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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    Communication Tips For the Workplace

    Are you a good communicator?

    At work, at home, in social settings, with friends or colleagues, your ability to communicate defines who you are to those around you.  Are you shy, outgoing, a trivia fanatic, a news junkie, a sports enthusiast, the guy who loves to hear the sound of his own voice, or the gal that never seems to get to the point?  We all have people in our lives that we can put into these buckets.  And we all think we know which bucket people would put us into.  But how do you know for sure?  Are...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on May 3, 2012

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    Ten Tips to Get Good at Communicating Bad News

    Do you avoid communicating bad news?

    As managers, and leaders, we anticipate challenges, take on responsibility and drive results.  Our ability to communicate well gives us an advantage when motivating, providing direction and giving feedback, however, no matter how good you are at communicating, nobody likes to communicate bad news.  We all dread reporting poor results, pointing out mistakes and letting employees go…. but, it is an important part of the job; better to do it well than to avoid doing it at all.   Here...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on August 2, 2012

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    6 Tips to Jumpstart Your Career Before Graduation

    Do you know how to land a job in today’s economy?

    Are you a college student, recent graduate or know someone who is about to enter the workforce for the first time?  Today’s economy requires a head start in order to land a decent job.  Here are 6 tips to jumpstart your career before graduation.   Intern, Intern, Intern Figure out a way to work in your field of study before you graduate so you can build your resume with real experience.  Sometimes it leads to a job after you graduate, other times it leads to a more credible...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Career Change, Job Search on January 9, 2013

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    How to Achieve Audience Buy-In: Sell It!

    Spend less time discussing the how to, & more time celebrating the what if!

    Have you ever tried to pitch an idea? In public speaking we are often times trying to sell something, sell change, sell innovation...    Noteworthy speakers are able to engage the audience, inspire, and have a successful call to action. The challenge is how? When you're proposing a new model or process you don’t want to spend time outlining the steps that will be taken in your new world; for that you could put together a job aide or process map, hand it out, and take a seat. You're giving...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on March 10, 2014

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    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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    How To Give A Meaningful Compliment

    Giving Praise, What Great Leaders Have In Common

    We are all in a position to give and receive compliments at some point, both in our personal and professional lives. Some of us are better at it than others. Sometimes our skill varies based on the setting; sometimes it varies based on our relationship with the individual that is deserving the compliment.    Why do we let these varying factors impact our ability to give complements? Maybe it’s because we are concerned about how we will be perceived. Maybe it’s because we are shy....Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on April 29, 2014

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    How to Manage Team Conflict: 4 Types of Conflict All Managers Must Address

    Management’s objective is not to resolve conflict, it is to overcome it.

    Conflict is an uncomfortable aspect of any relationship, especially when it exists among members of your team.  As a manager, you have the responsibility to not only address the issues as they come up, but also to establish a culture that prevents them from occurring in the first place.  Doing this requires an emotional awareness of relationships among team members, between you and your employees, and your employees and other departments.  Your ability to manage conflict successfully is...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on February 11, 2013

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    How To Quit Your Job

    Five Steps You Can Take

    You have been waiting for that promotion, trying so hard to get noticed and recognized for your contributions. Your boss tries just as hard to make that happen for you, but tells you that it’s going to take a little longer…again. Your eyes stray to job sites, just to see what’s out there. You update that old dusty CV and go out on a couple of interviews, and then, there it is…an offer.   What is this strange document outlining what another company wants to offer you for...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on April 11, 2017

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    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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    How to use your MBA to get promoted.

    Does getting your MBA make you worthy of a promotion?

    Like most things in life, actions tend to speak louder than words.  So is the action you take to complete your MBA worthy of a promotion?  Or are those three little letters you worked so hard to obtain just words you have on your resume?  It is up to you to take action in your career.  Earning your MBA, or any other degree, is the first step, but the real test is what you do with your new knowledge after you add it to your resume.   A Masters in Business Administration trains you...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in New Employee, Promotion on August 15, 2012

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