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Articles by Lisa Woods

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    Five Steps Great Managers Take Before Letting Someone Go

    Can you fix a broken employee?

    OK…you have a great organization, but there is that one employee that just can’t seem to fit in with the team, they are always bucking the system, resisting your leadership, going rogue, missing deadlines, causing you more work.  The list of reasons to get rid of them goes on and on, so you ask yourself, at what point do I have enough to let them go?  But should you really be asking yourself, at what point have I done enough to help this person succeed?  Great Managers see...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on May 24, 2012

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    Six Steps Managers Need To Follow When Hiring Junior Military Officers

    Make sure you are prepared: a successful transition for your employee is a successful hire for your team.

    Many private sector companies actively seek out Junior Military Officers to fill employment opportunities. They hire them into their leadership programs and management positions with a great deal of confidence that they will bring a unique skill set and accelerated management experience to strengthen their organization. These individuals can walk into a leadership or management role, learn quickly, make decisions and move forward with confidence. Their transition, however, can be personally challenging due...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Military Officer Transition on November 4, 2012

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    Eight Steps to a Successful Integrated Marketing Program

    Learn how to integrate new marketing programs into your company so they succeed.

    You have a new product that is ready to launch, a new service, a new ad campaign, or a new website…at what point do you promote it internally?  Do you make the effort to inform employees in your organization of your marketing efforts?  What is the purpose of this internal communication?  Is it to get people excited, or to make your marketing program a success? Integrated marketing is the process of including the entire organization in the marketing effort from inception, through...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Marketing & Innovation on July 24, 2012

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    Four Steps To A Work/Life Balance Without Sacrificing Success.

    Does a Successful Work/Life Balance Make You Less Competitive?

    We all hear about the need to create a good work/life balance, but what does that really mean if you want to be successful?  Can you achieve top dog status without compromising your personal life in the process?  Can you enjoy a fulfilling personal life without losing your competitive edge?   Sometimes we are forced to reduce our personal time due to mandatory job travel and work hours, but take a look at the time you choose to spend working instead of living because you think it is...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 14, 2012

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    Three Steps to Creating Great Mentor/Mentee Relationships

    Is your boss doing a good job as your mentor?

    Do you feel like your boss has your best interest in mind when discussing your career path? Does he or she listen to what you want to accomplish, and work with you to help achieve your goals?  OR is the disconnect between what you are doing today, and what you want to be doing, driving you insane?    If you feel like you are on a different planet at work, like you are not being heard, and you see things differently than your boss…you are not alone.  Often times we expect our...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 17, 2012

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    Six Steps to Finding Your New Job

    Is it time to reinvent your career?

    Starting your job search can be overwhelming whether you are looking for new opportunities, making a career change or seeking a promotion.  There are lots of resume tips, interview recommendations and other resources out there, but how do you know what type of job you should be looking for?  If you begin your job search with the mindset to first reinvent yourself, you may find your options for employment evolve into opportunities you would not have previously considered.  Here are Six Steps...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Career Change, Job Search on June 11, 2012

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    Seven Steps to Improving Your Department’s Culture

    Do you want to change the way your team does business?

    There are many philosophies out there on corporate culture.  Some say that it needs to be cultivated over time, but there are ways you can influence your corporate culture by leading change.  Culture is perceived.  That means that if you change perception, you can change culture.  Here are seven steps to improving your department’s culture.   Step One:  Define how your department is currently perceived internally (by each member of your department), by other...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 28, 2012

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    Four Steps to Influence Your Boss’s Decisions

    What should you do if you boss is your biggest roadblock?

    Do you work for someone that does not like change, they don’t want to improve things, or they prefer the status quo to avoid putting themselves at risk of making mistakes?  What if you have ideas to improve your business but you can’t get them past your boss?  What if your boss’s practices are preventing growth and inadvertently hurting the company…do you say something to them?  Do you go above them to be heard?  This is a common dilemma that many of us will...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Communication Skills on June 20, 2012

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    Five Steps to Match Business Reports with Financials

    Business Reports & Month-End Figures..Can’t they just get along?

    Sales, Marketing, Operations, Quality, IT, Human Resources…it does not matter what part of the world you are in, or your ranking in the corporate hierarchy.  We all do it…create reports that tell our story…a different story than is shown in Accounting’s month end data.  Why does this happen? Who is to blame..and who is right?   This dilemma has haunted me in every company and at every level I have worked.  It was not until I started leading companies that I...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Accounting & Finance on May 16, 2012

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    Three Steps to Stop Your Boss From Micromanaging You.

    Can’t get your boss off your back?

    How annoying is it when your boss constantly tells you how to do your job, or even worse, when he tries to tell your employees how to do theirs, bypassing you altogether.  It is very hard to stay motivated or focused when you have someone standing over your shoulder.  And it is difficult to manage others when they are think someone higher up is looking at them.  So how can you get your boss off your back AND get them to listen to what you have to say?   Step One:  Get your act...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on May 11, 2012

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