and opportunities to advance their careers.  Take a look through them and ask yourself if you are at risk.   Here Are Four Not So Obvious Reasons People Get Fired Or Passed Over For Promotions.   They Are Not Good...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Human Resources on August 19, 2012

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    August 16, 2012

    Work Efficiency Equation For Managers And High Performers

    How do you measure your own work efficiency?

    When referring to a person’s efficiency, measuring work output/work input is not enough.  Instead, there are six variables that determine a person’s work efficiency:   Speed + Accuracy + Foresight + Repeatability + Agility + Respect = An Efficient Employee or Manager   If you focus on these six variables, continuously strive as an individual to improve them and teach your employees to develop their own efficiency skills,  you will create a high performance environment...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on August 16, 2012

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    August 15, 2012

    How to use your MBA to get promoted.

    Does getting your MBA make you worthy of a promotion?

    Like most things in life, actions tend to speak louder than words.  So is the action you take to complete your MBA worthy of a promotion?  Or are those three little letters you worked so hard to obtain just words you have on your resume?  It is up to you to take action in your career.  Earning your MBA, or any other degree, is the first step, but the real test is what you do with your new knowledge after you add it to your resume.   A Masters in Business Administration trains you...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in New Employee, Promotion on August 15, 2012

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    August 13, 2012

    THREE Reasons People Regret Taking a Job & FIVE Actions You Can Take to Fix It

    Do you regret taking your new job? Does your new employee?

      You were so excited for this new opportunity, happy to move on from your last job, and ready start the new one.  Soon after taking the new job, you realized the grass is not greener, nor is the job what you thought it would be.  Do you leave, live with your new reality, or try to change it?  What would you do if you were on the other end of this dilemma…the person who did the hiring?  Making the effort to understand your new employee after the interview can ensure your...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Career Change, Job Search on August 13, 2012

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    August 6, 2012

    Communication Guidelines for New Graduates and Their Employers

    What can you & your manager do to start things off right?

    …You are fresh out of college; you made it through the interview process and got your first break into the workforce.  You want to do great things and believe you have a lot to offer. …As an employer you have given this recent graduate their first break, an opportunity to get started in their career, to learn, and grow.    What can you both do to start things off right?  What are some things to consider when getting familiar with one another?   Generational gaps...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in New Employee, Promotion on August 6, 2012

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    August 2, 2012

    Ten Tips to Get Good at Communicating Bad News

    Do you avoid communicating bad news?

    As managers, and leaders, we anticipate challenges, take on responsibility and drive results.  Our ability to communicate well gives us an advantage when motivating, providing direction and giving feedback, however, no matter how good you are at communicating, nobody likes to communicate bad news.  We all dread reporting poor results, pointing out mistakes and letting employees go…. but, it is an important part of the job; better to do it well than to avoid doing it at all.   Here...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on August 2, 2012

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    July 31, 2012

    Dealing With Workplace Bullies: Seven Actions to Protect Yourself AND Others

    What can you do to protect yourself, and others, from being bullied at work?

    We all deal with different, and sometimes difficult, personalities at work.  But what do you do if the personality is a bully?  If you have ever encountered someone who berates you, deliberately excludes you from information, sets you up for failure, mocks you, points out your flaws in public, creates rumors about you at work, or any other deliberate act of negativity toward you…know you are not alone.  Unfortunately, most of us will face at least one workplace bully directed toward...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on July 31, 2012

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    July 29, 2012

    Managing Customer Expectations

    What does your company do to ensure happy customers?

    Do you know what the difference is between a happy customer and a complacent one?  The happy customer is loyal and the complacent customer is not.  How do your customers feel about doing business with you?  What does your company do to ensure happy customers?    Managing Customer Expectations is not only about satisfying the customer.  It is also about providing clarity within your own organization, and between your organization and the customer.  Clarity sets...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Customer Service on July 29, 2012

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    July 26, 2012

    Six Communication Tactics For Human Resource Professionals

    What Should You Expect From Human Resources?

    Human Resources is a tough job, and often unappreciated.  Employees complain that HR does not do enough to help their job growth.  Managers complain that they have to do everything themselves.  Human Resource professionals complain that they get pulled into everything too late to have any impact.   Does any of this sound familiar?    Here are Six Communication tactics Human Resource professionals should utilize to ensure success in their job.   ONE:  Know the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Human Resources on July 26, 2012

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    July 24, 2012

    Eight Steps to a Successful Integrated Marketing Program

    Learn how to integrate new marketing programs into your company so they succeed.

    You have a new product that is ready to launch, a new service, a new ad campaign, or a new website…at what point do you promote it internally?  Do you make the effort to inform employees in your organization of your marketing efforts?  What is the purpose of this internal communication?  Is it to get people excited, or to make your marketing program a success? Integrated marketing is the process of including the entire organization in the marketing effort from inception, through...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Marketing & Innovation on July 24, 2012

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