October, 2013

5 Questions To NEVER Ask Yourself

Dumb Little Man

Life causes us to question ourselves, but not all thoughts that come to mind are beneficial for us. In fact, many can be harmful and misleading. Here are five of those undesirable questions that if you find yourself asking, you'd be wise to rephrase or reroute them.

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Dispelling the Personal Assistant myth

Practically Perfect PA

'Over the last few weeks I’ve finally got around to watching Mad Men, I’m only a few episodes into the first series but I must admit I’ve been pretty much swept away by the glamour of the secretaries in the show, especially Christina Hendricks’ character “Joan Harris” I’m sure over the next few series something dramatic and terrible happens to her but in the meantime she is kicking ass! It got me thinking about the impact of the show on our profession, it certainly has made people more aware of what our predecessors had to put up with from their male bosses! But I’ve also had many conversations with people who think the role is still like that except we use computers now rather than typewriters and are not so much victims of the occasional wondering hand (you know because of political correctness)! Anyway I thought in this blog post I would enlighten the viewers of Mad Men and dispel the Personal Assistant myth that the industry has moved on somewhat over the last 50 or so years. Do feel free to send this to any of your colleagues or associates that may not realise that! The 1960′s… Mad Men. We are no longer referred to as ‘the girl’ and we certainly do not have to balance our feminine charms with a can do attitude in a male dominated office environment. We still need to maintain confidentiality. We do have to remain silent even if we know intimate details about our boss that might be brilliant gossip. We have an abundance of career opportunities so we don’t have to be personal assistants we choose to be personal assistants! We do have to put the needs of our boss first but we do not have to pander to their every whim with grace and charm. We have a voice and we are allowed to use it! The 1970′s… James Bond: Miss Moneypenny. We can view power like Miss Moneypenny in the 1970′s but we can also wield power in so many ways. Moneypenny is the women behind the man. PAs are now standing right next to the man. or woman! We are no longer the office based sex symbol flirting with the boss over a filing cabinet but we are still a symbol of strong, independent women (more often that not) making our own way in the world and earning our own money… and you know if we want to flirt we can! The 1980′s… 9 to 5. We don’t quite need to exact revenge on our unappreciative bosses but we still need to be recognised and rewarded for the work that we do. We can be promote, we can move out of the role into other parts of the business and we can do more than the role requires. In fact many of us are juggling multiple priorities, multiple projects and multiple managers! The 1990′s… The West Wing. We see our job as a career and we work as hard and as long as our bosses. Personal Assistants can demand good salaries and can influence and persuade their manager’s decisions. In Donna Moss’s case making her the Deputy Deputy Chief of Staff at the West Wing! The typing pool has been replaced by technology but we are still very much needed by our organisations. We have degrees, we have years of experience and we are as business savvy as our colleagues. The 2000′s… The Devil Wears Prada. A million girls would kill for our job! We are working with the most important and influential people in a vast number of industries. But! We don’t have to be b **s to each other to get ahead, oh no we support each other and our female boss’s support us too! Oh and we can have a relationship, wear what ever we want and still be really successful! The 2010′s… Iron Man. So we are in the present day and we really are the superheroes of the office. We understand the day to day business needs of our managers, we understand the business and we are making business decisions every day that affect our organisations. We can use our assistant skills as routes into other professions, we can work for the most senior level executives and have their confidence and trust and ultimately we can have fulfilling, varied and interesting careers. We’ve come a long way since the Mad Men days, who knows what the next 50 years has in store for personal assistants! The post Dispelling the Personal Assistant myth appeared first on Practically Perfect PA. The Industry admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Mad Men PA Personal Assistant Secretary VA Industry'

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The New Serfs and the End of the Middle Class

Small Business Labs

A growing theme across the Internet is that technology is driving income inequality and creating a "neo-feudal" economy.  This week alone there are two good examples of this point of view.

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8 Tips to Help You Clean Off Your Desk

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 8 Tips to Help You Clean Off Your Desk appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Make an appointment - Don’t just hope you find the time to clean up, set a calendar entry and stick to it. Use the right tools: Set a timer for the length of time you have decided to work on this project.

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Venta Airwasher – The Harms of Indoor Pollution and Dry Air in your Office

Eco-Office Gals

Most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors and many of those hours are spent in an office environment. The effects of dry air and indoor air pollution can range from sinus aggravation and chronic coughing to the bringing on of headaches and exacerbating asthma.

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The No. 1 Reason Employers Can't Find the Right Talent

On The Job

There have been many complaints by some companies that they can’t find people to fill positions, despite a 7.3% unemployment rate. What gives? Are the unemployed a bunch of no-talent, bottom-of-the-barrel drudges who should never be given a job? Hardly.

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4 Simple Tricks For Setting Goals And Creating Outstanding Business Clarity

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever come across a successful entrepreneur or a thriving business that didn’t have clear direction? I’m guessing you haven’t. Businesses that are profitable and attractive always have clarity at the center. Clarity in what they offer, who they serve, and where they want to end up.

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Is That an Accountant in Your Pocket?

Small Business Labs

You don't often see a paraphrased Mae West quote as part of a study on the future of accounting , but with the rise of mobile and cloud computing it makes sense (sort of).   Last week Intuit released the 2103 Future of Accountancy report.

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Top 5 social media tips for small businesses

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Top 5 social media tips for small businesses appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. (NC) NC) – Limited by time and resources, Canadian small business owners often view having a presence on social media channels as a daunting task.

Make Your Office Green and Clean for 2014

Eco-Office Gals

As the end of 2013 approaches we start to plan for a new year of business ahead. The New Year brings new clients, new projects, new workloads and new challenges. We are all now fully aware of the need to keep our businesses Green and work in harmony with our environment.

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Automate Your Business! Top 5 Automation Tools

Office Organization Success

Part of running an efficient and organized business is making full use of the technology and resources available to you.

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3 Identity Theft Horror Stories That Will Make Your Toes Curl

Dumb Little Man

Identity theft is a scary phenomenon. It's unnerving to think your identity could be out there somewhere, shambling around like a rotting zombie from The Walking Dead, wreaking unfathomable havoc on your reputation and credit score.

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Organising the office Christmas party? Here are some do’s and don’ts

Practically Perfect PA

I know, I know it is only the 11th October but it is unfortunately the time when you really need to start organising your office Christmas party. A few years ago I wrote a post on the different types of parties you can organise depending on your colleagues and the environment you work in.

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Self-Employment and Portfolio Careers

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting findings from this year's MBO Partners State of Independence study is that about 40% of adult Americans aged 21 or older have been independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, contractors, etc.) at some point during their lives.

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9 Habits of Successful People

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 9 Habits of Successful People appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Leo Tolstoy starts the novel Anna Karenina with the line, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” There’s a measure of truth in that idea, which applies to successful people. Successful people exhibit common traits, while the habits of unsuccessful people are all over the place. Here are nine common habits of successful people.

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My Time Management Reboot: The Pros and Cons of Electronic Systems and Why I Created a Hybrid

Eat Your Career

It pains me to announce that my grand experiment with using electronic time management systems has officially come to an end (sort of). You see, for the past several years, I’ve been using a variety of tech tools to help organize my life and work—appointments, tasks, projects and more.

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[Video] How A Simple Email Signature Can Get You More Clients

Office Organization Success

Online Marketing

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The Science Of Getting What You Want: 7 Simple Steps To Help You Achieve Anything You Want

Dumb Little Man

Just imagine for a second you could make all your dreams come true, achieve anything you want and succeed in all your undertakings. Wouldn't this be absolutely amazing? And you know what? Achieving outstanding success actually isn't even that complicated.

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The Office* Show and how to be a great delegate

Practically Perfect PA

Right everyone raise your hand if you attended the Office* Show last month?! I did, I did! As you can imagine I am pretty much surrounded by events 24/7 so it made a lovely change last month when I attended the show simply as a delegate!

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The Empire Strikes Back at the Sharing Economy

Small Business Labs

Sharing economy poster child Airbnb is under attack in New York and other cities for potentially breaking local laws related to the renting of properties.

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Taking Your Marketing From Print to Digital

Eco-Office Gals

Establishing greener business practices can seem like an uphill struggle sometimes, but trust us, it is getting easier!

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How to Stay Competitive in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

So, you want to get ahead at work? Join the club! In today’s competitive workplace, you can’t afford to get lazy. No matter how “secure” you feel right now, there’s no such thing as certainty.

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Are You Doing Business the Way Everyone Else Is?

Tips From T. Marie

Categories: Business Tips How unique is your approach to business? Have you done some trailblazing to find what works best for you or are you following someone else’s recipe for business success? My son is constantly sharing funny videos with me from YouTube.

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Work Smarter: 5 Productivity Hacks To Maximize Your Time In The Office

Dumb Little Man

Everyone has them. Days spent staring at the computer screen, drinking cup after cup of coffee, struggling to get any work done. There are several common causes – procrastination, tiredness – all of which can be easily solved.

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The Pricing Battle: Charging for Your Time or Charging for Results/Value

Productive & Organized

Recently, I've been talking a lot with clients and in on-line groups as questions come up about pricing strategy. There seems to be a lot of confusion around making the choice of hourly charges or value based pricing / results based pricing.

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Divorcing Your Job

Small Business Labs

Divorcing Your Job is a fascinating blog from Ayelet Baron, a former Cisco Vice President turned independent worker. It focuses on the transition from corporate life to a more meaningful independent life.

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Working Green – Simple Ways to Make Your Home Office More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

If you are a freelancer who works from home, have you ever considered the impact that your home office makes on the environment? How could you alter your surroundings or habits so that you make your home office even greener?

How To Ask For Help With Your Career (And Get It)

Eat Your Career

Before I jump into the advice portion of this article, please allow me a moment to vent… I get anywhere from a couple dozen to a hundred or more emails a week from my blog readers. I love it and I read them all, I assure you. I do not, however, answer them all.

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Disorganized And Overwhelming Shouldn’t Be The First Words You Use To Describe Your Business!

Office Organization Success

But for many business owners that’s exactly what their businesses are! What if I could show you a way to turn that all around, would you be interested? Your Systems For Success is the solution you’ve been looking for!

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Beware of Passion ‘Suckers’!

Dumb Little Man

We call it by different names, but we all share the same sentiment; passion is an absolute necessity for greatness. Whether we’ve named it desire, obsession, fervor, enthusiasm or fire, we mean the same thing.

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Perspective - It Can Completely Change Your Results

Productive & Organized

The other day I was listening to Dave Ramsey share a story that I thought fabulously illustrated the power of perspective. He told of an English professor who wanted to make a point to her students.

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Why You Should Go To College and Finish

Small Business Labs

There's a lot of debate around the merits of the going to college these days. Due to high costs, high debt loads and a lack of good post graduate jobs, many are suggesting other paths.   Some say doing a startup is better than going to college.

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How We Made Our High Energy Consumption Business Green

Eco-Office Gals

As a stage and studio installation company, understandably our projects don’t always have energy saving properties at their core.

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The Real Reasons You're a Terrible Leader

On The Job

If you’re in any kind of leadership position, chances are you don’t go into work every day telling yourself, “I’m going to be the worst boss I can possibly be. Today is a new day to truly suck as a leader!” Yet, somehow, your team believes that is exactly what you must be doing.

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Free Coaching Call: October 2013

Eat Your Career

In case you missed it, I held my “quarterly” free coaching call earlier today. You can listen to recording using the audio player below or download the MP3 if you’d like.

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There Are Huge Health Benefits of Drinking Water But How Much Should You Really Drink?

Dumb Little Man

First Lady Michelle Obama was hit with a bit of controversy recently, when she recommended that Americans drink more water, but no matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, she’s right!

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Living the Mobile Life - Colleagues Share Their Virtual Business Strategies and Tools

Productive & Organized

Last week I started the series Freedom to Work from Anywhere: Living the Mobile Life and two of my colleagues shared their tips.    Today, we're going to share some more!    Do you dream of having a business where you can work from anywhere? 

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