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Articles by Lisa Woods

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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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    3 Major Benefits of Cross-Functional Professional Development

    Learn to build professional relationships that make you more valuable to your company.

    Sometimes we enjoy working with others, sometimes…not so much.  Typically, our enjoyment is based on our relationships; we rely on a personal exchange in order to get along & work cohesively.  Simply put, personal exchanges are not enough. Here’s why: Business actions, simple or complex, can become personality struggles when a professional connection does not exist.  The real goal is to build professional connections.  Cross Functional Development allows you to create...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on January 5, 2013

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    Effective Management Is A Choice

    What Type of Manager Do You Choose to Be?

    When studying management or leadership, you’ll probably learn about Six Management Styles, when to use them, when not to use them. You may even participate in a DISC personality assessment to determine where your natural management temperament falls and how well you are able to adapt your temperament to challenging workplace situations. Both are very useful management assessment tools. They help to understand your potential, uncover strengths to develop, as well as weaknesses to overcome throughout...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 9, 2017

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    Offsite Meeting Planning Template

    A complete roadmap with tips for making the most of your offsite.

    Here is a template that takes you through the process of planning your offsite meeting.   Making the most of your company’s time, and the time of your meeting participants, requires the ability to plan, execute and follow-up effectively with company objectives in mind.  Download our Free Offsite Meeting Template to ensure you are ready for your next strategic, leadership, management or team building event.   Offsite Meeting Planning Template   It’s a complete roadmap...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management Tools on May 25, 2017

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    A Memorial Day Message to Employers

    It is our duty as employers to understand the value of our Veterans and the career challenges they face.

    This Memorial Day, as we take a solemn moment to reflect on those who have served us and the price they have paid, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind employers of the tremendous skills and qualities our veterans bring to our businesses once they leave the military; specifically Junior Military Officers.   A Junior Military Officer (JMO) is typically someone who has spent 3-6 years in active duty as a commissioned officer in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy.  These...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 28, 2012

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    Professional Mentoring: How Business Management Consultants Can Help

    Here are some tips to identify candidates.

    Passed over for a promotion? Unsure of how to solve a problem in your department? Choose wisely how you proceed, keeping in mind Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Self-doubt is not the answer, nor is a common tendency to "just get by”, they both get in your way of doing things differently. Don’t forget that your employer recognized your potential when he or she hired you, so you have the...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on February 26, 2013

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    Career Mentors Can Provide Valuable Business Skills Training

    Tips for Choosing a Career Mentor

    Having a career mentor who can guide you in your field and recommend the skills and training necessary to help you succeed, is an invaluable career resource to help you prepare for future advancement. Your career mentor is a person who acts as your counselor, trainer and guide toward your desired career goal.   When Choosing a Career Mentor Consider the Following Tips: Look for a person whom you not only feel comfortable opening up to, but also has a great deal of experience in the field or...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on February 26, 2013

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    Develop Nine Essential Skills To Lead Without Authority

    Do you seek out opportunities to practice your leadership skills?

    No matter what position you hold in your company, you have the opportunity to be a leader, influence others, solve problems for those around you and become an expert resource for your organization or team.  If you can cultivate these leadership opportunities in your organization and in your life, your career will increase its potential to grow.  When you don’t take advantage of these opportunities, your career has a much greater likelihood of staying stagnant.  The ability to lead...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on July 8, 2012

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    Four Not So Obvious Reasons People Get Fired Or Rejected For Promotions

    Are you at risk of losing your job or being passed over for promotion?

    Besides all the obvious reasons such as theft, lying, not showing up for work and poor performance, there are other underlying reasons why people are let go when there is a downsizing or restructuring.  They are the same reasons they are passed up on promotions and opportunities to advance their careers.  Take a look through them and ask yourself if you are at risk.   Here Are Four Not So Obvious Reasons People Get Fired Or Passed Over For Promotions.   They Are Not Good...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Human Resources on August 19, 2012

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