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    November 9, 2019

    How To Speak Your Mind At Work

    THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT SPEAK THEIR MIND

    We’ve all been there, sitting in a meeting, standing in the break room, or face-to-face in the boss’s office…thinking…"I know how to solve this"…"I have a great idea"…"I know what to do"…"pick ME to lead"…                     But something stops us from speaking up. Shear terror? Lack of confidence? Afraid of not being taken seriously?   Whatever the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on November 9, 2019

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    May 10, 2019

    Why Are Negotiation Skills Soooooo Scary?

    Negotiation is simply communication with accountability.

    Negotiation is a loaded term, one that many associate with conflict, selling, losers verses winners, intimidation, power struggles…the list goes on. Bottom line, most people associate Negotiation Skills with negative connotations, and because of that, the topic is scary to even think about. I review this issue with hundreds of people each year between my business clients and MBA students. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that over 90% of current and future business professionals in this mix...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 10, 2019

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    August 17, 2017

    6 Approaches to Problem Solving- How Does Your Mind Work?

    4 Steps to Making Your Team’s Problem Solving Strategy a Competitive Advantage

    Your ability to solve problems impacts personal success in life, success as a team, and ultimately, the success of your business. That’s why it is so important to understand your strengths and weaknesses as you approach problems. This awareness can help you gage whether or not the situation requires your skill, the skill of another team member or a combination of the two. Effective problem solving offers an opportunity to move forward, rather than mitigate a setback. If you approach a...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on August 17, 2017

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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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    May 9, 2017

    Effective Management Is A Choice

    What Type of Manager Do You Choose to Be?

    When studying management or leadership, you’ll probably learn about Six Management Styles, when to use them, when not to use them. You may even participate in a DISC personality assessment to determine where your natural management temperament falls and how well you are able to adapt your temperament to challenging workplace situations. Both are very useful management assessment tools. They help to understand your potential, uncover strengths to develop, as well as weaknesses to overcome throughout...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 9, 2017

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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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    February 3, 2015

    What’s the Big Picture?

    3 Steps to get you and your team up to speed.

    When you move into a supervisor or managerial role for the first time, typically you have been doing the work in your business or organization.  You have been making the widgets.  You have been selling the widgets.  You have been supporting the users of the widgets.   As you move into your new role, one skill to learn to help you become even more successful as a leader is to understand “what’s the big picture”.  The more you lead with the big picture in mind,...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 3, 2015

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    January 2, 2015

    What Are You Focusing On In 2015?

    How have you developed as a leader this last year?

    Now that 2014 has come to a close and 2015 is upon us, we start to do a lot of planning.  It is also a great time for reflection.  As a new manager, what are you focusing on in 2015?   There are plenty of business areas that you will need to focus on for sure.  How about your leadership skills?  How have you developed as a leader this year?  Did you just take on the role of leader, or have you been at it for a while now?   Reflect on 2014 Take a step back and look...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 2, 2015

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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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