December, 2011

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Are You Making These 7 Productivity Mistakes?

Dumb Little Man

You want to get things done. You're keen to be efficient and effective. Productivity" is your favorite word – and you're working really hard at it.

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Women On Top

The Small Business Blog

Women On Top London Calling As you all know my collaborator in writing the ‘funniest’ book on enterprise, ‘Stripping for Freedom’, (available from Amazon ) is the very unfunny Tony Robinson OBE. Robinson is my utterly incompetent UK agent. From time to time I visit him to check he hasn’t destroyed my livelihood and life …

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End Your Multitasking Addiction in 30 Seconds

On The Job

I'll admit I multitask. Not all the time, but sometimes. Care to test that theory? Record your time. Record your time. Break bad habits.

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Why You Should Never Write Like You Talk

Men With Pens

The worst piece of writing advice I ever heard was to write the way I talk. The next time you have a conversation, listen to yourself. Except we do.

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years I’ve changed employers a number of times and so have had to face quite a few interviews. After finishing university in 2003 I was lucky because there were plenty of jobs available in London. went for one interview at a global accountancy firm and had a full-time permanent role as a team administrator straight away.

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What a Rapper Can Teach You About Finding a Job

On The Job

There are some days when I think I possibly have the coolest job in the world. Now, does that make my job cool or what? Here's the story. Enter "Timid."

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Is It Time to Clean Up Your Tribe?

Men With Pens

This quote has been stalking me for weeks now: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” - Jim Rohn. It gets me.

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Top 5 Small Business Tips for the New Year

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Look at your competitors and see how their product offering has changed over the course of the year and examine what they’ve done right and wrong. 2. Try to get the year off to…

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5 Steps For Success in the New Year

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. A New Year is upon us, and with it come opportunities for change and growth in ourselves and our businesses. The past year has been challenging in many ways, with continued economic upheaval as a dominant theme in the national news, and many small business owners struggling to stay afloat. Set reasonable goals.

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Whose Goals Are You Really Chasing?

Dumb Little Man

Do you have a big goal for the next year – or perhaps a three-year or five-year plan? You may want to write them down. Whose goals are these? Goals

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So Tell Me, What Are Your Weaknesses?

Job Advice Blog

This is one of the most dreaded interview questions, but if you understand the reason interviewers ask it and what they’re looking to uncover, you’ll see that you can certainly prepare for it. The question about your weaknesses comes fairly soon after the interview begins and typically after such a question as, What are your [.].

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7 Ways to Stay Sane During the Holidays

On The Job

I carry a list in my purse that if lost, would mean the end of my sanity. But I know I'm making a mistake. Not this year. Tell yourself "even if."

What Hunter S. Thompson Can Teach You About Powerful Writing

Men With Pens

Hunter S. He was a brilliant, ingenious, erratic writer – fearless, twisted, passionate, and slightly wicked. Steal From Your Heroes. Hunter S.

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Five Ways Flexible Working Can Boost Productivity

The Small Business Blog

Research and case studies show that flexible working can increase people’s productivity. Flexible working ensures people are on top form and have the scope to put in the best work, when it matters most. General improvements in mood and health also means less days lost to absenteeism.

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WordPress 3.3 is here

Eco-Office Gals

It’s that time again – A Fresh roll out from WordPress has been released! Some of the features include: Easier Uploading. Dashboard Design.

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6 Ways to Start Your Day Off on a High Note

Dumb Little Man

I’m an early riser and I have been most of my life. But for the first part of my life, my mornings used to be a bit chaotic. Photo Credit: Tobyotter.

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To Be CEO – Let Go!

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. You are a successful Virtual Assistant with a thriving business. You have a highly-skilled, competent team in place. Then, why are you still holding on to a certain client, or administrative tasks, when you could be using your time to grow your business and claim your post as CEO? ” Fear of letting go is a control issue.

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2012 Is a Time for Success!

Office Dynamics

As this years winds down to a close I wanted to share some thoughts with you. Did you know that opportunity comes to everyone? People often handle life as they do bad weather. They while away the time waiting for it to stop. Opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. The race is not to the swift of the battle to the strong.

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New Manager’s Survival Guide: 8 Manager Mistakes to Avoid

Productivity Bits

W hen you step into your first management position, it can be quite a challenge. You’re worried about how others will perceive you as a leader, and you want to be an effective leader who does the job well. Even if you’ve been a manager for years, you may have these same concerns when you first begin at a new company. Taking Too Much Control.

Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Business Hiring Mistakes

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Be aware that just because a candidate looks good on paper, it doesn’t mean they will be suitable in practice. Consider a structured assessment test to see if their skills meet your expectations. 2 …

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Favorite Books on Productivity and Business Growth

Productive & Organized

asked my expert panel: To be productive means to be in a position where you have the quality or power of producing especially in abundance. No Excuses!

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How to Lose Weight. By Snacking

Dumb Little Man

Many people make this mistake of thinking that they can't snack at all if they're trying to eat healthily or lose weight. They're also heart-healthy.

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Last Minute Tips to Generate Business During the Holidays

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is generally accepted as “down time” But, your business doesn’t have to lose momentum because folks are sipping eggnog and opening gifts. Have an end-of-season sale. Offer a limited-time-only discount on products and/or services if they sign up by December 31.

Words of Advice on Life

Office Dynamics

Here are some more wonderful words of wisdom. DO NOT GIVE UP! Never give up fighting for what you believe in. God is able to do anything – far above all that you can ask or think. Keep praying and believing. Listen to your inner voice (“higher power”, “soul”) and trust it…because spirit is true and ego is false. Your soul won’t steer you wrong.

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AP StyleGuard and the Death of Editing

Daily Writing Tips

Thanks to a new software program called AP StyleGuard, human intervention in improvement of written content is no longer necessary. All editors, please clean out your desks and report to Human Resources for your exit interview in five minutes; HR staff will provide information about career-change counseling on request. Do I use spell-checking?

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Mirror Mirror on the wall…’tis the season to reflect

The Small Business Blog

I have often been quoted as saying you need more than just a good idea to get a business off the ground.  I’m sure over the festive season many people taking a rest from work will be hearing the cogs whizzing as they take some time out to ponder on a new business idea, and…

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A Post Holiday Thank You!

Eco-Office Gals

I’ve been quiet over the holidays. Trying to keep up with work, holidays and life in general has been overwhelming. Thank you Kristen!

Trying to Improve Your Willpower is a HUGE Mistake - Here's What to Do Instead

Dumb Little Man

When we're failing to reach our goals, we often blame a lack of willpower: I've gotta try harder. If only I could stay focused. Build a habit.

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The REAL Cost of Not Having a Business Plan

Office Organization Success

And it is this lack of planning and being clear on your goals that causes so many small businesses to fail. Don’t know how to set up a product launch.

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What is the best way to handle and minimize office gossip?

Office Dynamics

by ALICE BUMGARNER, MODERATOR on NOVEMBER 11, 2011 11:48AM. in ADMIN PRO FORUM. Question: “I work in a small organization and often say that I find out things about myself from co-workers before I even know them! have stopped socializing after work hours, especially when alcohol is involved, because of the rampant gossip of co-workers.

5 More Tips for Cleaning Up Your Writing Right Now

Daily Writing Tips

Last week, I offered some simple advice for immediately improving your prose , including suggestions having to do with punctuation, capitalization, and the like. Here are more recommendations, this time dealing with more qualitative issues: 1. You can also play with words, referring to an especially distraught drama queen as a trauma queen. 2.

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Top 5 Small Business Xmas Tips

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. Use the Xmas period as an excellent excuse to conduct marketing activities. Contact all of the people who have purchased from you in the past. 2. Prepare for the festive season well in advance …

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How to Choose a Career Coach

Job Advice Blog

I am a practicing career coach, and at every year-end, I summarize my annual accomplishments as measured by how many people I helped and what percentage of them landed. In practicing Six Sigma principles in my career coaching, one of the ones I especially take to heart is CIP, which stands for Continuous Improvement Process. [.].

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Alternative Legal Structures for Social Entrepreneurs

Small Business Labs

Social entrepreneurs create organizations that operate like a business, but with a social mission.  It's an exciting, growing field and a key reason the non-profit sector managed to grow through the Great Recession.     Because of the legalities involved, I'm referring you to the article for more details. 

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