January, 2013

The 5 Minute Trick to Dramatically Improve Quality Time with Your Kids

Dumb Little Man

My wife and I both have demanding jobs - mine as a partner at a product development company and hers as a managing director at a transfer pricing consulting company. We also are proud parents of a three year old, with another one imminently arriving.

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How to turn an assistant into a career EA

Practically Perfect PA

I’m not going to lie, I became an assistant because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Growing up I’d dreamed of becoming everything from a spy to an air hostess but those dreams faded once I left University and hit the big wall of reality that is paying bills and funding your social life.

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Office Items That You Can Reuse or Recycle

Eco-Office Gals

Even office workers that have yet to embrace the ideals of green living are aware of the fact that recycling exists, especially if you’ve decided to set up bins around the office to remind them that there’s an alternative to throwing everything in the trash.

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How to Set (And Stick To) Your Business Boundaries

Office Organization Success

It happens to all of us at some point or other … a client will ask us to do something different for them that is outside of our normal business practice. And, in the interest of keeping our clients happy, we will accommodate.

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Kiss That Frog!: 21 Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives

Ian's Messy Desk

Just like the lonely princess in the fairy tale who was reluctant to lock lips with a warty frog and transform him into a handsome prince, something stops many of us short of attaining our dreams.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2013

Small Business Labs

Below is our sixth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  Last year's trends and links to our trends lists from prior years are available here. Our overall economic outlook for 2013 is for continued moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.25% to 2.75%.    We expect hiring and the job market to continue to improve with unemployment falling and finishing the year in the 6.8% range. Technology  1.

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8 Ways to Dramatically Boost Your Productivity While Traveling

Dumb Little Man

As organizations get larger, it’s inevitable that their leaders will have to invest in some travel. Whether they’re visiting current clients, attending conferences, meeting new clients, or simply seeking inspiration, travel becomes a crucial and unavoidable part of a growing business.

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WordPress Plugin Analysis & Facelift.

Eco-Office Gals

WordPress is a wonderful platform, back in it’s early onset I knew this was going to be the medium I wanted to work with at Eco-Office Gals. Unlike a static, HTML site of old, it grows with you, it grows with our online needs. Growth also means change.

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You Want to Grow Your Business – But Are You Really Ready?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Wow, I can’t believe we are charging into a new year already! Exciting things are happening, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year in my business. How about you? Are you anticipating a breakout year in your business?

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Strategies for Expanding Your Professional Network

Eat Your Career

We’ve all heard it a million times: “It’s not WHAT you know; it’s WHO you know.”. While I don’t believe this entirely (to me, it’s both what you know and who you know), I definitely agree that having a strong professional network is a critically important part of creating career success.

Wall Street Journal's Explosive Technologies

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Explosion in Innovation covers 8 technologies the author believes will drive innovation over the next decade. The eight are: 1.

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Reboot Your Life Like Betty White

Dumb Little Man

We all know her. In fact, we all pretty much grew up watching her antics on television. From guest appearances, games shows, sitcoms and countless commercial spots; who hasn’t had a laugh with Betty White?

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Getting your motivation back after a vacation

Practically Perfect PA

Well today I am back to work with a very large bump!

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How to Reduce Food Waste at Home and in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

A lot of times, when we toss food into the trash can, we don’t give it a second thought. However, once it is picked up to be taken to our local landfill, do you know what it turns into over time?

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3 Simple Steps to Get Your Business on Track in 2013

Office Organization Success

As we sit here at the start of a New Year, many of you may be wondering what the heck you’re going to do this year in your business.

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Quiz: Are You a Respectful Co-Worker?

Eat Your Career

Your office is probably full of different personalities— some easier to get along with than others. No matter where you work, or what you do, respecting your co-workers is an essential part of being a high-quality professional. Your team is there to support and guide you.

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The 3 Mega Shifts Changing Work and Employment

Small Business Labs

We spend a lot of time researching, debating and talking about trends. But behind the trends are major shifts - the higher level changes in how our world works that drive or enable a wide range of economic, social and technology trends.   Mega shifts tend to be slow acting and take a long time to impact business and society. While their long term impacts are powerful, the changes they bring can be subtle in the short term.

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5 Obvious Goal Setting Mistakes You Must Avoid

Dumb Little Man

Goal setting can get overwhelming. To get the maximum results and to actually achieve your goals, you have to know what you're doing. If you miss something important, or make an obvious mistake, it could mean significantly delaying your progress.

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The questions you need to ask before you cover for another assistant

Practically Perfect PA

In last week’s blog I wrote about assistants working together as a team and part of the blog discussed how we should cover for each other when one of us is off sick or on holiday.

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Green Energy: Simple Ways to Save Money and Protect the Environment

Eco-Office Gals

Believe it or not, building an eco-friendly house from renewable materials isn’t the only way to go green.

How to Impress a New Boss

On The Job

Is there anything more frustrating than working your tail off for your boss and then one day -- poof! The boss is gone and you've got to start all over with a new manager.

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Leap to Success in 2013 with Donna

Step It Up VA Coaching

Questions continue to come in about my 6-Month Lead, Leverage & Leap Private and Group Programs. I created a video, below, to answer the latest questions. But be sure to also read the Q&A post here which answers some others: [link].

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The Rise of Public Unions; The Fall of Private Unions

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their annual Union Summary this week. The New York Times sumed up the data quite well with their article title, Unionization Rate Lowest in a Century.  Key quote from the article: "The percentage of workers in unions fell to 11.3

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7 Effective Ways to Deal with Rejection in Relationships

Dumb Little Man

Do you remember how you felt when you failed that math test back in school? Or when your application for inclusion in that sports team was rejected? Or more recently, when that job application didn’t work out?

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Working with other assistants

Practically Perfect PA

In my recent blog on what I think Assistants can expect in 2013 I briefly discussed the relationship between assistants and how teamwork and support of each other will become more important this year. I thought I would go into a bit more detail and give some tips on how we can work as a team.

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The Increasing Popularity of Net-Zero Energy Buildings

Eco-Office Gals

In an ideal world of eco-thusiasts, all buildings would run on totally green power, creating no carbon footprint whatsoever. Unfortunately, the majority of homes, offices, and other buildings still run on electricity from the grid, natural gas, and the like.

Email Subjects: Specific vs. Vague

Business Writing

What type of email subject gets your attention? This week I deleted 1226 messages from my email inbox. Viewing their subject lines, I was reminded of what typically makes me read a message: specificity--something specific in the subject. These are. Email

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Productivity versus the perils of working from home

The Small Business Blog

When I am not blogging, I am writing or editing copy for clients. I have exactly eight hours in which to get this work done. That’s a fair amount of time, isn’t it? Well, four of those hours are between 8am and 12pm while my four-year-old is at nursery. (I

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Top 10 Amazing College Finance Stats

Small Business Labs

The University's Dilemma , from Strategy + Business, is a fascinating article covering the business model problems and risks faced by America's colleges and universities. The article includes some amazing financial stats. I did some digging and found more.

How to Increase Concentration – The 5 Key Steps

Dumb Little Man

Do you usually find it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand ? Do you find your mind invariably straying to some happy moment in the past, a pleasant song you've recently heard, or a movie you've seen, or a book you've read etc.? Most of us do, so don't worry.

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J’adore rapport – working with a new manager

Practically Perfect PA

Congratulations you got the job, you’ve worked your notice, you have bought a few outfits and now you are sitting at your desk ready to face the challenges of a new role.

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The Top 5 Cities for Green Jobs

Eco-Office Gals

Eco friendly business and environmental responsibility are becoming more widely accepted–in many places, they are even being demanded. Reckless actions in the past have had a serious effect on the environment, and many people are trying to repair the damage.

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6 Ways to Wow an Interviewer Via Video Interview

On The Job

Not long ago someone wanted to interview me via Skype. I froze. I badly needed a haircut. I had bags under my eyes after a week of no sleep because of a bad head cold. The t-shirt I was wearing had a big stain from the tea I had spilled on myself earlier. A Skype interview?

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Success in 2013

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. Start this new year with a post-mortem of all the things you did right (or wrong) in 2012. It is important for you to understand exactly why your actions succeeded or failed…

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Book Review: The Encore Career Handbook

Small Business Labs

One of the trends we've long covered is the desire and/or need by aging baby boomers  to continue working past their traditional retirement age. Related to this is the growing trend of baby boomers looking to do something new work wise starting in their 50s.

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Why The Road to Success is Always Full of Failures

Dumb Little Man

Henry Ford once said that failure is the opportunity to start again more intelligently. Throughout history there have been a lot of rich people who made awful business mistakes, got fired, got rejected for jobs and were considered to be losers.

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Why I Discourage Phone Calls. Should You?

Tips From T. Marie

I’ve had a couple of people mention the fact that my phone number isn’t so easy to find on my Clerical Advantage website.

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