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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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    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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    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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    February 27, 2015

    3 Easy Steps to Create a Communication Plan

    How much is the right amount of communication?

    When we move into leadership roles or as teams change, the biggest struggle is often figuring out how to communicate with each other.  We all know that we should communicate more.  We all know how important communication is to have a successful team.  Yet, somehow good communication seems to elude even the most seasoned leaders.   As a new leader, you will definitely succeed faster the sooner you have communication flowing on your new team.  Through working with clients and in my...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on February 27, 2015

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    July 16, 2014

    Team Building for Two

    How to Conduct Team Building Activities for Small Teams

    Sometimes when an organization is growing or going through changes, the team you may be the new supervisor or manager of includes yourself and only one other person.  Many leaders I’ve seen in this position tend to think that team building, good communication skills, or policies and procedures don’t really apply to them.  Since they are so small, I can see why it might seem like that is the case.  However, no matter how small your team may be, it’s always important to be...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on July 16, 2014

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    July 2, 2014

    First Line Managers Set the Tone for Team Culture

    Don't Make This Silly Mistake With Your Culture

    First time supervisors or managers are at the mercy of the organization as a whole when it comes to creating a great team culture to work in.    Wrong!    The biggest, silliest mistake I see new leaders making is:   Thinking they have nothing to do with the culture That they can’t make a difference That their job is to just keep doing things the way they have always been done.   From large studies like Gallup Polls, to many smaller surveys through job...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on July 2, 2014

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    April 17, 2014

    7 Horrible Mistakes You’re Making with Team Communication

    Remind your team that communication is critical to everyone’s success.

    Effective team communication is critical to your success a leader.  Each member on your team, including you, needs to know what is going on, deadlines, expectations, budgets, and more.  When information is flowing freely, your team is able to reach and exceed goals.   We all get busy.  We all have more than enough work to fill each day.  We all get stressed.  Unfortunately, that is when our communication skills tend to take a backseat to our other priorities.   Here...Continue reading

    By Emilie ShoopPosted in Management on April 17, 2014

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    February 14, 2014

    Five Leadership Capabilities of Abraham Lincoln

    How do you and your leadership team measure up in these capabilities?

    As February annually asks us to reflect on our Presidents, it too allows us to reflect on our own leadership and leaders in our organizations. I cannot help but reflect on the leadership capabilities of our 16th President.  As we lament the divisiveness of our current national political dialogue and the uncertainty and ambiguity it creates geopolitically for business, political, military and global leaders, I am reminded that our nation has suffered greater challenges and pulled through them. ...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 14, 2014

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    January 9, 2014

    Agile Organizations: 4 Communication Tips For Decentralized Teams

    Making Agile Teams Work in Different Buildings, Time-Zones & Countries

    One on one communication is a cornerstone of agility.  The Agile Manifesto devotes one of its four values and two of its twelve principles to this type of communication by stating the following: Value: “We have come to value individuals and interactions over processes and tools.”   Principles Supporting That Value: “Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.” “The most efficient and effective method of...Continue reading

    By Ron MontgomeryPosted in Project & Process Management on January 9, 2014

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    November 3, 2013

    Developing An Emotionally Intelligent Organization

    Breaking Down EQ Barriers By Giving Your Organization a Voice

    Over the last few months I’ve spent a lot of time talking with executives about emotional intelligence and the impact it has on results.  One individual whom I would deem as highly emotionally intelligent expressed disappointment in his own executive peer group. During their recent strategy session the dialog was focused on results, structural reasons for results, external market reasons for results, any reason for results that did not require an understanding or accountability for what is...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on November 3, 2013

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