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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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    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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    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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    June 18, 2012

    Learn to Speed Read in Three Easy Steps

    How do you use information to stay competitive?

      As professionals, we are inundated daily with information: E-mails, reports, news, blogs, social media…the list goes on and on.  Those who are able to efficiently digest, assimilate and utilize the vast flow of information find themselves ahead of their peers and more competitive no matter what industry or function they work in.  So how do you use information to stay competitive?  You can learn to speed read your way to useful information and a competitive...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on June 18, 2012

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    May 30, 2012

    Five Benefits of Professional Development

    What are you doing to develop your skills?

    We are all busy with work, family and our social activities; as a result, professional development is often neglected due to time constraints.  If you are interested in developing your skills, but unsure of where to start, we recommend that first, you understand the benefits of professional development, then let those benefits guide you to the training that suites your needs.  Here are Five Benefits of Professional Development to consider:   1)   You can keep up with changing...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 30, 2012

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    May 17, 2012

    Three Steps to Creating Great Mentor/Mentee Relationships

    Is your boss doing a good job as your mentor?

    Do you feel like your boss has your best interest in mind when discussing your career path? Does he or she listen to what you want to accomplish, and work with you to help achieve your goals?  OR is the disconnect between what you are doing today, and what you want to be doing, driving you insane?    If you feel like you are on a different planet at work, like you are not being heard, and you see things differently than your boss…you are not alone.  Often times we expect our...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 17, 2012

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    May 14, 2012

    Four Steps To A Work/Life Balance Without Sacrificing Success.

    Does a Successful Work/Life Balance Make You Less Competitive?

    We all hear about the need to create a good work/life balance, but what does that really mean if you want to be successful?  Can you achieve top dog status without compromising your personal life in the process?  Can you enjoy a fulfilling personal life without losing your competitive edge?   Sometimes we are forced to reduce our personal time due to mandatory job travel and work hours, but take a look at the time you choose to spend working instead of living because you think it is...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 14, 2012

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    May 11, 2012

    Three Steps to Stop Your Boss From Micromanaging You.

    Can’t get your boss off your back?

    How annoying is it when your boss constantly tells you how to do your job, or even worse, when he tries to tell your employees how to do theirs, bypassing you altogether.  It is very hard to stay motivated or focused when you have someone standing over your shoulder.  And it is difficult to manage others when they are think someone higher up is looking at them.  So how can you get your boss off your back AND get them to listen to what you have to say?   Step One:  Get your act...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 11, 2012

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    May 10, 2012

    Only you can answer the question: “How do I get promoted?”

    Is Professional Development a Skill or an Art Form?

    Have you ever gone to your boss, or to HR and asked them, “How do I get promoted?” or “How can I get a job in a different field?”  Did you get the answer you wanted to hear?  We have all heard it…continue to work hard; when an opportunity comes up we will consider you along with others…or something along those lines.  Maybe you have a professional development program at work that supports training for the next steps in your career?  No matter what...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 10, 2012

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