Steve Wood

About Steve Wood

Steve Wood is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Work Opportunities Unlimited Inc. In addition, Steve provides strategic planning and organizational development consulting services to clients. Prior to joining the company, Steve spent 17 years in the banking industry where he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer. He consulted with entrepreneurs and managers in the areas of strategic planning and organizational development at a range of businesses throughout New England. Steve was a member of the adjunct faculty team at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) from 1994 to 2014. He taught Leadership and Managing Organizational Change regularly at both the graduate and undergraduate level and periodically taught Strategic Management, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and other management courses. He also served on the University’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

What Can Happen When You Take One Step Back

WMUR TV - Dean Kamen Advice to Graduates Last night I watched a wonderful program on WMUR Television called Celebrating New Hampshire’s Class of 2020. One of the inspirational speakers was Dean Kamen, a New Hampshire inventor who created the Segway. Kamen is known to many New Hampshire high school students because he is the creative force behind FIRST, a fun robotics and science program for high school students. Kamen opened his talk standing next to a clock he specially designed as a trophy to the winning FIRST Team. The clock is not an ordinary clock. He has [...]

By |2020-06-11T19:13:02-04:00June 11th, 2020|Entrepreneurship / Innovation|

What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Us

J.K. Rowling Photo by Daniel Ogren Sometimes our search for who we are is just plain entertaining. Because of my vintage, I’m sure it won’t surprise you that until recently I knew nothing about Harry Potter. I knew the author J.K. Rowling was a billionaire and that her Harry Potter franchise was huge. But that was it. Then I listened to a Hidden Brain podcast with Shankar Vedantam about sorting hats and personality tests, and I got sucked into the Harry Potter vacuum. A few days after I heard this podcast I actually watched Harry Potter and the [...]

By |2020-05-14T15:38:51-04:00May 14th, 2020|Hiring & Team Composition, Learning Styles & Skills|

The Funny Success of Zoom

Photo by Gabriel Benois Every day in April 2020 over 300 million of us are using Zoom to communicate with others in our lives. And, when you think about it, almost every day something funny happens on Zoom. I’ll share a few of my favorites in a minute, but, first, let’s look at the history of Zoom. Zoom Founded by Eric Yuan. In 1987 Eric Yuan was a college student in China. He first toyed with the idea for internet video while on 10-hour train rides between college and his home, where his girlfriend lived. Eric Yuan [...]

By |2020-04-24T17:10:26-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Business, Entrepreneurship / Innovation, Uncategorized|

Three Positive Thoughts on This Birthday

Photo by Jamie Street Like all of you, I have been a little distracted over these last weeks. Since today is my birthday (And, no, I'm not begging for well-wishes, although it might look that way!) I thought I would share three positive and fun thoughts. Most importantly I am grateful my family is healthy and that my wife, Patti, has been such a wonderful support over these weeks. And here are three other positive thoughts. First Positive Thought – Appreciating My Friends. Some of you have heard or read this story before, but these days it seems [...]

By |2020-04-09T13:06:57-04:00April 9th, 2020|Business, General|

Do You Energize Your Team?

This week I have asked 10 people younger than 50 if they knew who Jack Welch was and only one person knew. And this one person only knew because she “saw something on television” that he died. If you are over 50 and took any business courses I’m sure you know who Jack Welch was. Welch, who died this week at 85, was the former President of General Electric (GE). Welch, an engineer by training, was best known to some of us for his innovative management and leadership practices that continue to be used globally today. 4Es of Leadership. My [...]

By |2020-03-09T09:27:35-04:00March 5th, 2020|Leadership, Leadership Lessons|

Lie Detection – You Aren’t As Good as You Think

Photo by Beliaikin When I went into banking out of college in the mid-1970s I was trained on how to make loans. I remember my boss saying something like, “You look like a trusting young man, Steve, and you are going to want to believe everything people tell you - but don’t. While most people will look like they are telling you the truth and they are, other folks will look like they are telling you the truth, but they aren’t. Don’t base a loan decision on how someone appears, deceptive faces are not obvious.” He told me [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:28:12-05:00February 27th, 2020|Books, Just Plain Interesting|

A Gratitude Lesson from The Fonz

Today many of us are just speechless. We are tired of all the bullying, name-calling, and rancor. Most of us are kind humans just trying to get through the week. And then something wonderful happens and you just feel better. Yesterday morning, for example, Patti and I received the most wonderful note from an 80-year-old woman in our Church showing gratitude to us personally for all the ways we both quietly help our Church family flourish. We were both speechless. Then, I happened to re-listen to Henry Winkler’s wonderful segment on Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.  Winkler, whose Jewish parents [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:30:02-05:00February 6th, 2020|Change Leadership|

Sir Elton John – Why a Leader’s Life is Worth Changing

Once in awhile, I realize what a quiet and uneventful life I lead. That happened recently when I finished Elton John’s new autobiography, Me. I have long been a fan and so I was curious to learn about his life. I was especially interested to learn about his temperamental side and how he turned his life around and became a leader in the world’s battle with AIDS. Photo - Taron Egerton Before I share a few, brief interesting takeaways, I must urge you to listen to the audiobook rather than read it. While Elton does read the opening [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:33:58-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Books, Just Plain Interesting|

To Collaborate Think “Outward” – 6 Skills

What makes for effective collaboration? I pondered this question while reading Elton John’s new autobiography, Me, and seeing how he worked on hundreds of collaborations. I also re-read an article on how Pixar got started and the incredible collaboration required when they made their first full-length movie, Toy Story, in 1994. These stories made me curious about effective collaboration and here are two resources I discovered that deepened my understanding. Six Skills Needed to Think "Outward." In a recent Harvard Business Review article called Cracking the Code of Sustained Collaboration, Professor Francesca Gino, shares her research into collaboration at Pixar [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:39:55-05:00January 9th, 2020|Team Leadership / Teamwork, Teams & Culture|

Millennials Love Spending Money on Pets  

When I saw our dog, Nico, looking at me helplessly before a recent cold spell, I knew what he was thinking - “Give me a break! Can’t you buy better things with your money, like toys?” I told him, “I agree, Nico, why do we spend so much on stupid stuff for our pets?” While I think there are some interesting psychological reasons for what we do, I was equally curious about the pet market itself, which continues to be one of the strongest growth retail segments in the United States. Here are some fun and interesting things I learned [...]

By |2020-03-05T13:36:21-05:00December 20th, 2019|Business, General|