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Lisa Woods

By Lisa Woods (1174 words)
Posted in Business Management on July 20, 2013

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Lisa Woods






With more than 20 years experience leading, managing and driving growth in the corporate world, today Lisa utilizes her experience with integration techniques, organizational and cultural overhauls, financial turnarounds and strategic revitalization to help other companies succeed.  


"I partner with business leaders to understand their vision, identify internal and external roadblocks, define a practical strategic path forward and guide a successful transformation."

In addition to her work as a strategic consultant, and adjunct instructor for Southern New Hampshire Univerity, she is the founder of ManagingAmericans.com, a popular online professional development resource for Managers and Leaders utilized by over 350k followers. Here she brings together a select group of 30+ thought leaders who share her vision of educating organizations to become more profitable & successful from the ground up.



  • President & General Manager, Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, a $250M division of Saint-Gobain Corporation, one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world & world leader in the habitat and construction markets.

  • Director Global Sales & Marketing Saint-Gobain Composites

  • Market Development Manager, Industrial Products, Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics

  • Director Marketing & Inside Sales, Caplugs Division, Protective Closures/Mark IV Industries

  • Marketing Manager, Flexovit Abrasives



BA in Corporate Communication & Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Canisius College




4 Essential Skills for Leaders, Managers & High Potentials


A practical workbook and self-assessment for individual and team development focused on developing Leadership, Management, Job Performance and Communication Skills.  All focused on improving accountability and results.

Action Item List: Drive Your Team With One Simple Tool


This book defines a very simple process to help transform your team’s culture from excuses, into a proactive, action-oriented machine.

The Cross Functional Business: Beyond Teams


The Cross Functional Business is a book about building the mindset of an organization through constructive dialog that drives innovation, accountability and growth company-wide. It’s a teambuilding exercise, a communication exercise, a goal setting exercise, as well as a tool for career growth. Best of all…it’s simple to understand and easy to implement. 


Small Business Planning Made Simple: What To Consider Before You Invest


There are 15 Business Plan Components described in the book to guide business owners through the thinking process to develop each part of the plan so you can logically and effectively build your own working machine. We include examples, as well as explain how to use the information to make important decisions about the feasibility of dream.





"I had the privilege to be a plant manager and work under her leadership when Lisa Woods came to Saint Gobain Technical Fabrics as the President and General Manager. Lisa brought a distinct and well defined strategy for improved success to our business' bottom line. She was able to accomplish this because Lisa possesses the natural ability to enter a business, grasp its intricacies in a short amount of time, get to the root cause of the challenge and fix the situation by using her business acumen and empowering those around her to work toward a common goal. Lisa is diligent in performing her tasks and responsibilities in a way that is contagious to those around her. As a true leader, Lisa has many positive qualities but the most admirable in my mind is her ability to be determined and strong minded in her decision making yet be kind and compassionate to those around her."

Kevin Ayers, Supply Chain Manager at Arizona Chemical


"Lisa is a talented business leader who has worked across multiple cultures all around the world. She understands how to accomplish significant business issues impacting results, while being a strong and well respected leader that employees rally around.  I had the great fortune to work with Lisa over a six year period in two different businesses, during that time she consistently demonstrated an innate ability to quickly diagnose and assess the key gaps in the business and put action plans in place to address those weaknesses.  As an example, Lisa restructured and redefined a global sales network to better address market needs realigning the focus from an internal product orientation, in turn this led to growth opportunities with the development of products better suited to the marketplace.  Lisa brings an arsenal of skills to the game of business and sets the bar to which others aspire."

Phil Harmon, COO Carter Mario Injury Lawyers


"I have had the unique opportunity to work both with and for Lisa on multiple turnaround and refocusing projects within a Global Fortune 200 company. In each case Lisa brought an uncanny ability to quickly understand the business, define the critical elements needed refocus the business and set defined milestones to achieve the desired results. Lisa's strong leadership skills quickly organized and motivated her team to deliver outstanding results."

William Dubay, Interim Director of Operations for the Curran Company


"I worked with Lisa at Saint Gobain Technical Fabrics where I had the opportunity to interact with her to formulate and evaluate the strategy for Latin America, the region I was responsible for. She has a lot of energy and knows how to identify the relevant points of a business strategy. She helped me to create effective and successful sales plans by connecting the Division´s resources and objectives with my region needs. Because I was far from the headquarters I always count on her to have updated information about strategy, processes and product innovation. Besides her business acumen it was her vision and willingness to listen that brought the best results in the time we worked together."

Benvenuto Casati, Logistics Planning Manager at Odebrecht Agro


"As President of Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, Lisa was responsible for all company functions including Production, Sales, Marketing, and Finance.  With 7 manufacturing facilities spread throughout North America, all with unique capabilities, part of Lisa’s expertise was her ability to very quickly and effectively understand and diagnose the issues around the business.  Lisa was able to not only set the overall strategy of the company but also implement practical, day to day tactics to ensure the strategic goals were met. She spearheaded an overhaul of our Marketing program as she understood our market position and how to best leverage our assets.  She was able to distill this into a crystalized message that resonated with potential customers.  As a Sales leader she was an extremely motivating force to the sales team and personally acted as a mentor to me as my career progressed.  Lisa is a true professional with the capacity to quickly understand and turn around an organization."

Ken Hammond, V.P. Sales US ergoCentric Seating Systems



Comments (3)

Robin posted on: August 7, 2013

Hi Lisa,

Excellent article on actions and very aligned to our thinking at Bridges Business Consultancy Int, Singapore.

We have just launched the Implementation Hub - Your Portal To Strategy Implementation Success

The Hub provides leaders with a reference centre for expert materials on implementing strategy including case studies, templates, videos, best practices, audits and other resources.

- www.implementation-hub.com/

Please let me know if you would like to publish the article on the Implementation Hub and/or contribute something else.

Lisa Woods posted on: August 7, 2013

Thank you Robin. I appreciate your feedback! Please send me an email with the details. info@mangingamericans.com

J.W.. Wachtendorf posted on: August 12, 2013

Hello Mrs. Woods

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