November, 2012

How do assistants get promoted?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Here is a brief history of my career to date – After University I landed my first job as a Team Administrator at Deloitte, after a year and a half I left to join the Institute of Chartered Accountants where again I worked as an Administrator and Assistant to a department manager.

Contest: Win Wonderful Day And Save Your Habits!

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. With the holiday season just about upon us, it is very easy for good habits to go right out the window. Or perhaps you need to establish a good habit to get you through.

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5 Etiquette Lessons for the Workplace

On The Job

The workplace sometimes changes so rapidly it's hard to keep up with what we're supposed to do and not do. But some things stick around -- like the importance of good manners. That's why I thought it was a good issue to explore for my Gannett/USA Today column.

How to Manage a Micro-Manager

Eat Your Career

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re being smothered, and micro-managers are really good at making you feel that way. They hover over you, constantly check in, offer instruction when none is needed, and expect you to do things their way and on their schedule.

DogVacay - Airbnb for Dogs Raises $6 Million

Small Business Labs

OK, I have to admit I think this is a great idea. DogVacay is an Airbnb-like service for dogs. The site lets users search for, find and hire dog sitters for the day, overnight or longer stays.

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Integrating Eco-friendly Practices Into the Business Sector

Eco-Office Gals

In the business sector, there are a lot of trends that come and go. One trend that appears to be here to stay is an emphasis on green or eco-friendly practices.

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How do you make your boss successful?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. I was chatting to a friend of a friend the other night and was asked that all important question ‘what do you do?’ I went with my usual response of ‘I’m an Executive Assistant’ only to be slightly more probed with the follow up question ‘Oh right… What do Executive Assistants do exactly?’

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Why You're Never Too Old to Launch Your Dream

On The Job

Workers over age 50 may only feel exhausted when they think of starting over. But there are plenty of older workers that are successfully launching new businesses that will inspire anyone of any age.

2012 242

What Should My Solo-Business Blog Be About?

The Solopreneur Life

T his is a guest post written by Dana Sitar, who is a freelance journalist and indie author. Dana Sitar. She shares resources, tips, and tools for dreamers in search of a path at DIY Writing.

2012 232

How to Deal with Constant Complainers in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

You know that person who always has something to whine about? Super annoying, right? Working with a constant complainer can be a challenge for a variety of reasons. And if you’re not careful, the situation could go from an irritation to a serious career killer.

2012 226

Black Friday Deals Your Website Will Thank You For

Eco-Office Gals

We’re going to try to battle the Black Friday crowd this year to get both of my girls a 4G ipod touch. If we can grab them up we can finally have our iphones to ourselves. We haven’t done this in years and I can’t say I’m looking forward to it.

2012 223

Should assistants ‘make themselves look busy’?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. During my formative years I had a number of part time and weekend jobs to earn some extra money.

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4 Areas To Hack Your Workspace For Better Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Whether you work in a cube farm, or in your own office, chances are you spend a lot of time there. The space where you work can have a direct effect on your productivity. Here are 4 areas you can hack to make your workspace a more productive place.

2012 227

How to Stop Procrastinating

On The Job

I'm not a big procrastinator. In fact, I probably try to do too much all the time, which would account for waking at 4 a.m. and making lists and putting the pork chops in the dishwasher instead of the oven (multitasking is a problem for me.)

2012 235

Are you missing half of the opportunity?

The Small Business Blog

This post was inspired by an article that I recently read on Fast Company called: Acquisition Is Sexy! Retention is Boring…Right?

2012 209

How to Stay Focused at Work During Personal Crisis

Eat Your Career

They say work and life aren’t supposed to intermingle , but I’ve never believed that to be possible. No matter how hard you try, there will inevitably be a time when stress in your personal life distracts you from matters of work.

2012 209

The Importance of Office Space and Location for a Business

Eco-Office Gals

Many business owners are unaware of just how important location and space are to their business. Getting the right office space is essential from the beginning because you will need to stick with this space until your lease is up. This makes it very important that you choose wisely.

2012 211

How do assistants ensure their emails are read?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. I got back from my holiday last week to discover over 200 emails for me to read, delete, action and generally sort through (I’d only been away for 4 days and that included the weekend)!

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Are You A Productivity Tortoise? Or Hare?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. The the famous fable by Aesop, a hare challenges a tortoise to a race. As the race progresses, the rabbit works in spurts, getting sidetracked at various points, always telling himself he is far ahead and still has time to win.

2012 226

CIA Officers Share Tips on How to Detect A Lie

On The Job

There’s an episode of the old “Gilligan’s Island” television show where the castaways eat seeds that make mind reading possible. While it seems fun at first, the Gilligan gang soon finds out that sometimes it’s best not to know what everyone is thinking all the time.

2012 209

Are Kids Too Expensive?

Small Business Labs

Of course kids are too expensive. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs $234,900 on average to raise a kid. This is up from an inflation adjusted $191,000 in 1960. By  By the way, these numbers do not include college costs.

4 Ways Making Assumptions Can Ruin Your Life

Dumb Little Man

I remember a date I had back in college. We talked, ate a great dinner and had a few drinks. Things were going very well and I thought this girl and I were making a great connection. Then it started to get late so we called it a night.

2012 285

3 Benefits of Going Green in Business

Eco-Office Gals

Many people have heard about going green with one’s business, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that not everyone realizes what this actually means.

2012 205

Office Politics – do you play along?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Last week I wrote a blog which asked the question ‘ Should assistants make themselves look busy? ’ I’ve had some great responses from people regarding the issue of perception, the way we carry ourselves in the office and the interaction we have with our colleagues.

2012 241

Is Your Default Activity Killing Your Productivity?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was listening to a Get-It-Done-Guy podcast recently ( Keep on Track by Designing Your Transitions ) where he talked about staying on track, and mentioned a default activity.

2012 211

How to Lead Like Abraham Lincoln

On The Job

I don't profess to be an expert on Abraham Lincoln, but what I have read about his life has been inspiring. He was the focus on a recent column I did for Gannett/USA Today.

2012 191

Are We Becoming a Part-Time Nation?

Small Business Labs

The U.S. has always had a lot of part-time employment.  In 2007, a year when the economy was strong and unemployment low, a bit over 22 million Americans worked part-time. This was about 16% of U.S. non-farm employment.    The vast majority of these folks - 88% - chose to work part-time.  Only 12% would have preferred a full-time job.   As of October 2012, about 27 million Americans worked part-time.  This is just over 19% of non-farm employment.

2012 190

Are You Making This Common Mistake With Your Family When You Work?

Dumb Little Man

For practical reasons, you have set your work-space to be at your kitchen table (that’s where your laptop is). Since you work before your family wakes up, you are forced to be located in the kitchen: That’s the only available space to do work during those hours of the day.

2012 285

How to Educate Your Employees About Going Green

Eco-Office Gals

In today’s society, it is incredibly important to instill green practices into your business. More and more companies are beginning to understand the importance of implementing these kinds of practices into your company.

2012 203

‘Essence of Entrepreneurship Juice’ – anyone?

The Small Business Blog

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and I’ve been busy speaking in all the major cities and on television. Not that I’m an Entrepreneur, hardly anyone that speaks on entrepreneurship is. I know as much as the next speaker, dress better, have been on television and I’ve written a best selling, funny book on enterprise. I also…

2012 190

Let’s Solve Your Biggest Productivity Problem

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We all have them. Whether they are minor annoyances, like not being able to get software to do what you want it to, to major ones, like losing track of appiontments, productivity problems come in all shapes in sizes.

2012 207

How To Handle the Mean Girls at Work

On The Job

Many women would like to believe that the ugly behavior they may have experienced at the hands of other girls in junior high – or perhaps even exhibited themselves – is just an unhappy memory by the time they join the working ranks.

2012 189

PA in Europe

Practically Perfect PA

I did something a bit crazy this weekend and now writing this blog I am absolutely exhausted and in complete recovery mode but at the same time I wouldn’t change my weekend for the world. So what did I do?

2012 187

12 Ways to Fail in Goal Setting

Dumb Little Man

Do you have something you really want to have in your life? Is there an ultimate thing that would make you the happiest person in the world? I think we all have at least one thing we badly want to get. It could be popularity, power, friends, love, money, lasting marriage, children, or health.

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Digital Printing for your Paprless Needs: Holiday Gift Guide

Eco-Office Gals

I recently completed a project I had been working on the last few months. It was a great opportunity to flex my photoshop skills and learn about the world of publishing – or shall we say digital print.

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The Startup Fiscal Cliff

Small Business Labs

We hear lots of discussion these days about the fiscal cliff. This, of course, is about taxes and federal spending. But startups face their own fiscal cliff. Over the last few years, there's been a surge in startup activity. This has been driven by several trends. First, It's never been easier or cheaper to start a tech and/or web company. And the the maturation and growth of the Internet and other technologies and industries (genomics, clean tech, robotics, Big Data, etc.)

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Review: Train Reaction

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever gone anywhere juggling multiple bags? When we travel, it is inevitable that my daughter cannot manage her suitcase, leaving me to juggle her luggage as well as mine.