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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    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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    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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    Success Traits for IT Professionals-A Guide to feeling AND being appreciated.

    Six things all IT Professionals should do to succeed in their careers.

    Let’s face it...IT Professionals are not always the most extroverted personalities when it comes to interaction outside of their own department.  That can be problematic for them, as well as for the overall success of the company.  As a service oriented department, personality and responsiveness are so important, but so is the value their unique and fast paced knowledge can bring.  By integrating Success Traits into their routine they will be able integrate their talents into the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Information Technology on October 28, 2012

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    The Truth About Leading Organizational Change

    3 Lessons Every Leader & Manager Can Learn From

    Organizational strategists help business leaders realize their strategy by framing the organization necessary to achieve it. They look at what the organization is today vs. the business leader’s vision for the future, and then develop the changes necessary to achieve the desired results.   Here's the problem...it's still up to the leader to implement that change and most leaders fail at doing so.   Why is that? The answer is not so obvious. In fact, the reason is often blamed on the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on July 24, 2017

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    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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    Two Ways to Address “Perfect Employee Syndrome”

    What should do if your employee thinks they are perfect, but you don’t?

    You are a decent manager, your team shows good results…but there is that one employee that tries to take all the credit.  They seem to lack humility, rate themselves with perfect scores on their performance reviews and want to spend more of their time focused on doing things for the next job before they really do a great job in this one.  So what can you do about “Perfect Employee Syndrome”?  Let’s review two ways you can address the problem while achieving a...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on June 4, 2012

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    Ten ways to ensure innovation is driving your company’s future.

    Is your company innovative? Are you doing your part?

    Is your company innovative?  Are you doing your part? Does your company have an R&D group that appears very busy to everyone, spends millions of dollars, and never seems to roll out any success stories?   Do you wonder how other companies manage to stay one step ahead of yours in the marketplace? Do you have a “follow the market leader” strategy since you don’t have the finances to invest in your own innovation?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Marketing & Innovation on May 7, 2012

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    Four Ways to Transition Business Development into Sales Revenue

    At what point should sales support business development efforts?

    Sales and Business Development are often interchangeable words for many companies due to lack of resources, or past routines.  If you are one of those companies, you are probably missing out on growth opportunities.  There are distinct differences between Sales & Business Development that require different talent profiles, organizational structures and strategic initiatives.  Look at your own sales and business development organization; are you set up for growth?   Here are Four...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Sales & Business Development on May 9, 2012

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    Dealing With Difficult Personalities

    How to IDENTIFY them, how to WORK with them & how to MANAGE them.

    With the need to mobilize teams, improve work efficiencies and generate positive results, having productive relationships with your boss, your co-workers & your employees is essential to your success.   This ManagingAmericans On-Demand Webinar examines 11 difficult personalities types: how to identify them, work with them and manage them when they are your employees.  We will discus how to improve your own work culture and build a productive work environment for your team.  This...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on July 23, 2013

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