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    February 1, 2013

    Complacency in the Workplace: Overcome Bad Attitudes With Accountable Leadership

    4 Reasons Why Complacency Exists & What Management Can Do to Annihilate It

    Those annoying words are like scratches on a chalkboard. “This is the way we always do it.”  Can you image living life with that attitude?  You would never grow, improve or try new things…what a boring life!  In business, boring companies don’t grow their revenue, they don’t make continuous improvements to their products, processes, or services, and they are certainly NOT innovators.  So how do you lead an organization that has an attitude problem, without...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 1, 2013

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    January 23, 2013

    Lessons Learned Templates & Guide: A Managers Toolkit for Continuous Improvement

    Create a cultural shift that will improve your bottom line & make you more competitive.

    It happens to all of us.  Our organization, employees or project teams make mistakes and change course, table good ideas for a “later” date, or receive unsolicited & undocumented feedback from customers. Unfortunately, we forget to address these lessons as actionable opportunities on how TO DO or how NOT TO DO whatever it is that we learned.  Instead of capturing and maintain this knowledge, we put it on the back burner assuming we will get to it later, or that we will remember to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 23, 2013

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    January 17, 2013

    Skills Of A Good Manager - Putting Out Fires

    Here Are 5 Ways to Put Out Fires As A New Manager

    By Emilie Shoop, Creator and Leader of Shoop Training & Consulting When you step into your role as manager, there is a lot to learn, a lot to do, and it is easy to get overwhelmed.  Almost everyone will tell you that the skills required by managers to learn right away include how to delegate effectively, manage your time wisely, focus on strategic direction, and so on.  So will I.  No matter what else is going on, all of those skills are crucial to your...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on January 17, 2013

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    January 12, 2013

    6 Actions That Define Great Senior Managers

    Are you a bridge or a roadblock to your company’s success?

    Executive Leaders set the strategy, Middle Managers execute the day-to-day, in between are Senior Managers..what do they need to do to be successful? Too often senior management creates a roadblock instead of a bridge to their organization’s success.  That’s because filtering information from the top and molding it into a vision for the part of the organization they run, is a skill few people have any formal training in.  Without the ability to properly filter, communicate and...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on January 12, 2013

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    January 7, 2013

    8 Simple Steps to Streamline Your Process, Increase Profits & Customer Loyalty

    In order to reduce the chaos in your organization you need to know where it exists…so do you?

    Within any organization there is constant movement: people come and go, management changes, ideas and work processes get updated.  In addition to internal flows, external factors ‘poke’ at the organization forcing reactions that may or may not be streamlined into existing processes: technology advancements, increased customer expectations, supplier demands, market competition.  Chaos is the reality of most organizations, but they don’t realize it until the bottom line suffers;...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 7, 2013

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    January 5, 2013

    3 Major Benefits of Cross-Functional Professional Development

    Learn to build professional relationships that make you more valuable to your company.

    Sometimes we enjoy working with others, sometimes…not so much.  Typically, our enjoyment is based on our relationships; we rely on a personal exchange in order to get along & work cohesively.  Simply put, personal exchanges are not enough. Here’s why: Business actions, simple or complex, can become personality struggles when a professional connection does not exist.  The real goal is to build professional connections.  Cross Functional Development allows you to create...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on January 5, 2013

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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 28, 2012

    How To Budget And Forecast

    Business Plans, Budgets & Forecasts: A How To Guide For Your Organization

    Is your head spinning from all the stress & time spent on business plans, forecasts and budgets?  Remember, planning is not a science…it’s an exercise…that should refresh you, keep you agile, and make you feel in control of your destiny!  Is that how you feel?  As we enter into this year’s budget and forecast season, try to challenge yourself and your team to become more efficient and to create better standards for planning and budgeting.  In turn, you will...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on December 28, 2012

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    December 16, 2012

    Why Is It So Difficult to Implement Change?

    Follow These Steps to Become a Change Leader

    By Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions As humans, we prefer a state called homeostasis. It’s the state in which a person’s relationship to the environment is stable. It’s in our very nature to strive for stability and resist change. Physically, we are wired for regulation that keeps our systems operating in a way that is stable and unchanging. Emotionally, we may cling to what or who is familiar.   You may have heard or read before that the top...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Communication Skills on December 16, 2012

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    December 13, 2012

    Building International Leadership Credibility

    What content, actions or practices will influence your leadership credibility; the ability to face and work through struggles on overseas assignments?

    By Debbie Nicol, Managing Director, 'business en motion' According to Kouzes and Posner, credibility is the currency of leadership.  Credibility is ‘smelt and felt’ by all around you, and is mirrored in self-confidence and following.   With the world changing, the context of leadership is most certainly changing, yet Kouzes and Posner’s research shows that content remains the same.  What content, actions or practices will influence your leadership credibility; the...Continue reading

    By Debbie NicolPosted in International Management on December 13, 2012

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