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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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    July 22, 2012

    A Guide to Business Development: Balancing Skill, Boldness & Luck

    What is Business Development and how can you do it well?

    It is the most ambiguous of business disciplines…something many want to do, but few are able to define or do well.  This is due to the nature of business development being something beyond the scope of a company’s every day business activity, as well as the inconsistent placement of the activity in different organizations.  Sometimes it is part of sales, sometimes marketing, an outside consultant can lead the effort or a department of it’s own is often created.  We define...Continue reading

    By Dan WoodsPosted in Sales & Business Development on July 22, 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 29, 2012

    Two Ways of Ensuring Top Quality High Potential Employees

    How do you develop a High Potential employee?

    High Potential employees are typically groomed for promotions.  Their direct boss, the head of human resources, as well as executive leadership, follows their performance.   Most progressive companies spend time and resources developing processes to review the pool of high potential candidates in an effort to ensure qualified promotions from within the company.  These processes are a good step and may include customized management seminars, as well as yearly profile reviews, but does...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 29, 2012

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    May 21, 2012

    Three Personality Traits That Hurt Your Career AND How to Fix Them

    Is your attitude helping you our holding you back?

    It seems simple enough to assume one’s attitude has an impact on success.  But what is not so simple is understanding if you exhibit certain attitudes that prohibit yours.  Unless someone actually pulls you aside and tells you that you should change, you will not know until you examine yourself.  That is because bad attitudes are like bad customer service.  People will just take their business elsewhere rather than complain…. promotions and opportunities work the same...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 21, 2012

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    May 18, 2012

    Eight Communication Tips To Gain Respect at Work

    Do people listen to you AND act on what you say?

    Do your coworkers, employees and your boss all listen to your input?  Do they ask for your advice, seek out your opinion, and implement your ideas?  If you answered yes to all of these questions, then I would love for you to share your tips with our readers.  However, if you answered no to any of these questions, I can start you off with eight communication tips that will get you on the road to respect at work.   Tip #1 - Less is More When it Comes To Speaking Can you picture a room...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 18, 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 16, 2012

    Five Steps to Match Business Reports with Financials

    Business Reports & Month-End Figures..Can’t they just get along?

    Sales, Marketing, Operations, Quality, IT, Human Resources…it does not matter what part of the world you are in, or your ranking in the corporate hierarchy.  We all do it…create reports that tell our story…a different story than is shown in Accounting’s month end data.  Why does this happen? Who is to blame..and who is right?   This dilemma has haunted me in every company and at every level I have worked.  It was not until I started leading companies that I...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Accounting & Finance on May 16, 2012

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    May 15, 2012

    Eleven Really Useful Techniques for Successful Presentations

    Do you want to have GREAT presentation skills?

    How do you define a GREAT presentation?  Is it the comfort level you feel when presenting, OR the positive response you get from your audience? What if I told you that it should be both…by that definition, are you a great presenter?   Let’s delve into the elements of a successful presentation and discuss eleven really useful techniques you can implement right away.   1)   Define the reason you are presenting; what is the RESULT you want to achieve?  Are you...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 15, 2012

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