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8 Lies You’ve Been Told About Following Your Passion

Dumb Little Man

Are you doing what you truly want to do? Are you following your passion to the best of your ability? In fact, often the opposite is true. That’s life.

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Is Going Public Obsolete?

Small Business Labs

  This is cutting their profitability, reducing their ability to go public.   As the graph below shows, the number of U.S.

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6 Ways to Become a More Independent Thinker at Work

On The Job

One of the reasons I went into journalism was because I didn't want to rely on someone else to tell me the facts of a situation. the boss asks.

2012 58

Week 1 #Cinchpiration

Eco-Office Gals

I told you I was part of the #Cinchpiration Team of 50 woman across the blogosphere about 2 weeks ago. So far everything tastes pretty good. KIDDING!

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How To Be Smart

Dumb Little Man

Too many people think that intelligence is a gift of nature and that there is little anyone can do to improve theirs. It is not.

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7 Rules of Listening, Really Listening

Dumb Little Man

A few days ago, I got a message from one of my best friends. She asked if we could meet and maybe have a little chat. didn’t hesitate and said yes. It was great way to catch up. When we saw each other inside the quiet little café we agreed on, she immediately went onto a sort of rant right after the usual pleasantries.

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Getting back to the basics of effective customer service

Service Untitled

Might we just build trust and more satisfied customers by getting back to basics, and using  proven methods of success? Can you think win-win ?

An Assistant's Top 5 Tips for Managing Tasks and Priorities

Office Dynamics

I have several tips I can offer on this subject, but here are the top 5. FOCUS! This is the most important of all 5. Ask others for specific deadlines.

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How To Sell Like a Life Insurance Salesman (Warning: Explicit Content)

Men With Pens

Regular readers of Men with Pens will recall a recent blog post on  Icky Sales. In fact, I routinely break every rule of traditional sales.

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Virtual Assistant or Personal Assistant? What do you think?

Productive & Organized

The other day I received a question in my group: I'd like to consider virtual assistants or maybe a personal assistant. What have you done?

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If You Want Your Business To Fail ….

The Small Business Blog

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What’s Missing from Your Editorial Process?

Daily Writing Tips

No one standard specific routine exists for optimizing the quality of written material, but various models have some procedures in common that are, with adjustments, appropriate to any context and any type of content. The writer produces an initial draft and reworks it until it seems satisfactory for the writer’s purposes. Freelance Writing

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Crowdsourcing as a Business Solution

Small Business CEO

Crowdsourcing is a relatively new platform which can be used to accomplish a great deal of work that used to be costly and time-consuming to complete.

2012 22

5 Things to Do When You Loathe Your New Job

On The Job

Go on. It’s time to admit it. You hate your new job. Still, you accepted the job. Or do you? Could you just quit the job? So soon?

How Do You Build A Solid Powerhouse Kick-Butt Team? What do you think?

Productive & Organized

I'm fortunate to work with amazing people that are doing rock star work with their clients.  The work got done and he ultimately paid less. 

2012 21

15 Principles of Business Game Design for team-based learning


I develop custom business games for team-based experiential learning workshops which usually have a significant computer element. Business Simulation

The Rise of Artisan Distillers

Small Business Labs

The broader food movement, and in particular the local food movement (referred to as the locavore movement), has led to celebrity chefs, a rapid increase in farmers markets , the rise of urban farming and the growth of craft brewers. So it comes as no surprise that artisan distillers (craft makers of spirits) are becoming more numerous. 

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The Clean and Simple Cloud Computing Primer for Small Businesses

Small Business CEO

Nobody likes paying for things they don’t use. That’s all changed in just a few years. Do you utilize web-based email services like Gmail?

12 Things I Learned By Being A Forex Trader

Brilliantly Better

During the last 2 years, for 6 months straight, I’ve been a forex trader. started this experience by curiosity, pretty hastily, to be honest, and ended it up abruptly (hopefully, you’ll realize why by reading this article). It was by far one of the most exhilarating, exciting, emotionally consuming and useful (in terms of [.].

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Creating the Perfect Week

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. He chose to keep going. percent!

Why are There More Non-Employer Small Businesses?

Small Business Labs

Scott Shane's post Should We Count Non-Employer Businesses? raises a number of interesting questions related to the fact that a growing share of U.S. small businesses don't have employees.   He wonders whether or not these businesses should count as small businesses.   3.   So to get back to Scott's questions: 1.

Every Company Is a Publishing Company

Daily Writing Tips

A recent Wall Street Journal article that beamed a spotlight on sophomoric speaking and grammar gaffes in the workplace covered the issue fairly thoroughly but left unsaid some pertinent points. It also discusses disturbingly colloquial correspondence, or that which is rife with typographical errors and poor grammar. Is this issue such a big deal?

Here Are Three Pieces of Software Small businesses should consider!

The Small Business Blog

Starting a new business can be a very exciting time, and also a very busy one. The business has to be launched, new customers found, and many suppliers dealt with, and such a large amount of work in the business’s early days can often be overwhelming. It is all too easy to become tied up…

What You Don’t Know About How To Use A Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. You probably have a calendar. But the question is: are you using it well? It has no teeth.

Political Scientists Versus Dart Throwing Chimps

Small Business Labs

The New York Times has a good article on political scientists being bad forecasters.  Key quote: It’s an open secret in my discipline: in terms of accurate political predictions (the field’s benchmark for what counts as science), my colleagues have failed spectacularly and wasted colossal amounts of time and money.   trends

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The Anglo-Saxon Angle

Daily Writing Tips

Are you an Anglist, or an anti-Anglist, or are you neutral in the debate about whether to favor words of Anglo-Saxon or Germanic origin over Latinate language? You may have been unaware that there ever was a controversy about linguistic purism, or that the issue survives at all. Do you have an ache, or a pain? It depends, literally, on how you feel.

Business Cloud Computing. Yes, but…

The Small Business Blog

Is it affordable, or are you getting ripped off by the business cloud computing vendor? Do you pay more than $15/£10 per user for all the business apps you need? Is it an integrated solution, can you get all apps from one cloud computing vendor? Or is the cloud vendor a one trick pony? Is…

2012 9

Give Your Clients Options

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The abundance of available methods of delivering information and services these days means savvy customers and clients will demand options. Here are a few tips to consider: Get rich. Is your website rich? Do you offer a number of different ways on your site for people to receive your message, and get the information they need?

The Five Phases of Project Planning

Ian's Messy Desk

David Allen  says, regardless of task size, the human  brain  goes through a  Natural Planning Model. This is the process we use daily to organize regular tasks: e.g., getting dressed or driving to work. We go ahead and complete them without much thought. We use the part of our brain that is conditioned for this natural type of  planning.

Tips to Automate Your Marketing

Office Organization Success

The Bicentennial Gala was great fun last weekend. think the last time Mat and I got that dressed up was when we got married! You can see us in all our finery on Facebook. My family went back home on Wednesday. It was so lovely to have them here with us; the house is so quiet now. One of the core elements of the Marketing Hourglass is the Know piece.

Gut feeling? Go to the fair

The Small Business Blog

Everyone’s a foodie. People smile when a laden plate is put in front of them. Our optimism levels lift when we are well fed and watered. While there are many things people think they can’t live without, food and drink are two body and soul imperatives, making that industry one of the most complex, competitive,…

2012 9

Send Out Your Resume or Send Your Resume Out?

Business Writing

The other day I got an interesting question about word order from someone who had attended my Better Business Writing class. will call him Ajay. Ajay wanted to know which of these two sentences was better: I am sending. Writing Tips

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Denise Aday

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2012 8

Consistently resolving 5 Meta Dilemmas marks top performers!


There are 5 basic dilemma stereotypes which underpin almost all of the operational and strategic issues which challenge leaders today.

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