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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    4 Essential Skills for Leaders, Managers & High Potentials

    A Must Have for Individual & Team Development

    It does not matter if you are a company President, Operations Leader, Customer Service Representative, Sales & Marketing Director or “name your title”…the need for continuous self improvement is universal.  Successful individuals make a proactive effort to continuously develop four Essential Skills to create a combined ability to:   1. Lead 2. Manage 3. Perform In Their Job 4. Communicate Effectively   This 4-pronged skillset applies to your job, no matter what...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on June 2, 2013

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    4 Essential Skills For Leaders, Managers & High Potentials: Workbook

    Are you setting yourself up for success?

      Use this workbook to assess your skills and be proactive about developing the skillset of successful professionals.   4 Essential Skills for Leaders, Managers & High Potentials It's a workbook and management tool for individual and team development.   Included in this book... A Self-Assessment Quiz to use on yourself and your team 100+ Actions you can take to improve your skills, and the skills of your employees A workbook to track your success & facilitate...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development Tools on August 6, 2013

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    Communication Essentials For Executives and General Managers

    Are you an Effective Communicator (Leader)?

    Leading others is a great responsibility because your entire organization is waiting to hear what you have to say so they can act in accordance with your direction.  Success or failure is based on two basic criteria: The viability of your strategy, and your ability to communicate effectively.  Effective Communication means your message must resonate, must be understood, must be continuous, and must fully disseminate through all levels of the organization in order for everyone to take part and...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on September 13, 2012

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    Communication Essentials for Purchasing & Supply Chain Professionals

    Make Purchasing & Supply Chain a Strategic Part of Your Organization

    Here a a few things your organization should focus on to ensure purchasing and supply chain activities are in line with organizational goals.  These areas impact the entire organization, so the entire organization should understand their role in making it a success.   We have identified six communication essentials to ensure activities are aligned within your organization for positive results:   1) Never discount the importance of relationships. Building great relationships, both...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Operations on November 29, 2012

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    What First Time Managers Need to Know to be Successful

    You got promoted to Manager...do you know what to do, or what to expect?

    Whether you are a first time Manager, first time Supervisor, or you have been in the job for a short period of time already, there are some things that you should know in order to acclimate yourself to your new role.  Managing people is a great responsibility.  When you first become a manager it is normal to feel proud about yourself and the accomplishments that got you there.  Over time, and with experience, however, you will find that your pride is about your employee's success instead of...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on June 24, 2012

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    Advice For Finance Professionals: Redefine Your Role As Gatekeeper

    How efficient is your company at making sound investment decisions?

    Finance is an incredibly important aspect of any business.  So important that many companies make the mistake of shielding it from daily operations & functional managers.  This leads to uncertainty, animosity, wasted time and resources as managers make investment requests that get denied.  By proactively teaching and integrating financial decision processes throughout the organization, Finance Professionals can redefine their role as gatekeeper, building a more efficient organization...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Accounting & Finance on January 14, 2013

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    Caring For The High Maintenance/High Value Employee

    How to identify greatness & generate peak performance in complex individuals.

    Throughout your career you will encounter many personalities, some difficult, some easygoing, some annoying, some inspiring.  But there is one that I would describe as the most complex personality of all:  The High Maintenance/High Value Employee.  They earn that name because they require a full fledged management program to reach their peak performance, coupled with an extensive maintenance program to keep them functioning there.  It sounds like a lot of work and it is, but when it...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on April 22, 2013

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    Cross Functional Skills Benefit Employees & The Bottom Line

    Valuable skills that trump personality.

    Sometimes we enjoy working with others, sometimes…not so much. It’s human nature to rely on a personal exchange in order to get along with people & work cohesively. Simply put however, personal exchanges are not enough to elevate an individual’s career, nor bring substantial value to the bottom line. Here’s why: Business actions, simple or complex, can become personality struggles when a professional connection does not exist.  Those personal exchanges we rely on...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on October 20, 2016

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    How Giving Thanks Can Bring Perspective At Work

    What Are You Thankful For?

    Most people look forward to Thanksgiving as the kickoff to the holiday season, the festivities and the perspective we tend to gain by being thoughtful about the blessings we have in our lives. Family and friendships, the world around us, we absorb it, we appreciate it, we see the good in each and every aspect.  The mental state we create is a choice. We choose to acknowledge the good over the bad during this time of year. Maybe this year we can choose to extend that acknowledgement to our employees,...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on November 24, 2013

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    Lacking Good Mentorship? Is the Problem You, Your Boss or Your Employee?

    Understand the problem and improve business results.

    There is no written rule that Managers or Leaders are good mentors.  Mentorship is an added perk that is shared between two people if the stars align...meaning, it takes a knowledgeable Mentor and a willing Mentee to make the relationship work.  Just because there is a working relationship does not mean the ‘knowledge’ or the ‘willingness’ exist…there needs to be the right balance.   So how do you find this balance?  Is the problem you, your boss or your...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on December 3, 2012

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