Management and Leadership Resume Verbs

abandoned
Example: Abandoned “preferred” products that yielded negligible returns in favor of innovative items that yielded three times the margin.

abated
Example: Abated onerous regulatory fees by addressing situations before they escalated to injunctions and fines.

accelerated
Example: Accelerated pilot study time, enabling company to bring new product to market before competitor.

allayed
Example: Allayed employee concerns about pending merger.

alleviated
Example: Alleviated pressures caused by temporary staffing shortages by implementing a comprehensive cross-training program.

amassed
Example: Amassed a formidable team that represented some of the industry’s top talent.

anticipated
Example: Anticipated industry trends through analysis of economic and business data.

appraised
Example: Appraised situation, considering enterprise-wide impacts on operations and customer satisfaction.

approached
Example: Approached by company to rectify underperforming operation.

appropriated
Example: Appropriated resources for a much-needed employee-appreciation program.

assembled
Example: Assembled a cohesive team of licensed professional staff and technicians.

blocked
Example: Blocked an attempt by major competitor to court company’s key accounts.

bundled
Example: Bundled services to gain greater returns.

charged
Example: Charged with reversing downward spiral in sales.

charted
Example: Charted new course for company.

commanded
Example: Commanded highly skilled technical team of Ph.D. scientists engaged in biogenetic research.

commended
Example: Commended team efforts and individual contributions in company newsletter.

commissioned
Example: Commissioned with task of launching new digital PCS operation.

complemented
Example: Complemented sales of ABC product with creation of unique add-on service.

conceived
Example: Conceived idea for marketing partnership with popular radio station and regional shopping mall.

conducted
Example: Conducted financial, legal, and business affairs of organization.

conferred
Example: Conferred with industry analysts.

considered
Example: Considered and encouraged input from all levels of the organization.

consolidated
Example: Consolidated production lines from three locations.

constructed
Example: Constructed new production facility, business offices, and showroom.

consulted
Example: Consulted with purchasing managers and decision makers throughout sales cycle to ensure purchases would solve specific customer needs.

contracted
Example: Contracted with raw materials suppliers at savings of 20 percent.

converted
Example: Converted company from manual operation to paperless system.

dealt
Example: Dealt with complex issues affecting sales and customer satisfaction.

delivered
Example: Delivered above-average returns.

designed
Example: Designed an innovative and well-received employee review system.

determined
Example: Determined pricing structure based on market research and economic projections.

developed
Example: Developed inexperienced employees into solid performers.

devised
Example: Devised “boutique customer-service” program to counter megaretailer’s entry into market.

directed
Example: Directed 17-member staff in finance, information systems, customer service, and sales functions.

empowered
Example: Empowered employees through information access and shared decision-making protocol.

ended
Example: Ended a four-year term of negative earnings.

established
Example: Established infrastructure for new organization, developing human resources, accounting, information systems, and service departments in four weeks.

evaluated
Example: Evaluated staff performance and provided development plans to promote employee career growth.

exchanged
Example: Exchanged ideas, challenges, and encouragement in a group of select business leaders from various disciplines.

expanded
Example: Expanded operation to maximum capacity.

experienced
Example: Experienced in full range of project management, from concept through completion.

experimented
Example: Experimented with alternative distribution sources, one of which enabled product to reach market two weeks faster than normal.

found
Example: Found new vendors through Internet searches.

framed
Example: Framed plans for spin-off subsidiary to stabilize sales in slow winter months.

headed
Example: Headed task force that reengineered warehousing and distribution functions.

included
Example: Included personnel in planning and decision-making process.

influenced
Example: Influenced decision makers to fund pilot tests for experimental products.

initiated
Example: Initiated company’s entry into the public-works sector, a volatile yet highly lucrative market.

inspired
Example: Inspired employees by modeling leadership and responsibility in work and community commitments.

instilled
Example: Instilled new sense of direction to old-line company with floundering sales.

instituted
Example: Instituted program to reward employees for suggesting ideas that were accepted for companywide implementation.

invited
Example: Invited employee participation in reengineering process.

issued
Example: Issued corporate directives for aggressive business-development initiative.

joined
Example: Joined forces with allied agencies for unique private-public sector partnership.

knitted
Example: Knitted together a unique team representing broad government, media, business, and education segments of community.

led
Example: Led small, private company through volatile period associated with competition from well-financed national rival.

lessened
Example: Lessened impact of critical patent expiration by issuing competitive pricing initiative and exploring broader market imponent as focus for new business development.

listened
Example: Listened to employee suggestions for improving systems; implemented several proposals that improved productivity and earned handsome bonuses for employees.

looked
Example: Looked for new methods to boost productivity.

managed
Example: Managed full scope of operations.

mandated
Example: Mandated intensive employee development and advancement program.

maneuvered
Example: Maneuvered organization through cumber-some regulatory changes.

merged
Example: Merged disparate operational systems into cohesive program.

merited
Example: Merited the attention of corporate headquarters for improvements in all performance areas.

mobilized
Example: Mobilized cross-functional work teams to service new customer that virtually doubled revenue for company.

modeled
Example: Modeled leadership through hands-on involvement in business operations and promotion of new open-door policy.

motivated
Example: Motivated distributor network to promote company product line as priority product.

mounted
Example: Mounted aggressive campaign to counter competition from megaretailer.

narrowed
Example: Narrowed gap between dominant market-share leader.

navigated
Example: Navigated course to enable company to comply with complex set of new environmental restrictions.

overcame
Example: Overcame inherited problem associated with open order file approaching $8 million with 80 percent back orders—within nine weeks, reduced file to $2.5 million with 25 percent back orders.

paced
Example: Paced implementation phases to sustain aggressive growth, projected to continue at an annual rate of 36 percent for the next five years.

pepped
Example: Pepped up the production of an experienced workforce by providing innovative time-off-for-performance and pension-plan incentives.

piloted
Example: Piloted program that enabled new products to clear research and development phase in nearly half the time.

planned
Example: Planned six-month, one-year, and five-year goals for operation.

pointed
Example: Pointed mailroom department in new direction, transitioning it from a process orientation to an internal customer-service focus.

presided
Example: Presided over monthly unit meetings.

profited
Example: Profited from new export program that generated a 40-percent return.

pruned
Example: Pruned several middle-management layers from old-line company on verge of bankruptcy.

pushed
Example: Pushed company toward Internet marketing while electronic commerce was in its infancy—early entry positioned company as a primary resource for information, as well as products and services.

raised
Example: Raised expectations for all levels of employees and provided aggressive staff-development program that equipped employees with tools to excel.

rallied
Example: Rallied employees after unexpected death of company’s respected founder and chief executive officer.

recruited
Example: Recruited talented team of engineers, researchers, and technical staff.

rectified
Example: Rectified organizational issues affecting order turnaround.

redirected
Example: Redirected efforts of sales team to focus on high-net, repeat sales.

reengineered
Example: Reengineered business units enterprise-wide.

replaced
Example: Replaced disparate data systems with relational databases.

retained
Example: Retained talented, committed employees who helped boost productivity more than 25 percent.

returned
Example: Returned operation to profitable status in just six months.

reversed
Example: Reversed downward spiral for sales and market share.

revitalized
Example: Revitalized stagnant operation with total quality improvement program.

rewarded
Example: Rewarded employee contributions with point system that applied toward salary bonus.

seized
Example: Seized market opportunity available with growing Pacific Rim demand for California agricultural products.

shaped
Example: Shaped new lending policy that reduced financial institution’s risk exposure.

sponsored
Example: Sponsored nonprofit event to increase community name recognition.

steered
Example: Steered management team through six months of negotiations, ultimately landing competitive contract with major manufacturer.

stimulated
Example: Stimulated sales of XYZ line, a lucrative but difficult-to-sell product that had been virtually ignored in past years.

supervised
Example: Supervised business managers in inventory, sales, and service units.

tagged
Example: Tagged by president to cross disciplinary lines and tackle IT/IS issues that had been handicapping business-support systems.

tied
Example: Tied employee compensation and advancement to definable performance standards.

took
Example: Took reins of six-month-old company foundering for lack of management expertise and marketing savvy.

transformed
Example: Transformed facility from production line operation to “cross-pollinated” work groups, boosting employee productivity, collaboration, and creativity.

turned
Example: Turned negative newspaper article about the industry into an opportunity to communicate with customers; countered press report with “success stories” and offered discount coupon that boosted monthly sales, as well as customer goodwill.

undertook
Example: Undertook an employee-driven cleanup program that dealt with a recurring graffiti problem.

unified
Example: Unified employee commitment and loyalty to company through a comprehensive employee-assistance program.

united
Example: United newly acquired branches with divergent systems and cultures into a cohesive regional operation.

upheld
Example: Upheld workplace values and promoted mission statement of benefiting both investors and customers.

valued
Example: Valued input from all levels of organization.

viewed
Example: Viewed challenges as opportunities.

weathered
Example: Weathered challenging economic and industry conditions, earning company ranking among top three widget companies in the state for the past 15 years.

withstood
Example: Withstood onslaught of competition by well-financed, multinational companies.

wove
Example: Wove societal and environmental values into management philosophy.

yoked
Example: Yoked with talented management team, collaborating on a variety of successful planning, technical, and operations projects.