June, 2012

8 Lies You’ve Been Told About Following Your Passion

Dumb Little Man

Are you doing what you truly want to do? Are you following your passion to the best of your ability? If you’re reading this post, the answer is most likely no. Time and time again, I see people who can follow their passion, but they don’t, because they hold themselves back.

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Why Task Lists Will Not Make You Productive

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. An acquaintance of mine is constantly making lists. She makes them on old envelopes, scratch pads, her phone, her laptop, her email and even her hand. Yet she is one of the most scattered, disorganized and unproductive people I know.

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Trending Sources

WinWeb Launches Unique Online Shop App

The Small Business Blog

Almost every business should sell products and services online. The truth is most don’t, because it is expensive and/or complicated to open an online shop for the non-geeks amongst us. Yesterday, WinWeb launched its new eShop App, which makes it incredibly easy, fast and cost-effective to set up your shop online. In the usual WinWeb…

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How to Get Your Boss to Love What You Do

On The Job

It sometimes is one of the great mysteries of the universe that the most obnoxious jerk on the planet gets promoted at work while the nicest folks seem to get laid off or stuck in dead-end jobs.

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Is Going Public Obsolete?

Small Business Labs

An interesting academic paper (yes, that's possible) - Where Have All the IPOs Gone -  suggests that the main reason for the decline in initial public offerings (IPOs) is small, high growth companies are finding it harder to compete with big firms.

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Google+, Is it Worth the Effort?

Tips From T. Marie

Google+ vs Facebook? I’m currently in the process of creating a Learning Module on social media for Virtual Assistant Survival School , so the infographic to the left immediately grabbed my attention yesterday.

6 Ways to Become a More Independent Thinker at Work

On The Job

One of the reasons I went into journalism was because I didn't want to rely on someone else to tell me the facts of a situation. I wanted to find them out for myself. Yet things have changed since I entered the media industry.

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An Assistant's Top 5 Tips for Managing Tasks and Priorities

Office Dynamics

I have several tips I can offer on this subject, but here are the top 5. If you make any one of these a habit, you will see an increase in your productivity. FOCUS! This is the most important of all 5. In a world where people think multi-tasking is a valued skill, it isn’t.

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Showrooming is Just Beginning

Small Business Labs

Showrooming is the trend towards shoppers visiting stores to see a product, but then buying it online or from some other store.  The reason they go elsewhere is usually price and they often use their smartphones to compare prices. There's been a number of recent stories on showrooming with varying points of view of it's impact. CNN's Will Showrooming Kill Businesses takes the view the trend is quite damaging to brick and mortar stores.

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How To Be Smart

Dumb Little Man

Too many people think that intelligence is a gift of nature and that there is little anyone can do to improve theirs. IQ tests have managed to confuse many of us, leading us to believe that intelligence is largely fixed. It is not.

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Cloud Computing: Affordable. Integrated. Adaptable. Bespoke.

The Small Business Blog

Our business environment is changing fast, often faster than we think. How do you meet this challenge – one year your are market leader and the next year you are market follower, one year you have plenty of business, the next you are struggling? Cloud computing is the latest buzz in IT and has undoubtably…

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Three Eco-Friendly Office Products That Make A Difference

Eco-Office Gals

If your office needs a “green makeover”, it can be difficult just knowing where to start. With so many eco-friendly products on the market, the choices can be overwhelming. To cut through the noise, I’ve chosen three of my favorite eco-friendly office products.

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This is Your Brain on Information Overload

On The Job

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Too Old to Be Hired?

Job Advice Blog

The law says employers are not permitted to discriminate because they deem someone too old, yet employers do so every single day. How can they get away with it? The answer is, By thinking it but never talking about it or documenting it. When questioned, their answer is, It was not a good fit. There [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund age bias Age discrimination career advice Career Consulting Career Transition interview interview preparation interview tips Job Search too old

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40 Irregular Verbs That Can End in “-t”

Daily Writing Tips

The predominant way to represent the past tense of a verb is to add -ed , but some verbs take -t as a variant ending, or even as the only form. Here are forty such verbs, including some ubiquitous words (like left and shot ) we may not even think of as having irregular forms because they are the only forms we know — for example, leaved and shooted are not options — as well as some that survive only in poetry or mock-archaic usage.

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Do You Know What "Success" Means for You?

Dumb Little Man

It’s a pretty good bet that you want to succeed in life – whether that’s at work, in your relationships, with your hobbies, or in any other domain. But how will you know when you get there? Have you thought about what success really means to you? It might seem like a silly question.

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UK Government Officially Abandons Small Business

The Small Business Blog

Vince Cable today in a speech told small business to stop complaining about the banks and go find much needed growth capital somewhere else. At least we now know where we all stand. It is alright, that these politicians use our tax money to bail the banks out and help them to pay themselves bigger…

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5 Ways Proper Power Management Can Make for a Greener Office

Eco-Office Gals

There’s a lot of big ideas for how to make an office greener, from uploading your office onto the cloud to biking your way to work. With all the outlets you have for making a greener office, there may be a (literal) outlet you’re overlooking. Your surge protector.

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7 Ways to Make the Most of an Internship

On The Job

By now, many college interns have started their summer gigs. Eager, bright-eyed and bushy tailed, they're ready to tackle the problems of the world, to impress their employers so much that job offers are tendered before the third week of their programs.

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In Transition: So What’s Your Brand?

Job Advice Blog

More than ever, when you are in transition you should have a brand. you ask. Because that is how you differentiate yourself and stand out from the proverbial crowd. Branding is not about what you like but about what employers like. Your branding statement—whether in writing, on the Internet, or spoken via your elevator [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund Bartnding career advice Career Transition Career Transition Coaching interview Job Advice job interview

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Managing Family Schedules Using Google Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the challenges of having a family with activities and schedules is that it can be difficult to coordinate things. Even in my small family, it can be difficult to keep track of where everyone needs to be.

Stand on the Edge of Your Comfort Zone If You Want to Get Past It

Dumb Little Man

The more you're willing to try new things, the more you'll evolve and grow as a person. As kids we embrace this fully.

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Celebrate Local, Independent Retail Throughout July

The Small Business Blog

There are over 169,000 independent retail businesses in the UK, equating to 92% of all retail businesses. From fashion boutiques and art galleries to convenience shops and DIY stores, independent retailers form a valuable and treasured part of many communities. They also form an integral part of local economies and contribute greatly to local employment …

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Tablets Taking Over at Work - And at Home

Small Business Labs

Marketing Charts - one of our favorite sites - has an interesting post on tablet computers at work.  It covers an IDG Connect study showing that 71% of 3000 IT and business professionals they recently surveyed owned tablets.

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How to Feel Better About a Job You Hate

On The Job

I think we've probably all had jobs we didn't like. We dreaded going into work, and huddled miserably at our work stations, wondering why everyone else seemed to be OK. Couldn't they see how horrible the place was? I've certainly had a couple of those jobs in my life.

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How to Find a Job in This Job Market

Job Advice Blog

I want to preface this by stating that I have been a practicing career coach for six years, during which time I have helped almost 400 job seekers. Every case is unique because no two circumstances are alike, but ultimately there is a lot of commonality between job seekers. Finding a job, especially in today’s [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund career advice Individual Career Counseling interview tips Job Advice Job Search Resume

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10 E-mail Etiquette Pet Peeves and How to Handle Them

Office Dynamics

From guest blogger, Pamela Baird, Intel. Additional Rules to Remember as You Write or Respond to Online Messages. So how many times have you read or written an email today? According to a 2011 study by IBM Research, more than 2.8 million emails are sent or read each day. People also spend more than three hours per day reading or writing those messages. That’s a lot of work – meaning what you see or do had better be worthwhile. Problem is, quality and quantity aren’t always on the same page.

7 Rules of Listening, Really Listening

Dumb Little Man

A few days ago, I got a message from one of my best friends. She asked if we could meet and maybe have a little chat. I didn’t hesitate and said yes. It was great way to catch up. When we saw each other inside the quiet little café we agreed on, she immediately went onto a sort of rant right after the usual pleasantries. She lamented about how she had this huge problem with a co-worker and how the situation was upsetting her and disrupting her work life.

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Top 5 Tips for Small Business Names

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. Try to not choose a name so obscure that it would require specialist knowledge to even understand, unless you are really only targeting a niche market. On the opposite end of…

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You’re An Idiot (And You Should Embrace It)

Men With Pens

I’m really sorry to be the one to break it to you, but you’re an idiot.

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How to Avoid Unethical Behavior on the Job

On The Job

The image most of us have had of the U.S. Secret Service is one of stern-looking agents, whispering into their shirt cuffs and ready to throw their bodies in front of the president or other important officials to protect them from harm.

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5 Ways To Use Google+ For Business

Small Business CEO

Google Plus is not only for social communication but has proven to be an effective tool for business. Whether it is used in cost reduction efforts or to save time, Google Plus has numerous features designed to improve business productivity and efficiency.

Time Management Tips for Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

I had a great day working with 20 talented executive assistants and executive secretaries in Columbus. Today we covered topics such as communications styles, establishing priorities, managing multiple managers, excelling at meeting preparation, facilitating meetings, and time management. It actually was time management that stirred good discussion as everyone is struggling with the volume of work to be done with less people. And we all agreed technology consumes a great deal of our time.

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How to Stay Focused When You’re Tempted to Slack Off – in 3 Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever find yourself staring at web comics or news sites (or even blogs on personal development…) when you’re supposed to be working? We all do, right? We all lack focus at times – especially if we’re struggling with a hard or boring task. And with computers / tablets / phones close to hand, we’ve got a world of distractions at our fingertips. Don’t feel bad if you don’t always concentrate as well as you’d like.

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