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7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Triathlon

Dumb Little Man

Triathlons can be intimidating. Fortunately, you don't have to be a genetic freak in order to be able to run your first triathlon. It's okay. Relax.

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Lithium’s Customer Heroes

Customers Rock!

have attended two of these events in the past – as a Lithium customer (Verizon). Here are some of my key takeaways. Heroes.

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What Makes a Great Leader?

On The Job

They don't have to offer cool perks like parachuting off the office building during lunch hours to get the most from employees. Gary Burnison knows.

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How Hiring Decisions Are Made

Job Advice Blog

Years ago, I had a large office in the Wall Street area with a personal secretary screening my phone calls, opening mail, taking dictation, and managing my calendar. Since then of course, the business world has changed. The next phase had executives sharing a pool of secretaries using floppy discs working on word processors. That [.].

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One Simple Way to Impress: Do What You Say You'll Do

Dumb Little Man

Over the past week, two people have – independently – thanked me for simply doing what I said I’d do. In a perfect world, we’d take it for granted that people would actually come through on their promises and commitments. You probably know a few people who always talk big, but never come through for you. Maybe they’re constantly running late.

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Offices Going to the Dogs

Small Business Labs

For the 2nd week in a row , we have story on dogs.   The article says pets in the office reduce stress and increase employee loyalty. trends

How to keep your customers from leaving you

Service Untitled

These are the customers that silently move away from you and are welcomed with open-arms by the competition. photo by: Itiro.

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Announcing the DFW Writing Contest Winners

Men With Pens

Entrants fought hard to get into the Damn Fine Words writing course. Some posts were straightforward. Some were thoughtful. Some touched our hearts.

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Getting more out of your networking

The Small Business Blog

A colleague of mine, Barclay Thompson of Clear Business Development, shared the following link (from Nigel Botterill called Networking – The Surest Way to Stay Poor?) with me the other day. Following that we met up for coffee earlier today to talk about blogging, which I do quite a bit of, and a general catch…

Is the Venture Capital Industry Broken?

Small Business Labs

According to the Kauffman Foundation, the VC industry is very broken. Their report "We Have Met the Enemy. And He Is Us" is a damning analysis of Venture Capital as an asset class and the Venture Capital industry in general. The news here isn't that the VC industry is broken.  This has been actively discussed for years.

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15 “Dis-” Words and Their Relations

Daily Writing Tips

Words with the antonymic prefix dis- are easily confused with similar-looking terms starting with mis- or un- that usually have differing connotations or entirely distinct senses. Here are comparative definitions of some of these terms, along with etymological identification: 1-2. Disassemble/Dissemble/Misassemble. Disassociate/Dissociate. Spellin

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Going Green to Save Green: 3 Money-Saving Office Solutions

Eco-Office Gals

The new eco-centric business model isn’t a fad to be canceled out by the next trend. The following are just a few tips to get you there. Lighting.

To take on a senior employee in your own biz – or not.

The Small Business Blog

There is a better way of building your business than taking on a senior employee. Unfortunately, this better way is risky and certainly is not possible for all types of micro-business. My preferred options/alternatives to taking on a senior employee are: Option 1. using independent contractors/freelancers/other micro-businesses Option 2.

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The Aging U.S. Workforce: Baby Boomers in 2020

Small Business Labs

In 2020 the youngest baby boomers will be 55, the oldest 74.   As the chart below shows, by 2020  one quarter  of the U.S.

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7 Idioms from the Military

Daily Writing Tips

Military terminology and slang is a rich source of expressive expressions. Most, like “bite the bullet,” are clichés, but some, such as “bomber crew,” are unusual (so much so, sometimes, that in writing they may require a partial explanation). 1. Awkward Squad. Bite the Bullet. Bomber Crew. Close Ranks. Rank and File. Scuttlebutt. General

Getting Started With GTD

Productivity Bits

I often get questions about how to get started with GTD. If you never heard of GTD before, Google the phrase “Getting Things Done by David Allen” Go ahead, read about GTD and I’ll be here when you’re ready. While you performed that search, you probably saw links to articles on how to get started with GTD. Read the book.

Quick Filing System Tip

Office Organization Success

When creating your filing system, follow the same system for both your paper & computer filing systems, as well as for organizing your emails – it makes it easier to find everything. Quick Biz Tip

Taking over the (virtual) world

The Small Business Blog

The online space is very competitive and businesses can sometimes struggle to be seen. Your business probably can’t afford to buy any physical land, so why not grab yourself some virtual land and start taking over the map one grid at a time? That’s exactly what the people at Landjacker are allowing businesses to do …

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Do women talk too much?

On The Job

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg became a hero to many women when she publicly stated that she leaves the office at 5:30 p.m. But Brescoll turned to the U.S.

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You are Invited: 3 Keys to Consistent Follow-Up=>Getting MORE out of LESS

Productive & Organized

Over the last year, I have talked a lot about taking action and having good follow-up systems in your business.  Join us! Join us!

Featured Soloist Derek Peterson: “Always Work to Fill the Glass”

The Solopreneur Life

Today we meet Derek Peterson. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an e-mail, Larry@TheSolopreneurLife.com. Derek Peterson.

Older vs. Elder

Daily Writing Tips

Which comparative adjectival term meaning “more advanced in age” is more correct in usage? Many people still prefer to use elder and its superlative eldest , but they tend to be, well, older; the choice of that last word is becoming the alternative of choice. The etymology of the name of the elder tree is unrelated.) Original Post: Older vs. Elder.

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The Longevity Economy and the MetLife Mature Market Institute

Small Business Labs

baby boomers and seniors.   We were introduced to the MMI at the Boomer Summit.  It's also FREE.   Baby Boomers

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2012 18

More than just a brand

The Small Business Blog

I told you last week that “back in 1998-9 our instinct was to radically change the course of our lives”, promising to tell you this week just how, where and why. That was a tad ambitious for one small blog, but here are the bones. Mother’s Garden is more than a brand; it is a…

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2012 16

Thinking of ditching 1ShoppingCart … read this first

Office Organization Success

I’ve seen quite a few discussions on Facebook over the last week or so about 1ShoppingCart’s price increase; the main topic being that they’ve put their prices up by 30%. A lot of the posts I’ve been reading have been about users unhappy with this price increase and so are looking for a new provider. General Biz

2012 16

The Rules of Engagement in English

Daily Writing Tips

In the same day, this site received, among readers’ responses to my recent post Courtesy Titles and Honorifics , two diverse email messages: One was a reasonable, well-written support of the writer’s opinion that, as she was taught, because the courtesy title Ms. Do you self-publish, whether in print or online? General

2012 15

Do You Fall For These Time Management Lies?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Yet many people fall for time management lies, much to their detriment. Photo by Sister72.

2012 11

Top 5 Tips for London 2012

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. 1. The London Olympics are expected to cause travel chaos for small businesses and the general public this Summer. Make sure that all your vital journeys are well planned in advance and that…

2012 16

Want Great Clients? First Own Your Brilliance!

Virtual Moxie

Yesterday's Moxie Tip sent a flurry of email to my Inbox. Here's more on the topic. When you wake up in the morning and head into your office (or whatever space you’re working from), what attitude do you take with you? Are you clear about who you are, what you do, and that you create wonderful value for your clients? What’s enough, anyway? Own it.

Book Review: “Spunk and Bite”

Daily Writing Tips

The Elements of Style , by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, has been widely celebrated as one of the masterworks of English usage. Time magazine listed it as one of the one hundred most influential books written in English since 1923. Shred it. Shred it, that is, after you’ve read it once so that you know what not to do in your writing.

2012 15

Damn Fine Words Writing Course Open for Registration

Men With Pens

Every single business owner, no matter what their industry, needs to be able to write well to be successful. You’re missing out. Leave a Comment!

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The Easiest Customer May Also Be The Best

The Small Business Blog

I love reading Seth Godin’s Blog – you should click over to it, it’s worth it – he has a way to extrude the essence out of all kinds of stuff and topics. But sometimes he gets it spectacularly wrong, at least in my opinion. In one of his posts he asserts that: The easiest…

Make Your Small Business Influencer Nominations Now!

Small Business CEO

Nominations for the second annual Small Business Influencer awards are now being accepted.  Nominations will be accepted until July 15, 2012.

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2012 10

Courtesy Titles and Honorifics

Daily Writing Tips

There was a time when it was considered proper form to refer indirectly to people in writing with a courtesy title or an honorific — a designation that identifies gender, profession, or title of nobility. That time, to the great relief of writers everywhere, has passed. Smith,” “Captain Jones,” “Doctor Williams,” “Reverend Taylor,” and so on.