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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    Managing Workplace Personalities: The Politician Without A Plan

    How to work with and manage difficult people.

    We don’t always get to choose the people we work with, nor whom we work for, but if you want to succeed, your relationships with everyone in your work environment must be cultivated, especially as a Manager. Managers need to maximize the potential of their team. If you leave people out because of personality clashes, everyone suffers, especially your results. One of the most annoying and common personalities to prepare for is the politician without a plan. Below are some tactics you can use to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on April 4, 2014

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    Only you can answer the question: “How do I get promoted?”

    Is Professional Development a Skill or an Art Form?

    Have you ever gone to your boss, or to HR and asked them, “How do I get promoted?” or “How can I get a job in a different field?”  Did you get the answer you wanted to hear?  We have all heard it…continue to work hard; when an opportunity comes up we will consider you along with others…or something along those lines.  Maybe you have a professional development program at work that supports training for the next steps in your career?  No matter what...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 10, 2012

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    Get your budgets and capital expenditures approved.

    Learn how to work with your finance team to make better decisions for your own department.

    Breaking Down Departmental Silos: Finance   In Business spending money is just as important as making money.  Do you do a good job justifying how money should be spent for your department?  If you work in Finance, do you integrate your actions throughout your organization by helping managers streamline spending requests?...Would other managers agree with your answer?  Ask yourself how Finance and the rest of your organization can work better together to make more educated financial...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on July 16, 2012

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    What’s Your Leadership Philosophy? Inspiration From Margaret Thatcher

    Are you limited by your past or driven by what you & your business can become?

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away this morning.  For those of you that are not familiar with this great lady, she served 11 years from 1979 to 1990 as the first and only female Prime Minister.  She won three General Elections, the longest anyone has held this post.  Last week I happened to watch the movie depicting her life, “Iron Lady,” and was inspired by her thoughts, leadership and vision for Britain during the cold war.   There was one...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on April 8, 2013

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    Transitioning Your Skills as a Leader

    Executive Interview with Alan Weinstein-Entrepreneur & Executive Coach

    Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Alan Weinstein, a successful business owner and expert in the field of Executive Coaching. Alan discusses the biggest challenges CEOs face as they transition their skills & organizations for growth, as well as his own entrepreneurial journey as co-founder of LaserTron. Serving as a Vistage Chairman for more than 20 years, he explains why CEOs and Senior Managers seek out coaching, what they should look for & what they should expect from the process. This...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on May 28, 2014

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