Lisa Jo Rudy
Writer and Consultant
Lisa Jo Rudy has been a professional writer for more than two decades. She writes for businesses and non-profits, and has taught and written on topics ranging from accountability to zoo collections.
  • Business
    Is Your Project Worth the Risk?4 preview risk analysis
    Risk analysis asks the question: what are the risks we face if we move forward with this project? To answer that question, you need to conduct a risk analysis, craft a risk matrix, and construct a risk management plan. Here are the tools to make that happen.Read More…
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    Can We Really Do It? How to Conduct a TELOS Feasibility Study 3 preview telos feasibility study
    The project is exciting—and it has the potential to make your business a lot of money. But can you really pull it off? A TELOS feasibility study helps you analyze the Technological, Economic, Legal, Organizational, and Scheduling challenges ahead. Once you've completed a TELOS analysis, you'll know for sure if you're in over your head or on target to move forward!Read More…
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    What If? Tools for Analyzing Possible Management OutcomesPreview what if decisions
    What if we started our project in April? How might things be different if we launched in December? Would the project work if we had a minimal budget? How might outcomes change if more or fewer people were assigned to the project? Learn how to think through and envision a base case, best case, and worst case scenario for different approaches to your work.Read More…
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    Getting Started With Go/No-Go Decision MakingPreview start go no go decision making
    You have all the pieces ready to go, but is this the right project at the right time? Learn about the questions to ask before giving the nod to a project, and discover tools such as the go/no-go decision matrix that can help you anticipate the consequences of moving forward (or not).Read More…
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    Solve 80% of Your Problems With Pareto Analysis4 preview pareto analysis
    It is a rule of thumb that 20 percent of causes create 80 percent of problems. If you want to remove roadblocks to your team’s success, then, it’s important to identify those causes that are standing in the way of a terrific outcome. Pareto analysis is a tool for doing just that. You’ll start by using Cause and Effect and Five Why’s analysis to brainstorm candidate problems, and then analyze the outcomes of those problems. When you’re done, you’ll know which issues are most significant for your group—and which to prioritize for optimum outcomes.Read More…
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    Uncover Deep-Rooted Business Problems With Five Whys3 preview root cause five whys
    Why does your team consistently fail to meet its monthly goals? One answer might be “because we’re unmotivated.” But that answer doesn’t help you, as a manager, to address and fix the problem. The five why’s approach (asking the question “why?” five times strategically to determine a root cause of a problem) drills deep into root causes to help you identify underlying issues that are impacting your team’s morale and/or outcomes.Read More…
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    Get Started With Cause and Effect Analysis Using a Fishbone Chart2 preview cause effect fishbone
    Determine the causes of a problem, or chart the best route to a goal using this standard Six Sigma technique. There are four steps involved with cause and effect analysis. They include identification of the problem or goal, brainstorming, analysis, and development of an action plan. Learn how to use a fishbone chart to develop an action plan to resolve a problem or move forward with a new project.Read More…
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    Solve Management Problems With Root Cause Analysis1 preview posts root cause analysis solve
    Your team missed a deadline. Again. Why did it happen? How can we avoid the problem in the future? Root cause analysis comprises a number of methods and tools for unearthing underlying problems, developing a plan to address them, and managing the chaos that can erupt when too many details bog down the system.Read More…
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    The Strategic Guide to Managing Difficult Employees3 coaching preview
    If you're a manger, you're in charge of a team of people. Some people you like more, and some you like less. Some are eager to please, others can't wait to catch you making a mistake, and still others see undermining their team members as a sport. How can you possibly coach or even work with a team member who is actually hostile or negative? Here are tips for conflict resolution and team building that will help you handle even the toughest employee relationship.Read More…
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    Feedback for Managers: How to Give it, How to Get It2 feedback preview
    You may have been promoted from within a team, but as a team manager you're not just a buddy, you're a teacher, motivator, disciplinarian, and spokesperson. It will be your job to tell your team members what they're doing well or poorly, how to improve performance, and how to better represent themselves in the larger community. Here are strategies on how to give (and take) feedback in a constructive and positive manner—making you a more effective manager.Read More…
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    7 Key Tools for Coaching Your Management Team1 tools preview
    In order to be a good coach to your team, you need to understand what coaching is all about. No, it's not a matter of taking over when a team member fails. Instead, it's all about building the right environment, goals, support, motivations, and failsafe systems to help your team members succeed.Read More…
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    Defining the Organizational Structure of Your BusinessPreview image
    The best business structure may not be the most popular. It may even be a combination of multiple structural ideas that meet your company's unique needs.Read More…