Book Review: Eat That Frog!

Simple Productivity Blog

Brian Tracy's book, Eat That Frog! The post Book Review: Eat That Frog! Books UncategorizedEating frogs? Well, if you eat a frog first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. And that applies to productivity as well.

2020 130

5 Books for Executive Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Career Development Featured admin administrators assistants Books Business Career EA Executive Assistant PA Personal AssistantIf you have been reading the Practically Perfect PA blog for a while, you will know that I often tell Assistants that they have to read EVERYTHING, which includes emails, reports, the intranet, the internet, business guides, your Executive’s magazines and newspapers. Really anything else that you can get your hands on that will develop […].

2018 180

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Five great books about verbal communication

Practically Perfect PA

Core Competencies admin administrators assistants Books Communication EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal AssistantIf you look at any job application for an Assistant role, you will find something about communication skills. It is a must-have in our profession. Well, we have to communicate efficiently with our Executives, we have to interact with loads of different people from all walks of life and different levels within the business. […].

2018 175

Getting A Kindle Book List From Amazon

Simple Productivity Blog

I've been buying Amazon books since 2009. That's a whole lot of books. And while writing a recent article on backlogs, I realized that I have built up a huge backlog of unread books on my Kindle. The post Getting A Kindle Book List From Amazon appeared first on Laura Earnest.

2020 130

Book Review: Building the Business of You

Small Business Labs

The central concept of the book is what the author calls the "career mashup"   This is a career where workers merge their skills, interests, passions, and experiences in a way that fits a person's whole self.

2021 68

New Book Announcement: The Invisibility Cure

Eat Your Career

I am so excited to announce that my new book is now available for purchase ! For those of you who attend my monthly free webinars and Q&A sessions , you’ve no doubt heard me talk about this book. When I truly set my intention to finish and publish this book by the middle of this year, things just fell into place. So, what’s this new book all about? I’m so excited to share the stories and strategies in this book!

2019 100

10 books to read to improve your public speaking

Practically Perfect PA

Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants books for Assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant public speaking Virtual AssistantI write a lot on Practically Perfect PA about how Assistants should speak-up, have confidence and represent themselves and their Executives in meetings. This is often easier said than done, because, as we all know, speaking in public (whether that is in a session or a larger public setting) is hard.

2019 154

Book Review: Baby Bust

Small Business Labs

  The book is based on several studies of students from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. There's also good news in the book, especially in the area of gender equality.   Book Reviews Demographics Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family is a short (88 pages), easy read.

2014 141

How to Organize Books

Clutter Coach

by I like an organic approach to organizing books. By that I mean that I suggest paying attention to how you use your books and what works well with your current set up before rearranging them. You may find that books you use a lot are already on the most convenient shelf. It doesn't matter if those books are on different subjects and are different sizes, keeping them as handy as possible is a good idea. your books on the shelves horizontally.

2016 100

Review of Gretchen Rubin’s new book

Clutter Coach

Gretchen’s new book is called Outer Order, Inner Calm and it came out last Friday. In fact, a lot of the ideas in this book are ones I use with my clients and ones I put in my own book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized. My book is available in paperback here. BooksI’m excited to announce that I got to interview Gretchen Rubin for my podcast! I’ll be publishing that episode on March 14.

2019 100

Book Review: The Manufacturer's Book of Lists

Small Business Labs

Because there are so many new and small manufacturing firms, I was very excited to read the  The Manufacturer's Book of Lists  by small business expert Gene Marks.   Also, because the book is organized in lists by functional area you can go directly to issues you are struggling with.   I found Chapter 3 on human resource issues to be one of the most important in the book.  Chapter 3 of this book nicely summarizes this very important area.

2013 163

Eight great business books for strategic Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

The trait that I admire most in exceptional leaders (think Oprah Winfrey and Brene Brown) is the time they dedicate to learning new things. I love that they read, take on new ideas and concepts and never stop growing. This is something that I always try to find time for, and I think it is […]. Career Development Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Competencies EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Strategy Virtual Assistant

2019 153

Declutter your book shelves

Clutter Coach

by Books are sacred. The first line of attack is: don’t buy a book until you’re ready to read it. I recently talked to a client about the books on his shelf, most of which he hasn’t read, and he no longer remembers when or why he acquired them. Now he’s face with hundreds of books he feels he should read, someday. Even a budget scanning service would cost hundreds of dollars given how many books he had. They’re emblems of culture.

2017 109

Great Books For Beginner Investors?

Dumb Little Man

Those who are new to the world of investing should take the time to read at least one of the books listed below. Ideally, beginner investors should take the time to read two of these books before moving on to research and practice, and they should later come back and pick up the remaining titles as bedtime reading. The post Great Books For Beginner Investors?

2015 183

Book Review: ABC Organization

Simple Productivity Blog

When I am asked to review books, they are generally involved and complicated. Her latest book, ABC Organization , is aimed at the preschool age child and goes over the basics of organization. This book was a light and fun read. Book Information. Book: ABC Organization. Disclosure: Marie Calder Ricks provided me with a copy of the electronic book proofs to enable me to write this review. Book Organization Review

2011 155

Book Review: Gig Mindset

Small Business Labs

Gig Mindset is a different kind of book on the gig economy.    Almost all gig economy books focus on how to become a freelancer or some form of independent worker.   And it also inspired him to write this book.

2020 62

Book Review: Sharing is Good

Small Business Labs

  The book also makes a strong case why we should share more - think sustainability and money savings - and provides the information needed to get started in the sharing economy.   My favorite part of the book is chapter 6, What to Share. It has about 80 pages (almost half the book!)   For anyone trying to figure out what to share, this chapter alone is more than worth the cost of the book (which is a modest $9.99

2014 140

Group booking… every travel manager’s nightmare!

Practically Perfect PA

Your boss comes to you and tells you that you need to book the travel for 100 people for a Winter getaway, and it needs to be done by next week… eek! Book it yourself. Where do you even start? Well, there are two options: 1. You could always waste several hours searching multiple websites […]. Core Skills Featured Sponsored posts Travel admin administrators assistants business travel EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2018 133

Book Review: Work Women Want

The Small Business Blog

Recently I read a business book that I really enjoyed. The author, small business owner Jennifer Forest, worked from home following the birth of her children and set out to make that the topic of her latest book. She found that she was often asked by mothers she met about how they could start working… Read the full article here: Book Review: Work Women Want on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Book Review book review Business Books women work women want

2013 155

6 Things to Think About When Booking a Wellness Retreat

Dumb Little Man

We’ve listed the 6 things you should think about when booking your wellness revival so you can make the most of your relaxing retreat. While of course luxury is appealing, you don’t actually have to spend a fortune to book a fabulous spa holiday. Make sure you research the kind of spa services you hope to enjoy before booking a resort to avoid disappointment. Likewise, before you book a retreat, keep in mind the type of clientele you’ll encounter on your wellness retreat.

2019 189

Why It Is A Good Time to Start Writing A Book

Dumb Little Man

But, the first step in writing a book is usually the hardest. If you are on the journey of writing your dream book, then you have come to the right place. Here, we provide important guides for writers stuck at the beginning of their book-writing journey.

2020 196

Five Inspirational Must Read Books for 2015

Dumb Little Man

Here’s the good news: anybody who wants to become healthier, better organized, happier in their relationships, more effective at work, or more financially secure can look for inspiration and guidance in inspirational books. Here are five inspiring books suitable for anybody wishing to make some positive lifestyle changes. The Fit Bottomed Girls’ “Anti-Diet” Anybody who is tired of the diet industry pushing a one size fits all, body size ideal is going to love this book.

2015 218

10 websites to help book great hotels

Practically Perfect PA

There are so many hotel websites available for Assistants to use when booking business travel for their Executive. Here are ten websites to help book great hotels. If you don’t work with a travel management company, where do you even start? This list covers everything you need to search and compare prices. When you are […]. Core Skills Featured Travel admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 109

Book Review: The Future of Work

Small Business Labs

I'm more than a bit behind on my book reviews, which is why it's taken me so long to get to Jacob Morgan's excellent book, The Future of Work. The book begins by covering "The Five Trends Shaping the World of Work", which are major megatrends impacting business, society and, of course, work.    The strength of this book is how well it synthesizes the wide range of trends driving the future of work. Book Reviews trends

2015 143

Simplifying My Books

Simple Productivity Blog

There are many, many areas where things are going away, but the place I always start is my books because I can go through them rapidly. Getting rid of books has always been painful, particularly if I haven’t read the book yet. It’s gotten easier – I used to feel serious discomfort if I got rid of a book I had read, and knew I would never read again. What The Books Represent. The Three Step Process To Weed Out Books.

2012 161

Yuval Noah Harari – Sapiens – Book Review

Brilliantly Better

In a culture dominated by Instagram celebrities and teenage Youtubers, he stands out as a solid professional, astute thinker and prolific writer, with best-sellers like “Sapiens” or… The post Yuval Noah Harari – Sapiens – Book Review appeared first on Dragos Roua. Book ReviewsYuval Noah Harari is an interesting phenomenon. For a historian, he’s extremely popular.

2019 63

Book Review: The Mindful Manifesto

Simple Productivity Blog

And this book gives a road map of how to do it. The book is about meditation. Starting with breathing, the book teaches us how to pay attention to our breath. From there, the book gets increasingly more challenging as it instructs us how to expand this to body, mind, feelings and life. The last part of the book is a short manifesto. This book has actually had an impact. Book Information. Book Life Design Review

2012 147

12 Must-Know Things While Designing A Book Cover

Dumb Little Man

Authors pour their heart and soul when they write a book. When the manuscript is finalized, the next critical task of designing a compelling and appealing book cover comes. Some authors outsource the designing of their book cover, while some take the DIY route. If you wish to design your book cover on your own, you can use online graphic design tools such as Designhill. You can create an alluring book cover design with this AI-based tool within minutes.

2018 152

3 Management Books Every Upcoming Entrepreneur Must Read

Dumb Little Man

Some books can linger in your memory for a long time. There are books that can shake you from within while others can make you a better human being. The books in this list did all those things to me. If you are struggling with any of these things, these are the most recommended management books you need to check out. 1)The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking. The first on my list is The Decision Book. Every person has his own favorite books.

2016 216

Book Review: With Charity for All

Small Business Labs

Charity for All: Why Charities are Failing and a Better Way to Give is a fascinating book. According to the book, there are about 1.4 million The book chronicles a number of high profile examples of failed charities. You may ask why I'm reviewing this book.  Key quote from the book: “The public must begin to see donations as investments. Small Business Book Reviews trends

2014 145

5 Business Books Recommended By Top Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

In case you’re looking for a great place to start, here are the 5 most recommended business books by today’s entrepreneurs as well as the best tips you can learn from each of them. Startups need an entirely different approach, and that’s where Eric Ries’s book, The Lean Startup, is valuable. Rework is not your traditional business book. Even today, Carnegie’s book keeps on flying off of shelves and it’s actually isn’t surprising.

2016 159

Book Review: Essentialism


Mike offers up book reviews here at Productivityist , and he writes about other things he''s learned at People Smarter Than Me. This doesn’t sound easy (and it’s not) so McKeown organizes the book around four big areas with specific tips for each one. I found that McKeown leaned too heavily on reporting from the Harvard Business Review (where he is a contributor) in this book. thinking from Do Cool Sh-t or Switch by the Heath brothers, then you may like this book.

2014 81

7 Terrific Books That Can Make You Fall In Love With Math

Dumb Little Man

It’s not a problem for you to help peers with their academic papers and you are ready to read tons of books on different topics. To be specific, read the most terrific books providing insights into the world of numbers and formulas. Once you turn to the last pages of the following books about math, you’ll never consider it boring or difficult again. This book provides insights to encourage your clear thinking about different areas of life.

2019 220

5 Tips to Learn Languages by Reading Foreign Books

Dumb Little Man

Through reading, foreign language book learners not only learn a new language, but also get to explore a new culture. In case you want to learn a new language by reading foreign books, there are a few simple rules to follow. If you are going to read a foreign language book, get a dictionary. This method involves reading two books — one original and the other translated, simultaneously. Also, you can use bilingual books. You get two languages in one book.

2017 197

Book Review: The End of the Suburbs

Small Business Labs

The End of Suburbs was released released last summer (OK, I admit I'm a bit behind on my book reviews), but I was reminded of it today while running errands in my suburban town.    The key theme of this book is the near universal desire for the a big suburban house with a big yard is receding.   Instead, a growing number of Americans (the book is about the U.S.) The book focuses on the rise of New Urbanism.

2013 130

18 Books Every Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant Should Read

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics has put together a list of books for administrative assistants and executive assistants that will help you with your professional development and personal life. In Joan’s 5 th book for administrative assistants and executive assistants, the red-lipstick-wearing Rock Star, and pioneer of administrative excellence exposes the game-changing truths and unwritten rules you need to know in order to maximize your potential. Word Trippers E-Book by Barbara McNichol.

2019 193

Book Review: Get Smarter


It might not seem like it considering the number of book reviews I do, but sometimes I get in a reading rut. Days will go by when I haven’t read a book and despite my best attempts to try tactics that have worked in the past I can’t seem to start a new book. The book is full of great anecdotes, quotes from others, and real business lessons. This book reminded me that no one gets everything right. Get Smarter is a good book, but not a great one.

2015 69

Booking a chartered flight for your boss

Practically Perfect PA

Many will skip the gauntlet that is busy airports and scheduled flights preferring to arrange their own private transportation, which means that assistants will be asked to book, chartered flights for their boss (and potentially their entire family and staff). Private charter provides significant time saving, security, safety, comfort and convenience for your boss but if you have never booked a chartered flight before it can be a formidable task.

2014 185

Booking a flight for the boss

Practically Perfect PA

For any assistant booking a flight for the boss can be a daunting task. Here are my top tips on booking a flight for your boss… . Once you have the flight booked there are a few more aspects of the trip you should consider before your boss boards the flight. If your organisation is based in London I would always recommend you book your flights from London City Airport. I booked a flight for my manager to travel from London City Airport to New York.

2014 191

How To Start Reading More Books In Just 30 Days

Dumb Little Man

We often hear about how he devours dozens of books per month and how successful he has become for that. I mean, I have never seen a person own SO MANY books just because she liked all of them. It was astonishing to see how her drawers were full of books, and even more when she said they didn’t fit that she had to place them in two or even three rows. So, here’s what I found out in my odyssey trying to read more books, based on both our experiences.

2017 164

Book Review: Switch


Their books are good. This helpful analogy in the book is a nice triad for us to frame how to change and where we may miss a switch. Luckily the book gives ample examples of ways to get the rider going in the right direction, one of which is called “script the critical moves” Our rider wants to be right and when he’s not tugging at the elephant’s reins can fall into paralysis by analysis limbo. One suggestion from the book is to “shrink the change.”

2015 70

Top 10 Websites for Book Lovers

Daily Writing Tips

There is something magical about reading books. Whether you like fiction or non-fiction, fantasy or sci-fi, there are many books out there. Still, it isn’t always easy to make a trip to the bookstore or library to find that specific book that you are looking for. If you find yourself itching for a new read, reviews, or discussion, here are 10 websites that every book lover should check out. Who doesn’t love free books? Google Book Search. Book Reviews

2017 69

Book Review: The Fifth Age of Work

Small Business Labs

  He's a cultural anthropologist, partner in a coworking facility, business professor at Texas State and the co-author of one of the first books on coworking - I'm Outta Here.    He goes on to say that a key driver of this shift is people want more "independence, trust and honesty in their working lives"   A lot of ground is covered in this book.   I do have one required disclosure since I just suggested you read this book.

2013 192