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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    Communication Guidelines for New Graduates and Their Employers

    What can you & your manager do to start things off right?

    …You are fresh out of college; you made it through the interview process and got your first break into the workforce.  You want to do great things and believe you have a lot to offer. …As an employer you have given this recent graduate their first break, an opportunity to get started in their career, to learn, and grow.    What can you both do to start things off right?  What are some things to consider when getting familiar with one another?   Generational gaps...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in New Employee, Promotion on August 6, 2012

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    Accountability In The Workplace: A Self-Help Guide

    Building Your Accountability Skillset

    Somewhere, in a faraway land, a long, long time ago, accountability was something an individual strove to achieve, quietly, on their own, in an effort to learn, improve their skills, earn more responsibility and be trusted by those around them to work in a way that achieves a defined value to the organization.   That’s right, accountability was something you built, over time, by working hard, proving your skills and building trust. Communicating accountability was a humbling effort, by doing...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on June 19, 2017

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    Complacency in the Workplace: Overcome Bad Attitudes With Accountable Leadership

    4 Reasons Why Complacency Exists & What Management Can Do to Annihilate It

    Those annoying words are like scratches on a chalkboard. “This is the way we always do it.”  Can you image living life with that attitude?  You would never grow, improve or try new things…what a boring life!  In business, boring companies don’t grow their revenue, they don’t make continuous improvements to their products, processes, or services, and they are certainly NOT innovators.  So how do you lead an organization that has an attitude problem, without...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 1, 2013

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    Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: How to Develop Yourself & Your Team

    Do you believe emotional intelligence is a skill you can develop in others?

    Emotional Intelligence is the ability to create a balance between knowing what you don’t know and that what you do know can be improved.  It also means you have the ability to see the same knowledge and balance in others; teaching them how to be aware and create a good balance for themselves.  The ability to learn gives you authority, the ability to teach gives you power.  At the end of the day…and at the end of this article…I would like you to walk away with an...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on March 11, 2013

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    Emotional Intelligence In the Workplace: Template

    Learn To Develop Emotional Intelligence In Yourself & Your Team

    Emotional Intelligence is the ability to create a balance between knowing what you don’t know and that what you do know can be improved.  It also means you have the ability to see the same knowledge and balance in others; teaching them how to be aware and create a good balance for themselves.  In the workplace, Emotional intelligence will help you grow personally and professionally by developing it in yourself and teaching it to those around you. Here is a template you can use develop...Continue reading

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

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    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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    Steve Jobs: Secrets of Life - How Steve Jobs Shaped My Career Without Me Knowing

    A Great Motivator to Start Your Year

    Wow!  Like everyone else, I’ve always been impressed with his work, but never really spent time studying Steve Jobs.  That was until last night when I went online to see what kind of management videos are out there. What I found were a multitude of Steve Jobs interviews from the 1980’s through his recent death in 2011.  I watched as many of them as I could find.  He was amazing, both impressive and inspirational.  I never realized how much of an impact he had on my...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on January 4, 2013

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    Strategic Leadership-How Strategic Are You?

    Three Key Components To Transform Strategy Into Results

    When we talk about being strategic we focus more on thinking and planning, than on leading and achieving.  The reality is that “being strategic” requires both; it’s the full transformation from dream to result.  It’s not that we forget to transform our vision, but often our approach to leading that change is not effective enough to generate our desired results.  Here is a model for strategic transformation-how to make your vision real.     Thinking &...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on August 5, 2013

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    Lessons Learned Templates & Guide: A Managers Toolkit for Continuous Improvement

    Create a cultural shift that will improve your bottom line & make you more competitive.

    It happens to all of us.  Our organization, employees or project teams make mistakes and change course, table good ideas for a “later” date, or receive unsolicited & undocumented feedback from customers. Unfortunately, we forget to address these lessons as actionable opportunities on how TO DO or how NOT TO DO whatever it is that we learned.  Instead of capturing and maintain this knowledge, we put it on the back burner assuming we will get to it later, or that we will remember to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on January 23, 2013

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    Conducting Lessons Learned-Toolkit & Templates

    A Managers Guide for Continuous Improvement

    Here is a Toolkit for Conducting Lessons Learned:   The purpose of conducting lessons learned is to capture the knowledge learned during the course of business, or while implementing projects.  The goal is to encourage the recurrence of positive outcomes while deterring undesirable ones.  In order to do it well you must:   Identify best practices and lessons learned. Document these lessons. Archive lessons learned to save for future reference and for others to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management Tools on July 30, 2013

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