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    June 19, 2017

    Accountability In The Workplace: A Self-Help Guide

    Building Your Accountability Skillset

    Somewhere, in a faraway land, a long, long time ago, accountability was something an individual strove to achieve, quietly, on their own, in an effort to learn, improve their skills, earn more responsibility and be trusted by those around them to work in a way that achieves a defined value to the organization.   That’s right, accountability was something you built, over time, by working hard, proving your skills and building trust. Communicating accountability was a humbling effort, by doing...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on June 19, 2017

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    April 11, 2017

    How To Quit Your Job

    Five Steps You Can Take

    You have been waiting for that promotion, trying so hard to get noticed and recognized for your contributions. Your boss tries just as hard to make that happen for you, but tells you that it’s going to take a little longer…again. Your eyes stray to job sites, just to see what’s out there. You update that old dusty CV and go out on a couple of interviews, and then, there it is…an offer.   What is this strange document outlining what another company wants to offer you for...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on April 11, 2017

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    December 15, 2016

    Action Item List

    How To Drive Your Team With One Simple Tool

    Do your team or project meetings sound something like this… “Oh, was I supposed to do that?  I thought someone else had that responsibility.  Was that due already?”  When you ask someone for an update on a task that was issued to him or her during the group’s previous meeting, how do you respond to excuses?  It is frustrating for you and for those who are getting their tasks done.  So how can you ensure your team does not find itself behind schedule or...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on December 15, 2016

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    October 20, 2016

    Cross Functional Skills Benefit Employees & The Bottom Line

    Valuable skills that trump personality.

    Sometimes we enjoy working with others, sometimes…not so much. It’s human nature to rely on a personal exchange in order to get along with people & work cohesively. Simply put however, personal exchanges are not enough to elevate an individual’s career, nor bring substantial value to the bottom line. Here’s why: Business actions, simple or complex, can become personality struggles when a professional connection does not exist.  Those personal exchanges we rely on...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on October 20, 2016

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    December 2, 2014

    How to Have a Healthy Conversation

    Connecting with others is the lifeblood of getting work done.

    With the well-warranted national conversation on good health, it’s time we talk about another area where health is important – our own conversations.  We’ve got obesity on the national scale and bloated conversations in the workplace. We’ve got fillers in our food and fillers in our conversations.  We seek workarounds to what we know contributes to good health (exercise, anyone?) like we seek shortcuts when we converse and omit details required for...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Professional Development on December 2, 2014

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    November 4, 2014

    A Simple Strategy to Stay Productive and Healthy at Work

    You will be amazed at what you can achieve in a working day.

    Do you find that your productivity varies from one day to the next? Do you sit down to get stuff done and then next thing you know hours have passed and the most important tasks are still outstanding? Some days I can fly through my tasks fast and then yet other days drag, and I seem to get constantly distracted (often caused by yours truly), leading to a longer “to do” list than when I started!  That was until I discovered the simple and effective Pomodoro Technique®.   Many...Continue reading

    By Jayne JenkinsPosted in Professional Development on November 4, 2014

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    October 15, 2014

    Build Your Self-Confidence for Success

    To have high self-confidence we need a level of competence.

    “What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew you could not fail?”   If big goals come in to your mind and you could not fail at them, then chances are you’d be highly successful, rich and famous and likely very fulfilled!  However, in reality we hold back, and it is fear that holds us back the most. If we had no fear, then we’d be unstoppable.   When I left the corporate world to establish the Churchill Leadership Group, I had a clear vision. I...Continue reading

    By Jayne JenkinsPosted in Professional Development on October 15, 2014

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    September 12, 2014

    Track Your Way to the Top!

    What’s YOUR professional story?

    As long as lion’s have no historians, the victors shall always be portrayed as humans.   I’m reflecting on the first half of the year. I’m trying to be more mindful about my life – personally and professionally. The June/July timeframe seems like a good time to pause, contemplate, and assess where I am with my goals. This allows me to refocus my activities, so I can achieve my objectives, or recognize that it’s time to refine my resolutions.  I’m crystal...Continue reading

    By Michelle BraunPosted in Professional Development on September 12, 2014

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    August 20, 2014

    Grow Up to be Big and Strong: Define Your Strengths

    Three things we can do to grow up & make the most of our strengths.

    When a parent wanted you to eat your vegetables, were you told something like, “Don’t you want to grow up big and strong?”  Mine certainly did. We put a lot of emphasis on being strong -- and for good reason.  Being strong is as old as the biblical Samson.  Being strong indicates we are healthy.  Being strong means we have a shot at being Superman, Superwoman or simply super.  Being strong while communicating says we get our point across.    Donald O....Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Professional Development on August 20, 2014

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    March 27, 2014

    From Mentors’ and Mentees’ Mouths

    Five Lessons Worth Sharing

    Do you ever wish you had the Dalai Lama, Warren Buffet or your own personal Gandalf as a mentor or trusted advisor?  Me, too.     I could have used a conversation with one of them recently. Ironically it was because I was asked to participate in a mentoring event for young professionals a few months back.  Mentoring continues to be a hot topic -- and for good reason. Mentees seek ideas, tips and secrets to success. Mentors seek to share words of wisdom and add value.    As...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Professional Development on March 27, 2014

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