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    July 2, 2012

    Interview tactics for the InterviewER

    How do you prepare for interviews to ensure hiring the candidate that best fits your team?

    Most of us have read articles on how to interview, researched questions that might be asked of us, and tried to get ourselves prepared for what to expect on the big interview day.  All of this preparation is for our time as an interviewee, but what if you are the InterviewER?  Do you know what to do to make the interview process more productive for you?  Here are nine steps to ensure hiring the candidate that best fits your team.   1)   Work with your human resources...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Human Resources on July 2, 2012

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    July 1, 2012

    Drive Your Team With One Simple Tool

    Learn How Action Oriented Team Management Can Drive Timely Results.

    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 Dan WoodsPosted in Management on July 1, 2012

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    June 28, 2012

    Six Actions to Take When Starting Your New Job

    You got the job…now what?

    Getting hired was just the first step.  Now you are walking into your new position and need to hit the ground running.  You want to learn as much as possible, as fast as possible…how do you do that?  Here are six actions you can take to excel quickly in your new role.   Keep a daily journal. At the end of each day take 20-30 minutes to write down what you learned about the business, the processes, the job expectations, the people you met and the interactions you will need with...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in New Employee, Promotion on June 28, 2012

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    June 28, 2012

    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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    June 26, 2012

    Management Tactics to Improve Pro-Activity

    How do you inspire your employees to do more?

    You want your employees to move faster, do more, follow-up on opportunities and complete action items, but how can you inspire them to do it on their own?  If you are tired of getting month end reports without any substance and want your employees to generate results on a daily basis, here is an essential management tactic you can use to improve your employee’s pro-activity.   Get ready for it….it is shockingly simple…your commitment to it is the only thing necessary to...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Management on June 26, 2012

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    June 24, 2012

    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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    June 21, 2012

    Understand The Role You Play In Leadership

    Do you always know which decision is the right decision?

    A True Leader Knows There Is No Right Answer….and finds strength in that. There are many traits that define leadership, but one that stands out is the ability to know there is no right way of doing something.  When at a crossroads with a choice of going straight, left, right, staying put or turning around…how do you make that decision?  Do you see all of your options?  Do you get overwhelmed? Is one choice better than the other?  Is one right and are the others...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 21, 2012

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    June 20, 2012

    The Benefits of Team Building and Offsite Meetings

    Is your conference room the right place for team building?

    It is human nature to have a positive correlation between an individual’s motivation and their productivity.   Taking it a step further, a group of motivated individuals can make a productive & creative team which can build better strategies, collaborate better for smoother implementations, develop more innovative products and services and participate in a better work life balance because the stress of everyone out for themselves diminishes.   So how do you motivate your team...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 20, 2012

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    June 20, 2012

    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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    June 18, 2012

    Learn to Speed Read in Three Easy Steps

    How do you use information to stay competitive?

      As professionals, we are inundated daily with information: E-mails, reports, news, blogs, social media…the list goes on and on.  Those who are able to efficiently digest, assimilate and utilize the vast flow of information find themselves ahead of their peers and more competitive no matter what industry or function they work in.  So how do you use information to stay competitive?  You can learn to speed read your way to useful information and a competitive...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Professional Development on June 18, 2012

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